A grandparent's view of 'entertaining kids'
We've just returned from a family meal out with the grandparents
and two of their friends. A rare but enjoyable treat for us. But it was noticeable not just for its rarity value, but for the comments that we drew from my in-laws' friends. One friend works in
the NHS, another in the hospitality and travel industry. Both in their early 60's, both young grandparents, they see a lot of family life.
As we brought out books, pens, stickers and word searches to entertain our young children, they noted how nice it was to see children using pens and paper. So many children these days, they said, are entertained by screens and electronic games, especially during meals and in waiting rooms. They favour the interactive engagement of "the old school tools". Children grow up so quickly, they felt....why not engage and play with them while you can?
Screens at the table - Yes or NO!?
I would never want to judge others for their choices in how to entertain their children...I'm definitely up for DVDs on long journeys and am a long way from calling in the 'screen-time' police on anyone else! But I saw a post on a local mums' page recently, with a mother expressing her frustration at a family in a restaurant whose child watched a dvd throughout the meal. The response from other mums was strong...it's not our place to judge, and how could anyone know what other fun, family activities they had done together that day? It's clearly a subject that evoked some passion.
Those mums were absolutely right, of course - it's not our place
to judge other parents and their choices about how they enjoy an evening out. But nonetheless there will be people - like my family friends, and the person who first posted about her frustration
on the mums' site - for whom time together should be about engagement and interaction. And many of those will be of our parents' generation - the grandparents and aunts and uncles who raised
children before the dawn of the apple industry!
Gotrovo: creating fun with the grandchildren!
Grandparents' time with children is precious...it is a fundamental bond that must be built within relatively short periods of time, crammed into the hectic schedules of everyday life. Often we don't create enough space for it. But making that time fun, imaginative, memorable, tailored to the children...all of this can help bring maximum rewards.
This was, without doubt, part of our ethos in creating Gotrovo. As mums we also treasure that family time together, and the ability to create those lasting childhood memories. Every child loves a treasure hunt, and with the ability to tailor the game to different ages and abilities, different weather conditions indoor or out, to play in different locations at home or abroad, and to offer different prizes and rewards to appeal to the child's interests, there's endless potential to create much treasured fun. And the game can be a great lead into another activity: the prize at the end can be anything you want.....a trip to the park, a sleep over with friends, or fun baking a cake together.
So for those grandparents and relatives that favour more
traditional games and activities with the children, having fun indoors or out, and helping them learn and develop in the process, Gotrovo can be a great choice.
As two of our grandparent reviewers have commented:
Granny of 2-USA- FIVE STARS
What a great low tech product! My Granddaughter loves this treasure hunt game. She has just as much fun being the treasure hunter as she does laying the trail. I would recommend this fun game to anyone who has younger kids and who is looking for a game, kids can play both indoors and out.
Vinnie the driver-UK-FIVE STARS
Brought this game for my grandchildren after meeting the brains behind it, and the resulting fun that they have had with it is amazing. I've never seen the four of them have so much fun indoors before, they can't wait to play an outdoor treasure hunt (as soon as the weather permits). I would recommend this to anyone.
Incidentally...if you are looking for a great way to entertain kids in restaurants, try Gotrovo Mealtime Treasure Hunt! It's a great way to create happy mealtimes!