We love games in our household and after Sunday’s giveaway, I thought I’d post about some of our favourites. We’re not heavy duty gamers, but we do like a good strategy game and these kind of games are great for teaching the kids all kinds of thinking skills – counting, strategy, risk/reward etc…. all skills for life. In fact, all teaching should be done through play and games in my humble opinion – and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be…. but I digress…..
With the kids we started off with some of the Orchard Toys range – most of them have been fabulous, gradually we’re moving on to basic strategy games like Connect 4, Rummikub and draughts. Scrabble of course is a game which every family should have too…. but I just checked the price of the junior version and it’s a whopping £25! Finley (6) is just beginning to grasp Chess…. sort of and the kids really like the idea of the colourful games they see on the tele…. we’ve managed to find a few of them in the charity shop and they’ve all confirmed my fears that they don’t hold the attention for much more than one run-out of the batteries (which they consume at the rate of knots usually).
Now on to the grown up stuff: Our absolute all time favourite is a game called “Carcassonne“, it’s a brilliant, addictive tile laying game….. everyone is on tenterhooks until the end since you don’t know who wins until you count up the points. We’ve loved playing this so much with friends that we’re thinking of buying the kids version so that we can get the kids into training to play the big kids version with us soon. If you don’t have any gaming friends then I’d highly recommend the Rio Grande range of 2 player games – Hera and Zeus is brilliant, and there are lots more.
Beware though… games might look like a great family alternative to the tele over Christmas, but I have known glasses of red wine to be chucked in fiancees faces over a Risk board, and one friend was plunged into deep depression when his character was killed in a longstanding game of dungeons and dragons. Even I (shock horror) have been known to sulk for at least 10 mins over a Carcassonne loss….. not that I’m competitive at all…. me? Nooooo.
If you haven’t found any games you like the look of in this post, then I highly recommend Board Game Geek for great reviews of games.