Introducing a new trend in entertainment – board games

Introducing Board Games from What To Do With The Kids

If you are over the age of 50 then there is no need to read this article.  For those younger, read carefully.

Video games are amazing and have come a long way since the days of Pacman at the local arcade.  Video games are pretty realistic now as they make you feel like you are actually killing and bludgeoning innocent people and violently stealing cars for points.   You can even be partnered with someone thousands of miles away to wreak havoc on some unsuspecting village from the comfort of your living room.  There is however a style of game that is interactive, challenging, fun and designed for various age groups and is played in real time.  It’s called a board game and they are available almost everywhere.

For those of you who grew up with PlayStation and XBox, board games usually come in a box with an actual board, game pieces and sometimes cards and even play money.  They require no screen, batteries, internet connection or Wi-Fi and may be found in the back of closets, under beds and hidden away in basements.

You may have seen the most basic of all board games at your grandparent’s house called checkers.  A very simple and fun game that can be played anywhere you can place the board.  In checkers you need to plan your attack while defending against your opponent.  You capture your opponent’s piece by jumping over them.  No bloodshed involved.  It’s the ideal game to introduce to young kids.

If your kids are older, you’ll want to introduce them to games that use dice.  The idea of these games is to move your game piece around the board based on the number that is rolled.  There may be areas of the board that will penalize you if you land on it and some that will reward you with a prize or an extra turn.  Again, no killing of characters is necessary.

For the more advanced, there are board games that involve strategy and even role playing.  These games are ideal for those who are looking for something more intellectually challenging.

Board games are interactive, require no batteries and help your kids make decisions instead of just reacting to a situation on a screen.  Family board games are a great way to spend time with your kids, have a ton of quick conversations and have a few laughs.

When my kids were young we played a lot of board games and one of our favorites was Trouble.  We spent a lot of time pushing down on that plastic bubble to bounce the dice and when we lost one of the game pieces, we simply replaced it with a large crayon which became the running joke for all our future games.  We also played kid versions of Clue, Yahtzee and Monopoly as well.

Video games can seem exciting but board games allow you to communicate with each other, laugh and really enjoy each other’s time and although my kids are in university, they still have fond memories of sitting around the dining room table playing games.

It may not be scientifically proven but if you want to get closer to your kids, start playing board games with them when they’re young and start making some happy memories.  Most of the classic board games are still sold at your local department store and keep in mind, if you ever lose a piece, you can always use a crayon.


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