Photo by Rachel Hadiashar
Family Pastimes makes our family's favorite games! Their artisan, cooperative games are super fun, beautifully designed, and build collaboration + cooperation in your family. What could be better? We love what this eco-friendly company is all about.
It's a joy to welcome Jim Deacove, who is a dad and the founder of Family Pastimes, to the 12 Days of Christmas Gift Giving! Jim has been making games for 42 years, and his neighborly approach to business is a model and an inspiration. He is the creative mastermind, developer, and artist behind his games.
Did I mention most of his cooperative, artisan games are on SALE FOR $10?! What a gift! Stock up this holiday season on Family Pastime games, my friends. Each game is a beautiful story, art piece, tool for teaching peace, and game made sustainably that your whole family will treasure.
Comment on my Facebook page by midnight on December 3rd to enter to win two Family Pastimes cooperative games: Lost Puppies and Speedy Parcel. Winner chosen at random. Continental U.S. shipping only. Thank you Family Pastimes for keeping the hope alive that learning how to work together as a people can begin in each of our homes.
What do you love about what you do?
I am fortunate to be involved with all aspects of making and distributing the co-op games. I get to think up the ideas, test them around the valley we live in, do the artwork making use of my training in fine arts, and even do the printing, help with the gluing, diecutting, and assembly. For example, this morning I am assembling the Explorers games.
I also love doing workshops and presentations because in the intensely competitive society we live in,
even after 42 years of doing this,
I still find that the public at large needs to be educated about what the experience of sharing and collaborating and finding non-violent ways to solve our difference is all about.
Anyway, don’t get me started. It’s a different head space, for sure. As I tell Mary in this article, I get more excited at a Mennonite barn rising than I would at a Superbowl.
What's your favorite game that you make? Either your all-time favorite or the best one to give as a holiday gift?
My favorite game is always my last love child, so it has to be the Hungry Ones. As for a holiday gift from Family Pastimes, it’s best to give an age-appropriate game from a theme that you know will be of interest. (p.s. Megan's family's favorite games are Caves and Claws, Sleeping Grump, and Yard Sale--but there's not a Family Pastimes game that we don't like!)
How to play The Hungry Ones:
Spread seeds over the winter until spring, so all 8 visiting creatures get a share. If one or more creatures hog most of the seeds, sadly some will go hungry. Let us feed as many hungry creatures as we can and teach these little ones to share, so no one goes without.
Do you have a favorite holiday family tradition to share?
I play Santa in our tight-knit valley, visiting homes with children, knocking on doors, giving out games, pretending to be consulting my long list of names of children who have been good this year. I always ask for names that I know don’t live there, but am always amenable to adding the name of the child who happens to live at the door I’m knocking on.
Thank you, Jim for being a modern day St. Nick!
Head over to the Parenting for the Next Generation Facebook page by the stroke of midnight on December 3rd to win a Lost Puppies and Speedy Parcel game.
Thank you, Jim and Family Pastimes for your awesome + artisan contribution to the world of family games!
Learn more about the benefits of cooperation....
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