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Posted: 01/03/14 04:49am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

What games do you take with you to help pass the dark evenings & rainy times? Looking for new ideas for 2. Also, games for a family including children for visits? Thanks!

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Posted: 01/03/14 05:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We take Pegs and Jokers, Mexican Train Dominoes and Sequence. Our grandchildren love all three and we old folks enjoy evenings playing too.

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Posted: 01/03/14 05:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My wife likes to write down all the different plates she sees while traveling

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Posted: 01/03/14 06:23am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We like playing Uno with the kids. Also, Trouble and Sorry are good with all ages.

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Backgammon, cribbage, dominoes and scrabble





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Posted: 01/03/14 07:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We played a game called Qwirkle all season, sitting outside. Camping neighbors would come over and ask what the heck we were doing having so much fun. We found a travel size version for the winter, when we want to play inside. We used it this weekend and it was great, too! There are three sets of each of the six colors and six shapes that you have to play along the way so that you create rows of the same shape that are all different colors.

A great thing to do with kids to is challenge them to HACK board games and change the rules up OR to create their own games using common game pieces. Give them a set of dominoes, a pair of red dice and a pair of white dice and tell them they have 30 minutes to create a fun game and you are going to come back then so they can teach you the game. Then, play their game and laugh with them. They may want to be able to do it again to refine their rules or they may challenge you to do it.

Or, put out a game everyone around the table knows how to play or has at least seen played before, start a timer for 20 minutes and start with the oldest kid. The oldest kid starts the game by making up the rule about how the game starts. You can make the rule that no rules from the "store version" of the game can be used. The next person adds a rule about how the game continues to another player, the next person adds a rule about something else, and this continues for 3 or 4 rounds - passes are allowed. Play continues with the rules that have been established. When the timer goes off, once it gets back around to the oldest kid everyone gets to make one more rule that will lead to the game ending.

Or, put out a game everyone around the table knows how to play. Each person gets to declare one of the rules they would like to change and how they would like to change it. Then, play the new game.

We do things like flip a coin at the end of a Putt-Putt match to see if the high score or the low score wins as well...things to get kids to think strategy and to also put the emphasis on having fun and not just winning...winning and losing is based on a set of rules someone devised. Who says you can't change the rules? It's important for kids to know appropriate ways to challenge rules and what their rights are to move for change. If your teenagers are in to The Hunger Games series, that's a great launch point for a deep conversation about the role of government in making and enforcing rules as well.


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My parents used to have us plan the route (with their help). Our job was to find all of the points of interest along the way and do some research to have details about the sites ready to discuss as we got close. Some we would stop at, others we would just talk about as we went by (for example the Cadillac Ranch in Texas, you could see it from the highway).

I actually learned to like to read while on trips with my family. With my weekly allowance, I would buy comic books and read them as we travelled down the road. Eventually the comic books gave way to paperback books.

One of our favorite games, my mom would make a list of things to look for...barb wire fence, water tower, Barbersol Signs, cows, firetruck...etc. Each of us had a list.
The goal was to find as many of the items on the list as possible. It was a good way to keep us quiet because you didn't divulge that you had spotted one of the items.

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Try Bananagrams


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Posted: 01/03/14 12:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Skipbo, rummycube and triominos.

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We like Rummy cube and Up words and Trionomos,all 2 to 4 players


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