Family Board Games

Yesterday my Middle Son yelled, “We have a Special Delivery!!!” Sure enough, look what Amazon.com brought us:

Amazon Cat
Amazon Cat 2
Cat in a box. Surely no cat owner has seen this before, huh? I acted surprised, but really, Fred has been sleeping in there all day. He sits atop the dog’s house, enjoying his perch out of reach of the dog. But the dog can still reach him. Inside the box, however, he has some real protection.What really came in the box was one of my all-time favorite board games:

Othello
Othello. We played this game as kids and when I moved out of the house I took the dang thing with me. I love the feel of the smooth board and the heavy black and white chips. Such a simple game to learn, too. Keeps the mind occupied while giving it a gentle work-out. My kind of game. A month ago I went on a search for my old board, but, like everything in this house, I think my husband may have tossed it out. He claims I “told him to” but I would never do such a thing!! I’ve still got my old Monopoly game from way back when, has he lost his mind?

The minute the box arrived I broke it open, skimmed the rules to refresh my memory (it’s been a while) and jumped right into playing with one of the twins (he’s 8 years old). I was too kind in my instruction and he beat me. So far I’ve played the game with almost everyone in the house. It is addictive. Board games are great family fun. They stimulate the brain enough to keep you focused, but not overstimulating like video games can do. Just since buying Othello this past month, has increased our “play time” together, getting us back into the board game mode. Now my daughter wants us to get Apples to Apples.A few more of my favorite board games:

Uno (the younger ones love the Uno Attack version)
Pictionary
Yatzee
Checkers (of coarse)
Scrabble

I would add Chess to the list, but I have yet to learn how to play. I’d love to learn, though.

What games does YOUR family play? I’m always up for a new game.

7 thoughts on “Family Board Games

  1. MY DAUGHTER IS ONLY THREE AND WE PLAY DOMINOES ALL THE TIME. IF YOU CAN COUNT DOTS, YOU CAN PLAY DONMINOES. IT IS FUN FOR ALL AGES.

  2. I don’t know if you can get Rapidough in America, but its a firm favorite around our house at Xmas! Two teams get a pot of playdough each and then draw cards (pictionary-style) and have to ‘make’ the word out of dough. Points to the winning team each round, and the losing team lose a chunk of dough, so it gets harder!

  3. Oh my gosh, never heard of Rapidough; sounds like a hoot!! We could probably rig up a game of it with some Pictionary cards and some ‘dough 🙂

    Dominoes — yeeeesss. My husband likes that one.

  4. I’ve always wanted to learn how to play chess, too. My five year old has been asking to learn so I started looking around for something that could teach me so I could teach him. I found a game called No Stress Chess; it’s hard to describe, but is has a deck of cards that teaches you how to play as you’re playing–and then the board reverses to a regular chess board once you’ve learned the game.

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