Family Fun Month

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Posted by:
Andrew Birkett
Date Published:
Aug 26, 2018

August is Family Fun Month, and what better way to have fun with your family than with board games?! Modern board games are a great way to spend time with your family. There’s truly something for everyone. No matter what the situation or age ranges in the family there is a game that will be a hit among the whole family!

Why Should You Play Games With The Family

One of the great aspects of board games is their replayability. While going to the movies or an amusement park can also be a fun family experience, board games are unique in the sense that they can be played over and over. As most parents can attest – kids aren’t cheap. Finding fun activities to keep them busy and happy without breaking the bank is not easy. Board games can be fairly affordable, especially if it gets played a multitude of times with the whole family, which makes board games a tremendous investment for families with small entertainment budgets. If you’re an extra thrifty family you may shop for used/discounted games can save even more money, which can be used for more games or maybe a much-needed spa getaway. Furthermore, if your family has some close friends that also have children you can trade games in order to get the maximum bang for your buck. When your children seem to be unenthused with a particular game then you can trade for something new to you.

Another tremendous aspect of board games is the potential learning opportunities for children. Board games give parents and children an opportunity to connect and bond over a shared activity while also learning important skills such as problem-solving and deductive reasoning. Some board games also have dexterity elements in which players must manipulate the game pieces correctly in order to achieve their game objectives/goals. This can help younger players who are developing their gross and fine motor skills, while still giving adults a challenging and interesting game. There are even a few dexterity games which are more difficult for adults to bridge the gap between older and younger players. In Rhino Hero, players take turns stacking bent cards that represent a tall building that the hero must climb. But be careful! If you knock over the “building,” the other players win! This game has been a huge hit at my house, with adults requesting to play as much as the children.

Additionally, competitive games can be utilized in order to teach children appropriate responses to winning, and possibly more importantly, losing. However, if you don’t feel your children are up to playing competitively yet you can play co-operative games with them instead. Co-op games are great for team building and showing your children how to work together towards a common goal. These games are particularly useful if your children have difficulty losing or will be too competitive in other games. This is an excellent way to have gaming fun without having to worry about your children fighting. Board games can also help reinforce other skills/behaviors that parents and teachers may want to emphasize.

Another benefit of board games is their ability to bring people together. Kids these days spend a large amount of time on mobile devices and board games can give them a much-needed break from the digital world. Additionally, you can join local board game meetups (at libraries, bookstores, game stores or potentially even a board game cafe) in order to encourage your children to have social interaction with others their age. Furthermore, several board game conventions around the world are family-friendly environments that encourage children to play games with other children and adults alike. Dice Tower Con is a great example of this, where children as young as 6-years-old were teaching and playing games with adults.

Finally, though there are a plethora of educational uses for games they are also just pure, clean, fun! My family loves games that allow for some silliness and time to unwind for the whole family. No matter what a family’s needs are there is likely a game to suit their interests, price range, and skill levels. No matter what the motivations or games are chosen, playing board games as a family is a great way to connect and create lasting memories.

Specific Game Suggestions

For families with younger children, it can seem daunting finding a game that will suit their younger and older children. However, there is a wide assortment of games that can be played by children as young as two years old, which can also be fun for their older siblings or parents. Story Cubes, for instance, are easy enough for even the youngest player to engage with while still entertaining older children. Each box is a set of dice with unique pictures on each face. Players roll the dice and create a story together using the depicted images. My kids love this game, and we own many sets. My youngest son started playing when he was only 3, rolling the dice and describing his story.

For families with older children who might be looking for a bit more strategy, there are games that can suit their needs as well. Some of my family’s favorites include Tiny Park, with push-your-luck and spatial reasoning mechanisms feel like an introduction to more complex games. Or My Happy Farm, with action economy and resource management, it feels like a beginner farming game.

With all board games have to offer, they are a great option for families looking to have fun together. What are you waiting for? Go play a game!

Family Fun Month

Article

August is Family Fun Month, and what better way to have fun with your family than with board games?! Modern board games are a great way to spend time with your family. There’s truly something for everyone. No matter what the situation or age ranges in the family there is a game that will be a hit among the whole family!

Why Should You Play Games With The Family

One of the great aspects of board games is their replayability. While going to the movies or an amusement park can also be a fun family experience, board games are unique in the sense that they can be played over and over. As most parents can attest – kids aren’t cheap. Finding fun activities to keep them busy and happy without breaking the bank is not easy. Board games can be fairly affordable, especially if it gets played a multitude of times with the whole family, which makes board games a tremendous investment for families with small entertainment budgets. If you’re an extra thrifty family you may shop for used/discounted games can save even more money, which can be used for more games or maybe a much-needed spa getaway. Furthermore, if your family has some close friends that also have children you can trade games in order to get the maximum bang for your buck. When your children seem to be unenthused with a particular game then you can trade for something new to you.

Another tremendous aspect of board games is the potential learning opportunities for children. Board games give parents and children an opportunity to connect and bond over a shared activity while also learning important skills such as problem-solving and deductive reasoning. Some board games also have dexterity elements in which players must manipulate the game pieces correctly in order to achieve their game objectives/goals. This can help younger players who are developing their gross and fine motor skills, while still giving adults a challenging and interesting game. There are even a few dexterity games which are more difficult for adults to bridge the gap between older and younger players. In Rhino Hero, players take turns stacking bent cards that represent a tall building that the hero must climb. But be careful! If you knock over the “building,” the other players win! This game has been a huge hit at my house, with adults requesting to play as much as the children.

Additionally, competitive games can be utilized in order to teach children appropriate responses to winning, and possibly more importantly, losing. However, if you don’t feel your children are up to playing competitively yet you can play co-operative games with them instead. Co-op games are great for team building and showing your children how to work together towards a common goal. These games are particularly useful if your children have difficulty losing or will be too competitive in other games. This is an excellent way to have gaming fun without having to worry about your children fighting. Board games can also help reinforce other skills/behaviors that parents and teachers may want to emphasize.

Another benefit of board games is their ability to bring people together. Kids these days spend a large amount of time on mobile devices and board games can give them a much-needed break from the digital world. Additionally, you can join local board game meetups (at libraries, bookstores, game stores or potentially even a board game cafe) in order to encourage your children to have social interaction with others their age. Furthermore, several board game conventions around the world are family-friendly environments that encourage children to play games with other children and adults alike. Dice Tower Con is a great example of this, where children as young as 6-years-old were teaching and playing games with adults.

Finally, though there are a plethora of educational uses for games they are also just pure, clean, fun! My family loves games that allow for some silliness and time to unwind for the whole family. No matter what a family’s needs are there is likely a game to suit their interests, price range, and skill levels. No matter what the motivations or games are chosen, playing board games as a family is a great way to connect and create lasting memories.

Specific Game Suggestions

For families with younger children, it can seem daunting finding a game that will suit their younger and older children. However, there is a wide assortment of games that can be played by children as young as two years old, which can also be fun for their older siblings or parents. Story Cubes, for instance, are easy enough for even the youngest player to engage with while still entertaining older children. Each box is a set of dice with unique pictures on each face. Players roll the dice and create a story together using the depicted images. My kids love this game, and we own many sets. My youngest son started playing when he was only 3, rolling the dice and describing his story.

For families with older children who might be looking for a bit more strategy, there are games that can suit their needs as well. Some of my family’s favorites include Tiny Park, with push-your-luck and spatial reasoning mechanisms feel like an introduction to more complex games. Or My Happy Farm, with action economy and resource management, it feels like a beginner farming game.

With all board games have to offer, they are a great option for families looking to have fun together. What are you waiting for? Go play a game!