Bring Back the Board Game

Scheduling an afternoon of board games each weekend will bring back not just memories but also create an opportunity for family time and a hands-on learning environment. Here are some board games that have entertained many generations:


Connect 4:
Remember the brightly colored red and yellow discs that you dropped into a blue grid on many a rainy afternoon? It’s time to bring it back for a mommy-son, or daddy-daughter playdate, as the case may be. The idea is to choose a color, take turns dropping the discs into the vertical grid and form a horizontal, vertical or diagonal line with four discs that belong to your color.

This classic word game will teach your child spellings like no dictation test can! It encourages participants to test their vocabulary and get creative. Players use their seven drawn letter-tiles to form words on the game board. Each word laid out earns points based on the commonality of the letters used. Two to four players can play this game.

Boggle is similar to Scrabble but it’s a timed word game. Players have 3 minutes to find as many connected words as possible from the face-up letters resting in a 16-cube grid. Shake the letters, turn over the timer and start hunting for words.

This much-loved game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses is sure to create some family memories. Each team selects a picturist (the person who will draw) to give clues about the answer and the rest of the team tries to guess before the timer runs out. Newer versions include more fun features like All Play and two levels of clues.

Hungry Hungry Hippos:
Four hippo heads make for marble-chomping, hippo-feeding fun. Each player chooses a different colored hippo. When you push the tail, it will extend its head onto the playing field and the aim is to chomp as many marbles as fast you can. The player with the most marbles wins.

Trivial Pursuit:
Depending on which edition you have, this classic game is for the trivia buff who can answer the maximum questions on general knowledge and popular culture. A great way to tie in general knowledge awareness with the fun of winning. Multiple formats have been released.

This mysterious board game has two versions, the Mansion game and the Boardwalk game. Players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery of the murder, answering questions like who done it, with what and where, with the help of, you guessed it, clues!