Board Games and Bonding Time

Kids these days have lost an important experience, that of playing board games with their parents. They’re all too busy looking at their phones and tablets for hours on end to sit down and play a board game like Monopoly or Scrabble with their parents. There was a time when this happened quite often, especially on rainy days during beach vacations, when there was nothing else to do but sit inside and play a board game. Mom and Dad would get out the Monopoly board and sit down with the kids, and a happy hour or two would ensue.

Twilight Struggle Board Game

Well, sometimes. Actually, what also happened at times was that little Joey turned into a rapacious businessman who did everything he could to drive the rest of the family to bankruptcy by buying up all the prime boardwalk property and pushing them to the sidelines. At some point there would be arguments, shouting, accusations of cheating, and then perhaps someone would overturn the board and stomp out of the room. Sometimes this childish behavior would actually be coming from Dad, who had a major competitive streak, and didn’t like losing to his kids.

Trans America Board Game

Seriously, though, board games are still a great way for parents to bond with their children. Although it can be hard to get children these days to put down their phones and concentrate on a board game, they often find that it’s a pleasant experience. It’s nice to stop all the chatter from social media and just focus on a game, and it can be a great time for parents and children to get to know each other better. It’s definitely worthwhile to get out the board games once in a while!

The Importance of Playing Games with your Child

Many parents believe that they don’t have enough time to play with their children, or that there isn’t a need for them to do so. Games are a major part of every child’s development, and a parental influence in this is very important.
Below are 5 reasons that make playing games with your child beneficial, for both parties involved.
1. Strengthens the bond between parent and child.
When a baby is born, they are not aware that they are separate from their parents, as we take care of their every need. This forms a very important nurturing bond. As a child grows older they become more independent and develop their own ideas and personalities. As a result, maintaining this relationship becomes more challenging.
When the parent plays games with the child it helps to build a stronger bond, by creating an environment for the parent to interact with the child in a way that they both enjoy. This brings them closer and helps develop a lasting relationship.
2. The parent is able to teach the child through games.
Playing games is the way that children learn about the world they are in. They are introduced to different aspects of themselves, their environment and other people. It is also more likely that they will remember what they learn while doing activities they love.
This makes play-time an ideal opportunity to teach a child moral values and social skills. Games based on reasoning encourage the child to develop problem-solving abilities and patience. These are all skills that will last a lifetime.
3. Enables the child to feel more secure.
It is the parents’ responsibility to ensure that children have a strong sense of security and safety. Playing games with them shows them they are loved and supported. This interaction also fulfils the child’s natural desire for their parents’ attention.
4. Parents become more aware of their child’s individuality.
Our children live in a world that we have created for them, and even though parental guidance is necessary, it is good to be able to see things from their point of view.
Whenever we play with our children, we can enter their world. Playing open minded games in which they set the rules, allows us to experience more of who they really are. In addition, our interest builds their confidence and teaches them to themselves more.
5. Helps increase communication.
It can be difficult for a child to express themselves verbally. Games that encourage self-expression will help them to get their point across. It is also a good way to for a child to show how they feel, when they are unable to explain it.

 

Here are few great board games that you can play with your children:

Mouse Trap Board Game

 

Solar Quest Space Board Game

Playing games with a child is more important than ever in modern society. Keep them short and sweet, and let your child know how much you love playing with them. One important thing to remember is that it is not the amount of time spent on the games, but the quality of the time and what both the parent and child will take away from the interaction.

The Noble Game of Elephant and Castle or Traveling in Asia: Re-Introduction To a 19th Century Board Game

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What is Noble Game of Elephant?

The Noble Game of Elephant and Castle or Traveling in Asia is an interactive board and race game that will keep players entertained while learning. The purpose of the game is to amuse and educate young people of both genders. Adults, don’t worry, you can enjoy this game too!

When you purchase the game, you will receive a full-color board, and a rule book which has 84 pages that’s packed with information that covers Asian customs, events, and remarkable people. The package also comes with the Catalog of The Historical Games Collection, four “Travellers”, or the pieces that each player will use to move along the board. These Travellers are tipped with different colors. There are also 16 “Counters” or lightly-colored chips to match the Travellers (4 for each player). The last piece is the Teetotum – a spinning top that has eight numbered sides.

