I grew up playing a lot of board games with my parents.
My mom quit her job as an elementary school teacher and supplemented her income for a few years by selling Discovery toys. Because of that, we got some pretty cool Ravensburg board games.
One of our favorite things to do as a family is to play board games. As the weather starts to turn, the day fades faster, and the boardem starts, I thought I would share with you a few of our favorite family board games.
One of my favorite board games as a kid (that I still have and play with my kids) is Bazaar originally by Gryphon. Bazaar is a trading game with gemstones that you use to buy "wares" or cards.
I like to trade and barter, so maybe that's why I have always liked this game!
It's a good game for kids 10+ (there is a fair amount of reading), and is a lot of fun for adults to play with the kids as well. Guillotine is a humorous strategy game based on characters set in the French Revolution. You score points based on the nobles heads you collect over three rounds.
Some old stand by card games that we like to play as a family are gin rummy, UNO, and cribbage.
As part of my son's first grade curriculum his class made their own Mancala boards.
Mancala is a great game of counting and strategy that is easy enough for young kids to play and for adults to still enjoy. The goal is for the player to collect the most glass beads in his or her mancala (large cup at end of the board game) by distributing the individual cups beads one at a time around the board.
Cranium has the market on some of the best new board games available.
Our family loves this Zooreka board game (and shhh, don't tell, even my teenager likes to play this game!).
In Zooreka you get to collect food, animals and shelter to build your own habitat in your park.
One of our new favorites is an oldie but a goodie that I picked up at a garage sale.
The Farming Gameis an economic board game depicting the business risks and gambles of farming.
Since my husband thinks that since I grew up in Indiana I must have grown up on a farm, this is the perfect way for me to pretend and get back to my roots.
Blokusis a game of logic and spatial perception where players take turns placing pieces on their board, each starting from their corner. Each new piece must touch at least one other piece of the same color, but only at the corners. I lack spatial awareness, so those kids of mine, who are good at Lego's, usually have the upper hand on me in this game.
Slamwichis a game perfect for the younger kids, that reminds me of the card game speed.
Some other classics that our family loves are
Scrabble(you have to get the Deluxe edition-it's way better)
He's quick to remind us all of the summer he got the connect four trophy.
If you ever want to waste 10 minutes of your life, just ask him about it.
I started playing games with my kids when they were quite little. I've had to sit through countless hours of candy land (we use real candy as the pawns to make it more enjoyable for everyone), chutes and ladders and go fish games. Games are a great way to squeeze learning in while still having fun and thankfully, as the kids get older, the games get more enjoyable!
One of the best things I did when the kids were younger was to not let them cheat. It's sometimes tempting when the kids are little to let them cheat just to get the game over with, but as we play with them as they get older, having them understand how to really play the game and to be a good sportsman is one of the best things we could have taught them that actually translates to real life. It makes playing games with them more fun.
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