Board Game

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So I wanted to expand my thoughts here a little on one of the main staples of a Family Game Night, the Board Game.

Family Game Night

Many of us have played at least one board game in our past and more than likely have at least one that you enjoyed more than others.  If you don’t already have one, this old favorite would be a great place to start.  Your excitement will bleed through to your family and should help get you kick started!

When looking at a game make sure to pay particular attention to how long it takes to play.  If you have multiple kids, you want to make sure that each kid has an opportunity to pick a game they want to play during your Family Game Night.  Try to find games in a similar range of expected time play and plan enough time for each kid to be able to pick one game.  If you have a large family you may have to set up a rotation that spans over more than one night.

One of the drawbacks to board games is that they can often contain a lot of little pieces.  This can cause challenges in a couple different ways.  First off, always make sure to seal all of the pieces in a sealable baggie when storing the game.  This will help cut down on the possibility of losing a piece.  Secondly, the more pieces there are the more set up time there could be.  Be careful to make sure to account for the time it takes to set up and break down the game.

Two Red DiceA lot of board games also contain dice to play the game with.  I highly recommend that you instruct your family about proper etiquette for using the dice.  You do not want the dice to be rolling around the board game knocking other pieces around, or falling down to the floor.  Thankfully most board games come in a box, and a box lid is a nice contained area to roll in.  A shoebox or its lid also work great if the board game does not come in a box.  Another crafty idea is to let each kid create their own dice rolling box to use.

Well, that’s all I wanted to add in for today.  I am looking forward to growing this community with you and if you have any questions or tips, please comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

James
james@familygamenightideas.com

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2 Replies to “Board Game”

  1. Nice post. Game nights are lots of fun! Since it is hard to avoid board games having lots of small pieces- I recommend picking games with lots of EXTRA pieces to compensate for lost ones. One of the best for this: The always fun, and everlasting Monopoly. You could lose $1,000s in monopoly money and half of the property toys and still have enough leftover pieces to keep playing. Plus, there are so many different Monopoly themes you can easily find a theme the kids will go crazy about. I loved playing The Simpsons Monopoly when I was younger.

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