Home with the Kids by Norah Colvin

Combat Boredom with Board Games

I was over at the Carrot Ranch last week, discussing the benefits of playing board games as a family with the children. Pop over there to see which games I suggest and add your own favourite board games in the comments.

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Home with the Kids by Norah Colvin

One of the best ways to have fun while learning, or to learn while having fun, is by playing board games. Playing games together as a family helps to bond family relationships. Adjustments can be made to suit most numbers and ages and rules can be adapted to suit your purposes. While the main thing is to have fun together, there is a lot of learning going on too.

Social Skills

One of the greatest benefits of playing board games is the development of social skills.

Some of the social skills children learn include:

Getting along and taking turns

Playing fair — accept the roll (if dice are used) or draw (if cards are used) for example, and respond accordingly: don’t try to pretend it wasn’t a “proper” roll (e.g. dropped); or attempt to change the count by skipping or counting twice on a square.

Abiding by rules — all…

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20 thoughts on “Combat Boredom with Board Games

    1. Norah Post author

      You can! And there are lots of apps too. I play a couple of word games on my phone that are fun. Words with friends is a Scrabble-type game and Word Blitz is like Boggle. You play against people rather than the computer, though you can play the computer too. 🙂


  1. petespringerauthor

    I enjoyed your post the first time over at Carrot Ranch. I never was a fan of video games like my son is, but we are so desperate for competition over in the US that the 24-hour sports network (ESPN) has been airing athletes against one another playing video games. I wonder if there’s something like that for board games.

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    1. Norah Post author

      I wonder. My family has been trying to figure out how to play some of our favourite games together online or over zoom but it’s not so easy. While some are available, they don’t seem to get good reviews.

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  2. roughwighting

    I’ll comment on the other site too, but I must say that I stopped playing board games when I turned 13 – and returned to them when my first grandchild turned 5. We are all (all six grandkids) having so much fun with them now! 🙂

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  3. Dimity Powell

    Agree 100%. Some of our most cherished moments involve board (and card) games played as a family around the camping table whilst on holidays. Nothing beats it. Sadly it is not something we automatically allow to spill into everyday life back in the grid. Unless there’s a power outage of course! D x

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