Fun Board Games

Family Time – Fun Board Game

Praise clean and good family fun

Ah, the joy of a family night with fun board games played at the dining table! From Chutes and Ladders to Monopoly, through Tripoly and Clue, to Stratego, Risk, and Battleship, board games are really fun.

When we were young, our movies were books and our game consoles were kept in boxes on cupboard shelves. I recently rediscovered this joy with my seven year old granddaughter. We make decisions to watch less TV and spend more time doing things that encourage personal conversation and interaction. It was a good decision. We spent the summer doing puzzles, reading books together, and playing games at the dining room table. Now I know which girls in her class laugh too much, which boys will chase you on the playground, and how much homework “they” expect her to finish. I also love to see my very smart and very cute granddaughter become a gambler.

All this time together takes me back to my childhood. We never really have to decide to watch less television. We only had three channels and my dad’s interests ranged from news to football. Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Joe Namath simply dominated the airwaves in our house. Philco is Daddy’s. So we play outside in the sun and play inside when it rains or the night brings us indoors. I can still feel the feeling of sitting around the kitchen table on cold nights with my brothers and sisters and sometimes my parents, the smell of good cooking, the laughter that swells with the ups and downs of the game. I vividly remember knowing the warmth and comfort of my place in the family. And all this is connected in my mind with the fun pleasures of board games. 

Board Games for Adults can be fun!

Board Games for ADULT??? Okay, “for Adults” doesn’t have to mean  “for Adults”,  if you know what I mean. 

Seriously, most of us just want to have good conversation, good company, and clean fun when we socialize. What better way to enjoy the company of friends than to spend a peaceful evening playing a game or two. Put it in the coffee pot, heat up banana bread or coffee cake, and have fun board games.

Pictionary is a great game. I have a friend who guesses a picture from a straight line. Honest. I had trouble identifying the photos, so they waited until I was out of the room to pick a team. I’m much better at Scattergories. And Trivial Pursuits. I am a useless knowledge font.

How about you? Are you a brain? Maybe Cranium or Scrabble is to your liking. If your skill lies in strategy, you may prefer Chess or Mastermind. Backgammon and Yahtzee both use a combination of strategy and luck. There’s always a hint if you’re a sneaky kid or if you harbor suspicions and conspiracy theories. The old reliable monopoly allows you to train to be destroyed financially. And for all of you who will become Kings of the World, it is hard to beat Risk to dominate the world.

There are many more. Pick a favorite board game or two and call the crew. Adult crew. Adults – adults – have fun just by playing some board games. Hang out. you know you want. It had been too long since the last meeting.

Teens also want to have fun in board games.

Fun board games for teens sound like you’re trying too hard. Is it right. But you don’t. Young people are just people. They have friends. They like to do things with people they like. They are tired of trying to say the right things, wear the right clothes, hang out with the right crowds. Heck, they’re tired of just trying to figure out what all that is. They need some relaxing time with no major consequences – just the opportunity to slow down a bit once in a while. Offer them a board game party.

Risk, Yahtzee, Pictionary, Scattergories, Trivial Pursuit – all of these are suitable for team play. Trivial Pursuit comes in several variations, so if they’re  big fans  of  Lord of the Rings  , go for that one.

However, they will play with a different intensity than their parents. “Soorrryyy” can take on a whole new meaning in your home. Player pieces may be slapped on the board with more energy than expected. Game of Life may be given options not listed in the rules. This scene will cause them to monopolize the television while Monopoly will give them time to take over the fridge. Who cares? They’re at home, in yours, laughing like crazy and having more fun than they ever thought possible. No keggers, no missing parents, no car troubles – just friends and food and fun. Even teenagers have fun with board games.

And what about the children? Are they having fun playing board games? Mayybee.

 Basic board games: kids board games. I speak the heart of childhood, elementary school, making games of all age groups. They make their own board games. They play board games at school during bad weather. They play board games all summer on the floor, usually on the doorstep of the kitchen. They just play. So what do they play?

