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Published January 20th 2014
I am amazed at how many children come to our house and have never played a board game. At some schools they have introduced board games into math sessions because they have found the same.
There are many educational benefits from playing board games, for example problem solving, strategy development, basic number facts, addition etc. Apart from these advantages, board games are a great fun family activity that gets kids off their computers.
A while back I wondered if board games would be phased out because of the introduction of electronic versions such as scrabble, chess and other traditional games that are now available as apps. But when I went to a toyshop I discovered many shelves of board games, many of which I had never heard of before.
When I opened my games cupboard I found Fishing Fun, Trouble, Hi Ho Cheerio, Headache, Backgammon, Scrabble, Memory, Battleships, Guess Who, Wiggly Worms, Beetles and Bingo… and they were just some of the games that I hadn't played for a while.
My favourites include Monopoly, Connect Four, Snakes and Ladders, Chinese Checkers, Checkers, Mastermind and Twister. Most of these games are played worldwide and have been played by our parents and grandparents. I love something about all of them.
Monopoly This has got to be the best all day, rainy day game. Only start Monopoly when you have hours to spare and it's best with four players or more. It's a good one to teach teenagers about managing their money and investments. Who would have thought this idea would prove popular?
Connect Four A fabulous strategy game requiring planning. I tend to forget to focus on the other player's moves while trying to connect four of my own pieces … to my detriment.
Snakes And Ladders
This is easy for all ages and does not rely on any skills. With the roll of the dice and a bit of luck anyone can win or lose right up to the last move.
I think this is my favourite. I like the idea of plotting to get from one end of the board to the other in one move. Kids seem to pick this up pretty quickly... unfortunately.
Checkers This is a bit like the skills required for Chinese checkers. It can be played pretty quickly but can drag on at the end if someone has a lot of queens.
I once got the answer in two shots. I'd like to think skill was involved but it was just plain luck. Some concentration is involved and it's a great one for problem solving. It feels fantastic when you figure it out.
This is a funny game, especially when played with children because they really have to stretch a long way and they never seem to pick the easy option. I have heard that this can be played at adult parties as Strip Twister. I don't even want to think about that!
So many good board games ... I want to go and play one now!