Saturday, 4 January 2014

Family Fun: Getting back in to board games

Regular readers will know that as a family we tend to get most of our fun outdoors enjoying the wonderful county of Cumbria. However at this time of year we are forced to spend more time in doors. Therefore I have been spending more time playing board games with my children. A big family Christmas also included plenty of games too as there was very little TV watching. Here are some of the games we have been enjoying over the last week:

Mexican Train

This was a new one for us and we were introduced to it on Christmas Eve. Originally we played on a double-9 domino set and then I bought our own double-12 which comes with the special station:

Mexican Train with double 12 dominoes

You have to basically create a train using dominoes and be the first one out. All of the family from aged 7 upwards loved this and I am sure it will be played regularly. The pieces marking the train ame from the next game:

Dr Who Monopoly

This was a treat over the summer as they brought out a 50th Anniversary Dr Who edition. Basically the streets are replaced with TV episodes, stations with TARDISes and the pieces represent the different doctors. I like having the Tom Baker scarf:

Dr Who 50th Anniversary Monopoly

Nice for a bit of variety though my parents prefer the original version!

Dominoes

Of course having bought the new dominoes for the Mexican train we then had a huge set for playing a proper game:

dominoes

It takes a lot longer to finish a game with double 12s and you need a much bigger flat surface to fit them all on:

double 12 dominoes

What are your families favourite board games?

26 comments:

  1. We did laugh at these - H particularly liked the armed guard idea. We have a cat lead, but it was never terribly successful (only used it to get cats used to new gardens) and last time we used the cat escaped.

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  2. We love Monopoly and have so many versions. Thanks for the heads up on the Dr Who Version - we want to start playing more.

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  3. think they were thinking "lunch"

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  4. the harness fits ferrets and guinea pigs so guess rats would be in between size wise! glad to make you smile

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  5. was fun if a little bit stressful

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  6. he was a good guard! go on show them I dare you..

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  7. cats and leads doesn't seem a good combo! H would make a fab guard. Job done if you laughed :-)

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  8. think I only have a retro verison, world cup rugby and dr who!

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  9. Hehe, I've never had a guinea pig. Love the shots of the cat watching

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  10. sabrina montagnoli4 January 2014 14:58

    I never knew you could take them on walks to be honest! That cat does look like he is ready to pounce though!

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  11. we only went 5 metres! Olly looks hopeful every time we put them in outside run...

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  12. Wow, that little Guinea Pig sure looks like he's enjoying the big wide world (and the cats look like they want to enjoy him!)

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  13. he wasn't sure and kept hiding!

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  14. Glad to see you're enjoying some board game love...especially with the weather as grim as it had been! I'm a big fan and I keep meaning to review some on LearnerMother, you have reminded me I need to get on to it!

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  15. playing monopoly now on my bed!

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  16. Hilarious! I've never heard of walking a guinea pig, but why not. There's someone near us who takes his two ferrets for walks. Love the picture of cuddling her pet - such tenderness.

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  17. It's lovely to snuggle up and play some games together isn't it!

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  18. it is until someone cheats and WW3 breaks out!

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  19. What a really cool Monopoly!! We only have he original one. Z would love the dominoes. We tried to play Jenga the other day. It didn't go too well :)

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  20. fair amount of cheating in our monopoly games!

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  21. oh my goodness - taking the guinea pigs for a walk is just so cute. I love it! Pets are great - especially when you get out and about with them. It reminds me a little of Bolt! YOU ARE AWESOME - has just sprung to mind :)

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