 

History

The game was first introduced in 1822 as a hand colored engraving by William Darton – a book publisher from London. Released at the height of the British Empire, this piece describes the appearance, customs, and culture of the locals, and comparing their way of life to that of the British.

The game is played on a board that depicts an elephant surmounted by a howdah (ornate carriage) with an Indian mahout (driver). The board is subdivided into 25 cubes which have corresponding historical information that players will learn at each stop. Historical information varies from the mysteries of the Orient, across the frozen Arctic waters in the north, all the way down to the Asian regions like India, China, and Japan.

How to Play

Rules:

  1. Up to four players can be accommodated at the same time.
  2. The Teetotum must be marked 1 – 8 on each of its faces.
  3. Each player must have a Traveller and four Counters of the same color.
  4. To begin, all players must spin the Teetotum. Whoever got the highest number will be declared the first player. The second player will be determined by who got the second highest number from the initial spin, and so on.

The first player is required to read “The Caution” on page 4 of the accompanying game booklet, before the game officially begins. The Caution is a poem that talks about cheating and gambling – both of which are considered abhorrent to players.

  1. First player will spin the Teetotum to officially begin the game. The number that comes out from the Teetotum will be the corresponding spaces his Traveller will move on the board. The rest of the players will take their turn to spin and move their pieces as well, all while referring to the explanation for a Description of the Plates.

This is the part of the game that makes it different from other board games like, say, Snakes and Ladders, and other such pastime activities that share the same fundamentals. In The Noble Game of Elephant and Castle or Traveling in Asia, players get to learn about the 19th century history, the biggest news of that time, remarkable occurrences that marked a plate in world history, as well as historical figures that created a name for themselves through their remarkable deeds.

  1. There are instances when the game will direct a player to stop one or more turns. During this event, the player must place as many Counters on his Number and take one up each time, instead of spinning, until all of his counters are redeemed.
  2. When it was the first player’s turn to spin once more, he needs to add the number that turned out on his second spin to the number of the first spin that he got. For example: For the first spin, Player 1 got 6. So his Traveller now stands on No. 6 on the board. Suppose that Player 1 got 3 for the second spin. He will just add 3 from the previously acquired 6 so his Traveller should be standing now on No. 9 on the board. Second player will do the same, and so on. The game will go on until one player reaches No. 25, (A Gentoo), and wins the game.
  3. Players must land exactly on No. 25 to win the game. If a player goes beyond that number, that player will have to go back as many spaces as he exceeded then wait for his turn once more. For example: Player 2’s Traveller is already standing on No. 22 but he got 5 instead of 3 which would’ve let him won. When this happens, Player 2 must move 3 spaces towards No. 25 then go back 2 more spaces to use all his acquired moves. On and on, players will compete against each other until someone reaches Number 25.
  4. When a player spins and the number he got landed on a number with a corresponding Article that has a note, that player must refer to the page of the Notes for an explanation, reading it out loud for his fellow players.

 

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Back to Basics With Board Games: Why I Raised My Kids with Them And Not Video Games

board-gameI remember the time when my husband and I first bought a PlayStation for the kids (the first console, and yes, that was so long ago). It was fun at first. It was nice seeing the look of sheer joy on their faces whenever it was “game time”. A few weeks into it, and we noticed that they spent less and less time with us. It was only until our little one flat out refused to let us play when we decided that we had to bring back board game Saturday, as my husband fondly calls it.

I remember the time when my husband and I first bought a PlayStation for the kids (the first console, and yes, that was so long ago). It was fun at first. It was nice seeing the look of sheer joy on their faces whenever it was “game time”. A few weeks into it, and we noticed that they spent less and less time with us. It was only until our little one flat out refused to let us play when we decided that we had to bring back board game Saturday, as my husband fondly calls it.

Not All That Bad

I’m not saying that video games are the enemy. In fact, studies show that they actually help improve hand-eye coordination, decision making, enhance creativity, and math skills. A lot of these games are built on strategy and logic. This makes it a great supplementary tool to honing your child’s brain. However, like everything else, it has its downsides too.

The Missing Piece

The biggest problem we had with our children playing video games was their lack of socializing when they’re so immersed in it. Even if they were playing with other kids, their focus (as well as the focus of the other kids) was on the game, rather than their playmates. I suppose it had a lot to do with the fact that the game was on the TV screen. But even so, there was very little opportunity for actual interaction among the kids especially when they were “in the zone”.

