Winter Games Night Family Tradition
Tips for surviving another winter
The Monopoly set we used as children was of the London streets so we learned the names like Piccadilly Circus and Bond Street without even knowing anything else about them. It was many years later before Monopoly introduced versions of the game suited to the major cities of the world. This was more educational too as you could associate with the local street names and airports on the board game. The funny thing now is that they Monopoly game I play with my grandchildren is Simpson’s Monopoly. The evolution of the game has done little to decrease its popularity. Some folks say that they electronic version ruins the game, as the part they liked best was holding their own paper money as they played. It could be argued that the banker in the game developed good math skills. Math ability is no longer a requirement as the calculator does all the work (and prevents cheating too). My gripe is that the play tokens are no longer made from metal (pewter) and are plastic instead. I don’t mind the change in the token shapes as I think the mobile phone token is a good modern piece for the monopoly game and brings it into the twenty first century. Many themed sets are available now and my favorite one is the Lord of the Rings Monopoly set which has an added dimension where by the ‘One Ring’ travels around the board. This feature works well because the game ends when the ring reaches ‘Go’ and most games only last about one hour. Older Monopoly games ran on and on for several hours (4 or 5 hours sometimes) and became boring, especially if younger kids were playing.
Traditional board games
Fruity word games
There are many educational, word based, board games available which are great fun for all the family and will help the kids to learn their spellings. Board games offer life-experience and learning to the young members of the family unit and contribute to their emotional development too. The old reliables like Scrabble, Risk and Clue are perennial favorites that have not altered much down through the years. Two rather newer games however are interesting and concern everyday fruit in the form of bananas and apples.
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Bring on the games
The first one is called Bananagrams and does not need any board for playing at all. It is a fast paced game and the object is to spell words in crossword fashion until you have used all your letter tiles. You can create rules to suit the family and we make the adult players draw two letter tiles for every one the kids use. This evens the game up but kids less than 7 years old will find this game more difficult to play than Monopoly where they enjoy throwing the die and using their money for buying property.
The second one is called Apples to Apples and is best suited to teenagers and adults. This is a card game with over 1,000 game play cards and the objective is to match them together in a ‘like with like’ or ‘apples to apples’ formula. The cards are dealt to the players who select a card from their own hand to match that of the master card played by the judge (dealer). The comparisons, or what people think are comparisons, can lead to great hilarity. The subject matter ranges from events, people, places and ordinary things which are all printed on the cards. For true fans of Apples to Apples there are expansion sets available with extra cards. Just like Scrabble and Monopoly the Apples to Apples Game has a junior game version for younger kids.
10 more popular games to consider
There are many existing popular games for children including Lego, My Little Pony, Transformers, Battleship, Thomas Train and other popular toys and older kids might prefer chess or philately which are not so family orientated. However the next 10 games are popular words, tiles, logic or card games that you might like to try out:-
Pictionary – A game featuring a pencil, paper and drawing.
Quiddler – A word game featuring up to 8 players making up words
My Word– A game featuring a word search using letter cards
Tri-Virsity– A word game similar to Scrabble but uses cards too
Trivial Pursuit - A board game featuring trivia questions and challenges
Taboo – A game featuring cards, phrases and the ‘Taboo’ words
Qwirkle - A game featuring logic, tile shapes and strategy
Wizard Card Game – A card game featuring a mix between Hearts and Gin Rummy
Smart Ass – A card game featuring Who, What, and Where Am I clue cards
Rory's Story Cubes – Featuring the imagination using a story generator with 9 icon dies