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Classic Game Night With Your Family

Whether you are dealing with an electrical power or Internet outage, cabin fever, snow day or summer doldrums; why not challenge your children to learn and play classic board games?


The following games are interactive and teach and strengthen strategy skills, problem solving and patience.

If you never played some of these games as a child yourself,  then you can all learn together! You may decide to began a family game night once you revisit these classic favorites!

1. Chess


This 1500-year-old game originated in India and is an international game of tournaments and champions. The personal interaction of this game is invaluable for teaching children interpersonal skills as well as the game moves.

Strategy and anticipating the opponent’s moves makes this a real brain game. Players can go from beginner to expert and enjoy chess though all life stages and into retirement for those who love it.

While only two can play at a time, families can have a tournament with the winners playing each other until someone emerges victorious!

2. Checkers


Checkers is the classic board game of the young and old. The game originated in France in the early 1200’s and is called “Draughts” in Europe. Your children can learn and then challenge grandparents to play when they come to visit.

The strategic skills and patience of chess carry over to checkers. Teaching this game will ensure that there is ALWAYS something to do! While only two can play at a time, family members can take turns and have a playoff until there is a family champion.


3. Mahjong


Our friends from China have gifted us with this memory game. Usually four people play the game at one time.

The 144 tiles can be set up in a variety of designs making matching and then removing the pieces a tricky process!  Remembering the placement and unique design of  all the tiles is quite a lesson in intense retention that will sharpen everyone’s memory!

4. Monopoly

monopoly game

Is there anyone who has NOT played Monopoly? Buying and selling real estate never gets old! The whole family can get involved and have to decide what is better, a fistful of cash or buying more properties to collect rent and get more cash?

This game brings out the competition in everyone and you will be surprised how intense the game can become!

5. Scrabble


Whether you have young children or older ones, Scrabble will sharpen spelling and vocabulary skills. This word building game for two to four players. It is popular world wide, and over 150 million sets have been sold in 121 countries; available in 29 different languages.

Do not be surprised how quickly children learn that words with certain letters, like Q and Z earn more points! Keep a dictionary handy to check the spelling of questionable words!

6. Othello



This game is not as well known but was actually first invented in 1783 in England. At that time it was called Reversi. The game appeared again in Japan in 1971 and was named Othello by Japanese enthusiast Goro Hasegawa.

Black and white discs fill the board and various moves allow each player to flip and then remove the opponent’s pieces.

Othello can no longer be purchased, however a newer similar game is out and is named Reversi, after the 1773 game. Both games are very much alike but have some variation in the rules. Those who have played it become quickly addicted!

If you make a decision to institute a family game night you will find that your children will quickly look forward to it! Children love to have their parent’s attention and interaction. Be careful to teach them the correct rules, and make sure that they follow them.

Also, do not be too quick to “let “ them win. Competition is real in the real world and these games are a good way for them  to learn to win AND follow the rules.

Editorial Staffs at Healthtian, A team of Writers.

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