The Key Difference

When we brought back board game Saturday, despite the many protests and cries of “lame” from our kids, we saw one vital difference. They paid more attention to us than the board. One advantage or disadvantage (depending on how you look at it) with playing a board game is the fact that the game is right in the middle of your group. Since the board games we played were strategic and highly competitive; the kids had to learn how to pay attention to verbal and non-verbal cues of the other players (i.e. me and my husband). They learned how to read people better. But more than that, they learned to converse with other people in the group while one is taking time “strategizing”. Mission accomplished for us, in tricking our kids to learn how to socialize better.

It Was Good For Us Too

Of course, we knew that the games would help shape our children’s minds as well as their characters. What we did not expect was that it would help us as well. There was one month when every Saturday we’d play word games. Our ever-competitive children, who take after both parents, wanted a chance to beat us so they started memorizing 3 words per day in the dictionary. It definitely increased their chances of winning, but the competitive side in me and my husband struck and we started reading books again, to refresh on fresh vocabulary words and grammar. Looking back, it helped both of us in our jobs in the long run. My husband had more bits of information to talk about with clients, my memory and retention of information improved, and overall we felt like we had better focus.

I can go on forever about how these board games improve critical thinking, sportsmanship, creativity, and self-confidence. You probably know about most of those board game benefits. My point is simple, board game Saturday didn’t just help our kids become smarter, stronger, and better people. It helped our family as a whole become all those things, and, more importantly become closer than ever. I hope this inspires a few parents to make your own board game traditions at home. Happy Playing!

Here are cool board games to check out!

Clue-Board-GameClue Alfred Hitchcock Edition

Hero-QuestHeroQuest Game System

Pirates-Caribbean-ChessPirates of the Caribbean Chess (in a Box)

PowerPuffGirls-Board-GamePowerpuff Girls Board Game

ScoobyDoo-Board-GameScooby Doo Clue Board Game

Live the Life You’ve Always Wanted on a Board Game

There is a plethora of board games available today; and only a few stand out to be worth playing for the whole family. Such is The Game of Life – with such a grand name, one wouldn’t think that it would be so easy to play and that it would appeal to millions, be known all over the globe, and sustain its popularity through the ages. Have you ever wondered how the game began and how it is still as popular as ever? Read on and be enlightened…

The Beginning of Life

The board game traces its humble beginnings in 1860 through the brilliance of Milton Bradley, an American Lithographer and an innovator of board games in the United States. When he first introduced the game, it was called “The Checkered Game of Life”. Basically, it revolves around a person’s journey through life – attending college, choosing a career, marrying, having children, until retirement. It can be played by 2 to 6 persons; the goal is to retire with the most money.  The game is played on a board with illustrations of a track, a spinning wheel with the numbers 1 through 10. Players each use a peg to represent their characters in the game. There are also houses, cars, buildings, and mountains to use to make the game more interactive. Play money and a bank tray are also included in the package to serve as the keeper of all assets. Remarkably, it sold around 45,000 copies on its first year of production – marking the beginning of a worldwide phenomenal board game that will entertain millions of people for generations and continues to do so.


How LIFE is Played

An updated version came out in 1960, on the 100th Anniversary since it was launched into the market. This one has a modified checkerboard for the main board, and the name of the game was changed to “The Game of Life”. Many changes have also been made – the cars were modernized, monetary values increased, insurance and stocks were added to the assets, and “Lucky Day” spaces were added as bonus.

At the beginning of every game, each player starts with $ 10,000; then on the first turn, they decide whether to start a career or go to college. As the game progresses, the players may get married, have children, buy a house, a car, and invest in stocks or gamble. The average play time of the game varies; with the end goal of everyone reaching retirement – whoever retires with the most money and assets is declared the winner.

A Game of Chance

If you’ve already read reviews or blogs about this product, you may have noticed that one of the prominent observations was that the game was more of a game of chance than strategy. Well, that was the original concept of the game anyway. As a matter of fact, with the game being very easy to play, it greatly outweighs its shortcoming.

