The list author says: "As observant Jews, we won't get involved in many activities on our Shabbos (Sabbath). This precludes certain games, and we don't go out to the park either. So, keeping the little lovable monsters happily busy and enjoying this family time became a challenge. We rose to it, and here are our sanity savers!"
"My mother gave this to our children as a gift, and it has been a lifesaver. They can build whatever they want, or they can follow the included instructions. Our four, six, and eight year olds are busy with it four hours. Our two year old also gets involved, though on a smaller scale (he's the demolition team :)) My only complaint has been that we don't have enough pieces!"
"Our six and eight year olds can keep themselves busy on a quiet afternoon, and this toy is "shabbos certified" by me. Our four year old loves messing about with the cars, when he gets a chance. Thanks to my DH for this idea."
"During the week, I give my kids' sorting ideas for this game, and they love it. On shabbos, though, we just play the game by the rules. This game is only a sometimes favorite with the harshest critics (the kids). Of course, mom and dad can always borrow it a bit and play it themselves, so it's become a keeper."
"An instant favorite with everyone. To avoid writing issues on shabbos, we just play for fun and don't actually keep score. In fact, we have so much fun, we never keep score. Easy enough to take with us when we're at doctors offices, but in the main it saves long afternoons from boredom."
"It took time for our kids to get past the competitive aspect of this game. Once they dropped their win or scream strategy, it's actually become a winner. they can play round after round amongst themselves (and my big kids will help my four year old so he can join in!) Or they can invite a friend over to share the fun. And I don't have to arbitrate anymore. YAY."
"This is definitely geared to the younger end of our crowd, but the big kids love to "help them play" it too. Hours of good fun,each game different than the last due to the shuffle of the cards. The only thing I don't like about it is that there's absolutely no thinking involved. . . .So we try to add our own with discussions about colors and good food habits."
"Chess has long been a favorite around here, and our last chess set was more of a beginners' deal. We're past that now, and excited to teach the kids Backgammon too. The only downside here is that the board is less sturdy than I would expect - we haven't had it long and it shows signs of wear already."