The old stand-by is still loved. Checkers and Chess are easy to find and only require two people. The monopoly can last all afternoon and may not even end with a clear winner. There’s Monopoly Jr. now its perfect for novice readers and only takes about thirty minutes to play.

Sorry and Trouble, with its great Pop-O-Matic dice cup, remains a crowd favorite. Game of Life has become very convoluted, but kids still love to play it. Mouse Traps are fun to make and have the added value of trapping mice half an hour after the game is over. Upscale tiers have fun with Clue and Colonel Mustard and the Library – with the chandelier. Then there are cartoon-based games (think Spongebob) and Junior versions of Trivial Pursuit and Cranium. And Chinese Chess and Parcheesi and Operations and Tri-Bond and Mancala and Aggression and Backgammon and Scrabble and – oh, you got it. List of children’s board games as long as you can imagine.

Don’t leave preschoolers. Board games are not only fun. They are useful.

We don’t always think of board games for preschoolers when we think of their games. Little kids run and jump and fall and get up and do it again. We sometimes limit their quiet time to watching television – cartoons and kids are pretty good when Mom and Dad need some quiet time. However, we missed some important training for the little ones, as well as spending time together in a quiet setting. More and more, children are losing the art of polite conversation and civilized interaction with adults. One solution? Get the game out!

Preschool board games help children develop the skills they need in reading. They learn to match colors, count, recognize letters and their sounds, think sequentially, win gracefully and lose gracefully. This is a pretty important concept. Candyland and Chutes and Ladders will tire you out, because your child will want to play again and again. There are all kinds of dominoes (I know – not just board games) that allow kids to match cartoon characters rather than dots. There are games that allow them to match picture cards arranged in squares and games that require fine motor skills. You’ll find that it’s all a lot of fun for your four year old.

Take the risk. Board games with your preschooler. How much fun can you fit into one day?

WHO! The most fun part.  Vintage board game.

Yep, a fun board game from time to time, making it  vintage  . Nice word for the  old  . Well, maybe not too old. Remember this?

Tripoli.  We played this with the neighbors. I don’t remember much about it unless we used poker chips. There is a big green mat. And it’s pokerish. And rummyish too, I think. There he is. That’s all I remember. Maybe because I have a crush on a neighbor. 

Then there’s Game of the States: VERY educational.

I’m sure this was a gift from my aunt. Very confident. Is it right. Aunt Helen. He was always the best at finding “educational” things quite enjoyable. Thank you, Aunt Helen. I miss you.

We really learned all sorts of things about the state. We studied capital cities, country birds, agricultural products, populations – none of which I remember now. After all, not much will be the same. 

Now let’s talk about the REAL fun we have with board games. How about Tycoons? You have to gnaw at money and be free of conscience. My brothers slaughtered me. What else? Strategy. Mystery Date! Now there is a good game for sleeping. Surfer friend. Hmmm. Remember him? Clue, Monopoly, Scrabble, Rook, Payday, Stock Market – all great games. I wish I still had it all. But there is one we play ALL THE TIME:

Square miles.    This is a game with plastic roads and bridges. There are railroad tracks and a swamp. There are tiny little buildings – houses, schools, churches, factories, apartment buildings, shopping malls. This is a cool game. Square Mile is the best for rainy days. 

Board games are great fun. I recommend their revival even if you’ve just pulled out a game of Monopoly for a night. Step away from the x-box, look your kids in the eye and say,

“That’s a Boardwalk with four houses. You owe me $1700.”

My name is Beth Haley. I am a choir conductor, teacher, writer, child, sibling, parent and grandparent. For the record, the latter is the best. Born and raised in the south, Gulf Coast settled, and for the most part happy. And blessed. You are invited to visit me on my home page:  There you will find these and other devotionals, as well as links to amazing people and places.