The “Life” – Diversified

Since the updated inception of The Game of Life was introduced in 1960, it has spawned several editions intended to appeal to a wider audience. Below are some of them:

  1. The Game of Life: Extreme Reality – this is one of the most spontaneous versions of the board game; you get to add your own story to the game. You can live in a castle, in a space station, or even a shoe house!
  2. The Game of Life: Rock Star – this was launched in 2009 where players get to be their own rock star selves. Starting at a garage band, Recruiting Band Members, Touring on Buses, and Performing on Concert Venues are what this game is about.
  3. The Game of Life: Star Wars (Jedi’s Path) – this version appeals to a large audience especially the countless fans of the well-known series. This version is now considered rare and a collector’s item if owned as it has not been manufactured a long time.
  4. The Game of Life: Indiana Jones – introduced in 2008 in support of the release of the latest installment of the movie franchise – The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
  5. The Game of Life: Pirates of The Caribbean (Disney Theme Park Edition) – this was launched in 2004 for Disney, being a product of the movie’s fame. The game involves going through a pirate’s life. This version is only sold at Disneyland Resorts. Movie editions were later published in 2006 (Dead Man’s Chest) and 2007 (At World’s End) and were made available for the local public on most toy stores and bookstores.
  6. The Game of Life: Spongebob Squarepants – this was published in 2004; and targets youngsters. Players move around the hit TV series’ plot setting, Bikini Bottom; and instead of children, pets are acquired through the game.

In conclusion, it is evident that the game has greatly contributed to the establishment of the board game industry both in the U.S.A. and internationally.  It has captured the attention of many mainly because it is an embodiment of what an ideal life is. Plus, parents not only get to teach their children to participate in family quality time; they are also given the opportunity to show their children how to get through life in a methodical manner.

Check out this cool Game of Life, Pirates of Caribbean – Dead Man Chest Edition Board Game.

Life-Pirates-Game

Pirates of the Caribbean the game

Video Games vs Board Games

Although the video game industry is a booming titan in the world of entertainment – worth literally billions of dollars – it owes much of its success to old-fashioned board gaming (even pen and paper tabletop games helped shape the adventure and RPGs of present day)! Surprisingly enough – board game sales are actually on the rise (not to mention quite steadily in recent times) – meaning people are starting to miss actual human connection again!

It may be fun for some to lose themselves in a screen-world full of graphics and pixels – but for those of us that like conversation, stimulation and plain ol’ human interaction – nothing beats a board game. People of all background can gather around a table to socialize. Children can play while learning. Adults can mingle and connect. The last time we checked, the television doesn’t offer anything but pictures in return for its company.

Another huge thing missing from the digital world is the creativity of the user. Although you may be able to play in OTHER people’s worlds – with board games, all you need is some paper, pencils and scissors to begin designing and creating yourself. People have become so complacent with simply being told what, where and when to play that they’ve lost sight of their inner child. A little glue can turn some printer paper into your OWN magical world.

It’s not to say that video gaming is “stupid” or “bad” – it’s a fascinating, amazing technology that not only entertains but employs creatives world-wide. It’s just that the smell of a board on the dining room table, the laughter of your friends and family and good old fashioned fun can NEVER be replaced.

Click on the games below Amazing Race Board Game and NBA Live Video Game. Which one do you prefer?

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amazing board game

The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game!

Children, parents and kids-at-heart can all enjoy this collectible take on a gaming classic: The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game!

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The Monorail now runs through the eccentric town of Springfield in a strategic race to dominate the board! Purchase and re-sell your favorite locations from the show in the town of Springfield – such as Moe’s, Barney’s Bowl-a-Rama, the Kwik-E-Mart, and the Springfield Nuclear Power Plant!

Enjoy the same thrilling game play of classic Monopoly with an animated twist! Make deals, take risks and aim to dominate the board, all in the familiar town of Springfield! The humor that’s been long associated with the show follows suit in the game – integrating familiar faces and locations with the same basic strategy! With several collectible pewter tokens (including Kang the space alien, Blinky the 3-eyed fish, Bart riding his go-cart, Homer in a Monorail conductor costume, Santa’s Little Helper – the famous family dog and Jebediah Springfield), fans of the show are sure to be excited!

Strive to become the new multi-millionaire in town (so long, Mr. Burns) by accumulating monorail stops and stations on Simpsons-themed properties (such as Krustylu Studios and in-show landmarks). Unique ‘Chance’ and ‘Community Chest’ cards offer up even more sly references and cartoon likenesses of your favorite characters! The cultural references and humor of the show may be jam-packed, but the educational value of playing strategic board games remains constant. Children can have loads of fun while learning – a sneaky trick every parent should have up their sleeve!

