Nestled in between the love of all things Wii and Nintendo DS, I’m secretly pleased that there is a love of good old family board games between the two small ones.
Pleased because these traditional games never fail to get old and cause hours of fun (or should that be torment?!) over the years.
I still remember playing board games with my brother, who is two years younger than me. Although he was the biggest sore loser on the planet and used to have a right sulk if you dared to beat him. I’m willing to bet this trait is still prevalent if I challenged him to a quick game of Guess Who? or Connect Four now.
We used to love board games. These ones were firm favourites.
Cue pretend peering through eye pieces and pipe smoking while trying to figure out which dastardly character bumped off Colonel Mustard, and in which room.
“It was Professor Plum, who did it in the ballroom while brandishing a candlestick!”
I always wanted to be Miss Scarlett when playing, but if I was playing with my mum she always hogged the Miss Scarlett piece and heaven forbid if anyone else wanted it. She’d practically sit on it so that you couldn’t get to it. (Suddenly seeing where my brother’s competitive board game weirdness came from… )
Hours spent imagining that all that lovely money was real and what I’d spend it on. Trying to buy both Park Lane and Mayfair so that you had the full set of swankiest addresses on the board, and could build about 95 hotels on them both and bankrupt every player who went within sneezing distance of them.
Yes, board games. Great ways to keep the family entertained, whatever your age.
It’s carried on down to my two as they both love board games, and firm favourites are snakes and ladders, Scrabble and the latest addition to the collection, the Family Fortunes game which comes complete with a buzzer that makes the infamous “UH UH!” noise when pressed as you’ve got an answer wrong.
Cue much hilarity.
If they’re playing with me, I play to win too. If I win, they sometimes get the “ha, ha, beat ya!” and I’ll do a little victory dance.
Oops. Looks like the competitive streak has rubbed off on me too….
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