Board Games

This game is called “Dungeon!” and it’s inspired by “Dungeons and Dragons,” but it’s more simple to play.

If there was one thing I wasn’t planning at all when I started homeschooling, it’s that we’d become a family of gamers. Well, we may not be gamers according to everyone’s definition, but we do play a lot of games. My boys love their digital games, but they also love board games, and this past year, especially, we have played more times than I care to count. The boys keep getting more and more games for gifts too. (Anything that keeps them busy for long stretches of time is actually a great gift!)

I play games with my eight-year-old every. single. day. Well, almost. Once in a while, something might interrupt this schedule, but we really do play pretty much everyday. He is becoming adept at strategizing, counting change, and planning ahead. I think he’s learned so much from these games, which is why I don’t mind playing with him.

Star Wars Risk – really fun game.

We play in the evenings during the eleven-year-old’s second piano practice session. This can take over an hour, so we’ve got a lot of time. During his breaks, my eleven-year-old will come over to watch us, and sometimes he’ll try to help me play a game better, but his brother doesn’t appreciate that very much. lol Sometimes he helps his brother too.

I taught him how to play Rummy, which I always played with my grandmother.

On the weekends and sometimes during the week, if they aren’t playing outside, the boys will play board games together. It’s a lot of fun for me to watch them play together. They’ll play games that I don’t know how to play, and in fact, my eleven-year-old has spent some considerable time reading the hefty instruction booklets of a couple of his dad’s old war games this year. (I think that’s one of the biggest perks of having a boy who can read — I don’t have to read the instructions anymore!)

We love monopoly and play it often. Sometimes “Chick” plays with us too. In this game, he became a “thousandnaire” and won.

I can’t possibly list all of our games, but here are a few that were played frequently this year. Don’t tell the boys, but we also have a few other games packed away in the closet, waiting for birthdays and holidays and such! 😉

Some vintage games we own:

The Game of Life
Air Assault on Crete

Great games for younger kids:

Sum Swamp

Newer games that the boys love:

Star Wars Monopoly
Star Wars Risk
What’s It?

Please tell me about your family’s favorite board games.


6 thoughts on “Board Games

  1. Board games are so much fun! My son loves to be the banker in Monopoly and he has a good math mind so it works out great. Life is fun, too.


  2. We enjoy Ticket to Ride, Upwords, Uno, Skipbo, and Exploding Kittens, just to name a few. We are always looking for new game ideas. Great post!

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