This is a must-have for any Simpson’s collector – but casual fans can enjoy a great centerpiece for your next game night or party! Fun, referential and highly enjoyable, The Simpsons Monopoly Welcome to Springfield Board Game is an excellent addition to every game collection (recommended for ages 8 and up)!

Carmen San Diego – Awesome Board Game

Most Americans around the world love family board games. There are so many to chose from and many more keep different ones keep being made. Ages 3 all the way to adults love to play board games. Playing as a family is one of the best ways to do so.

Many stores that you shop at carry tons of different games. Usually when shopping in a store you will notice that there are isles of games that a person can choose from. Games can range from card games to games with dice. You name it companies have basically made it. Monopoly is one of the most popular games ever made. There has been many different versions of this game made all the way down to Masseyopoly which was based off of coal mines being bought and sold. Children learn to love the game early due to the many variations such as Spongebob monopoly. Some companies have brought board games out that are 3-D. That is something that is loved by children of all ages! Something that has never really been thought of as a family board game would be building a puzzle. There are so many varieties, the possibilities are endless.

One of the great board games you can play: Carmen San Diego Board Game

Carmen San Diego Board Game

About the Game: Carmen drove through three states in a row that start with the same letter. What letter do these states start with? Carmen Sandiego and her gang of henchmen are headed for the U.S.A.! Landmarks from around the nation have vanished. Can you picture Arizona without the Grand Canyon? Your assignment is to scout out the scenes of the crimes and locate the Warrant, the Loot, and the Henchmen. Be careful! When you guess incorrectly, a Henchman escapes! National Parenting Publications Awards.

Wikipedia: Carmen Sandiego is an American media franchise of educational computer games and other media featuring a thieving villain of the same name created by Brøderbund Software. The franchise’s main premise follows the user or protagonist who become agents of the ACME Detective Agency and later attempt to thwart and capture V.I.L.E. ringleader Carmen Sandiego. The franchise originally focused on teaching geography and history, but later branched out into mathematics, English, and other subjects.

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Learning From Board Games

“Learning Through Educational Board Games”

Learning does not need to be cumbersome. It only takes innovation and clever thinking to discover other ways to imbue knowledge on children and even on adults. To do this, one has to simply add two variables: fun plus learning. The result? Well, educational board games for one.

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Board games entice people to join in. In more ways than one they have to utilize their minds to memorize facts or solve problems to win. This way, they are more likely to engage on learning as much as they engage on gaming. Learning and gaming go hand in hand in this case, which makes information stick longer and faster in their heads compared to traditional teaching methods.

Educational board games are also great as an after school activity for children. Learning doesn’t have to start and stop at school. Continuing their schooling in a subtler and fun manner-i.e. educational board games-can help them out. Games like these help them enhance the way they think things through, quicken how they process information, and liven them up and motivate them to learn more.

Of course, they simply think that they are having fun and playing games, which is the important factor with educational board games. Making them feel that what they are doing is learning will encumber them. On the other hand, making them feel that what they are doing is fun makes them doubly enthusiastic, and at the back of their heads they are already storing knowledge. Moreover, if children are home schooled, educational board games are a great way to teach them.

But not all board games are applicable for everyone. Each game will have to depend on age.

Thanks to for this great article : by Robert Diarioti

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Board Game: Monopoly

Board games have been popular in nearly every known civilization. Many civilizations were playing board games before they developed any form of written language.

monopoly

monopoly

Board games come in two basic types. The first uses strategy to win the game. The object is to block or capture opposing game pieces or to capture larger portions of the game board. Monopoly and checkers are both examples of the strategy game. Strategy alone does not insure victory.

Chance plays a significant role in most board games, but not all. Some of the most respectable board games, chess for example, focus on skill with very little luck involved.

Purists feel that luck is an undesirable element. They feel the games should be based entirely on strategy and skill. Others feel the element of chance gives these games more complexity with many more possible strategies. These people feel the element of luck makes these games more exciting. On the other hand, games that are completely games of chance, where no or few decisions are made, quickly become boring to most adults. Many children’s board games are games of luck with few decisions to be made.

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Thanks to Royce Armstrong for this great article. 

 

You may also read few of our Monopoly Articles:

What You Didn’t Know About the History of Monopoly
Monopoly: The Most Popular Game in History
Who Played the First Monopoly Game