Like good homeschooling parents, Chris and I had never allowed the kids to have a game console. That is part of the list that "good" homeschooling parents keep to. You know the one that also says: No corporate logos, No toys with batteries, No processed foods, No TV, No babysitters, No plastic toys, No disposable diapers etc....
Since we failed on all the other "good homeschooling parents rules" we threw caution to the wind and said OK to a Wii.
My mom and uncle were generous enough to buy a Wii for the kids for Christmas along with a couple games. I bought a couple more games and some "needed" accessories like an extra MarioKart wheel and numchuck. Well, if this thing isn't the most fun!!
Chris and I play, Ben plays and of course, all the kids in between can play. We've always been a game playing family but once you get such a wide age range you start running into problems regarding ability. Sure, all the big kids and Chris and I can play Candyland with the littles but every parent who is honest will admit that after the first 10 or so Candyland games with their oldest child they would rather chew glass then commune with Lord Licorice and Queen Frostine E.V.E.R. A.G.A.I.N.
The younger kids know the rules of games like chess and backgammon but playing against children 5-10 years older then they are just isn't fair. The beauty of the Wii is that children and adults of different abilities and ages can play together and everyone has a good time and not just staring at a screen but talking and interacting and having fun together. Chris and I are to old and befuddled to play complicated games but even we can handle tennis, golf, bowling and even a little Mario Kart or WWII Aces. Chris can play Madden 09 with Jack too.
The cute games on Wii play are just right for the 8 and under set.
We'll have to see if the novelty wears off but I don't think it will.