We love board games and have a regular family games night every week in The Mad House. We are rather over-competitive when it comes to games and have a cupboard full of games to choose from. The MiniMads are currently 9 and nearly 8.
We read about this on Iota’s blog and we love it. It is a simple card game, but is so much fun. It is one of those games that doesn’t drive the adult insane when playing with the children. It is also compact so takes no storage and is great for travelling. We played this a lot on our recent trip to Center Parcs.
The object of SET is to identify “sets” of three cards. Each card is unique in its four features; color – red, green or purple, symbol – diamond, squiggle or oval, shading – solid, striped or open, and number. I can confirm that age is no advantage with this game and the boys manage to beat me pretty much every time we play it!
Now we have a really old school Boggle set (which me and MadDad used to play over 20 years ago). Now the boys are at an age where it has really come in to its own. In fact Mini can often win with his amazing number of three letter words that he gets.
We have recently graduated from Junior Monopoly to the regular game and yes it can be a LONG game (which we tend to play over a number of evenings), but the boys are getting much better at the whole strategy of buying and paying rents etc.
We actually prefer Bananagrams to Scrabble at the moment as a family, perhaps due to the fact that it is faster, more compact and we play in teams with one adult and a child. It is also great to play as a solo player and again is super compact so doesnt take up much space and is great for taking away with you.
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We LOVE Boggle. Monopoly unfortunately causes WAY too many arguments with kids on the Autism Spectrum…
I’d forgotten about set. It was popular here a few years ago but didn’t really stick. If I see it I may buy it. We play Taki (or Uno) and endless rounds of Frustration atm.
Board games are a lot of fun aren’t they. We are still on the quite young games, however, I can’t wait to start playing the likes of Monopoly!
We love playing board games.! J is too young yet to join in, but I’m sure he will cheat like his dad! x
We tend to only pull out Monopoly at Christmas, but it is fun, we should do it more x
Our kids are too young still, but me and my wife often have games nights with friends.
We’re fond of Village (by Marcus and Inka Brand) where you have to earn prestige within a medieval village by taking up different professions; and Carcassonne (by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede) where you have to build cities, farms, cloisters and roads.
We played bananagrams at Christmas. My 9yo loves Monopoly, so do I but it is a game which really drags out! We also got him Dobble for Christmas which we enjoy x
I don’t play board games now but when I was younger I loved Monopoly although everyone used to cheat haha!
We all enjoy family game night. Connect four, downfall and chess are big favourites. Monopoly is banned though because it always leads to all out warfare!
We have Boggle it is so much fun, although we don’t ply that much as my husband gets way to competitive! xx
We love Monopoly, but currently we are in phase of a card tricks
We love bananagrams, and need to check the other games out. Isabelle is more and more into playing board games… unfortunately Olivia wants to be taking part too, so you can imagine the scenario!
My kids are too young for board games but I’m looking forward to introducing them when they’re older.
Lots there we’ve not tried. I think ours is go fish and scrabble. I love playing my eldest at Scrabble, he’s getting quite good at it now too!
Haven’t played Boggle for years!!!
We love Scattegories at the moment and Tellestrations (very funny game!). I have often looked at Bananagrams but wasn’t sure what it was all about. After reading your post, I think I would like to try that one as it sounds like something we’d really enjoy.
With Aaron being only 3 our board games are currently “The Shopping List game” and “The Monster Game” both from Orchard Toys. He never ever tires of them, as he knows it is a guaranteed way of getting me to sit down with him. He is so good at sticking to the rules. It is wonderful to see xxx
I LOVE a family board game evening! Although W is a little too little yet, T and I love mastermind 🙂
I’m definitely a minority…apart from scrabble I hate board games!!
I adore boggle – though I think that any board games are a real chance to have good fun and giggles with the family, and such a change up from all the tech we use day in day out (me included)
We were sent a Monopoly set for taking part in Honkopoly. Can’t wait until our two are old enough to play it!
We love frustration, we tried Monopoly the kids just didn’t get the concept
Ahh monopoly is awesome! We also love scrabble, cluedo and rummikub 🙂 great pics