Adrienne of Baby Toolkit reminded me that it's Screen-Free Week…an event takes me by surprise every year, probably because my family is more attached to screens than I like to admit. So much of our entertainment, info gathering, communication and work revolves around screens that going screen-free would require an immense amount of planning. But that's really just an excuse, isn't it? The whole point of the exercise is to call attention to the mindless way in which we plug in, and to remind us that there's a whole world out there waiting be experienced directly.
Well. We'll just let that hang in the air while I change the subject.
We love to play board games. My husband, Rael, has resurrected his childhood love of role-playing games (Dungeons & Dragons, Warmachine, and the like) which, if you're into that, will entertain you for hours. In fact, they're fantastic for math skills strategic thinking, but that's another post which I hope Rael will write. He also loves board games, and, because he hangs out at game shops, he finds games that go beyond the usual Milton Bradley classics (although we like those, too).
Here's our current mix of favorite board games (our kids are school-age and readers):
Fluxx: Our go-to game, hands-down. A simple enough card game in which the rules change at every turn. Great fun, good for teaching flexibility and sportsmanship, and playable in about 20 minutes. For families with younger kids (6 and up):Family Fluxx.
Munchkin: When we have more time, this game is our favorite. Funny, mischevious, great for building negotiating skills. Slightly off-color so good for older kids or families with wacky senses of humor. Your tweens will love this game or one of its many variations.
Wings of War: An unusual game in which you slide beautifully illustrated cards around the table to simulate famous air battles. Teaches spatial reasoning, strategy and history. Fun for non-readers and very calm and relaxing despite the context.
Apples to Apples: We got this in a game shop years ago and are happy to see it has made the full jump to the mainstream toy aisles. Fantastic for practicing vocabulary, logic and confidence (you have to argue your points to win), lots of fun for everyone. Comes in a Junior version for ages 9-12 (the regular version is listed for kids 12 and up), but we have found it's fun for much younger kids too. Our daughter has been playing since she was 6.
What are your favorite board games?
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