Board Games for Family Fun Night!

There are so many interesting board games available these days that it is hard to know where to start. When you go to choose a board game to play with your grandkids, bear in mind the age of the children. For the youngest players it is better to start with games of pure chance, so that everyone has an equal chance of winning. Games like Aggravation where you race marbles around the board and send your opponents back to base,are a big hit with kids, or Snakes and Ladders, known in N. America as Shutes and Ladders (I wonder when sliding down a snake became politically incorrect!)or, for the smallest folks Go Diego Go! 123 Game from one of their favorite TV shows, or Candyland , an old standby for kids, or Operation which calls for a very steady hand.

Once the children are reading and know their numbers, a whole new world of board games will open up.

Clue is a detective game, a murder mystery. Mr. Boddy is found dead at the bottom of his cellar stairs Players become suspects in the murder and have to discover who really "dunnit", where, and with what weapon.

Payday(Parker Brothers) another classic game that makes family finances fun while teaching children about money, spending, loans and bills.The best part - Payday comes at the end of every month.

Monopoly needs no introduction. These days the game of buying and selling houses, hotels, even railways, comes in many varieties, with TV characters, local settings and junior versions.But watch out that you don't GO TO JAIL!

Chess, Ludo, Chinese checkers, all games for two people, provide quiet one-on-one time with your grandchild. In contrast, Flapdoodle (Wiggity Bang Games), a new (to me) game provides noisy, crazy fun, ideal for children's parties.

For those who prefer non-competitive games, there is Ungame (Talicor Inc), which explores the entire range of human experience from light-hearted fun to tender moments by asking simple questions of players.

These games are just a sampling, mostly old favorites, a few new. There are thousands of games out there. I would love to hear from you about your family's favorite games and will add them to this page. Just use our "Contact Us" page to give your feedback.

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