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The Family Playtime

06 December 18 147 0

If it is a vacation or a holiday season, the urge to find out a proper playtime solution for children and family, automatically goes up! Besides planning a trip to a new destination or planning outgoing, what you can do in the holiday seasons, is hook up your children and your family with some interesting board games that will not only keep them occupied but will also keep them engaged in all possible ways!

Down here are some interesting, challenging and fun board games that you and your children can play anytime or anywhere.

1.Scrabble
This is one classy game, which everyone can play irrespective of their age and time. Scrabble as a board game is an ideal solution for those who are looking for developing their children’s vocabulary, enabling children to think and to come up with new solutions. This game is also a perfect solution for parties, picnics and family get together where children and parents want to have fun together.

How to play Scrabble?
Scrabble is a game that is played by 2, 3 or 4 people. It is a fun board game with squares on it. The game usually comes with alphabet tiles and a big large board for placing the letters on the squares. The game usually starts with a person, who initiates the game by placing a set of words. Their word must join on to what is already on the board.

Step 1: Each player takes seven tiles from the bag (without looking at what they are). The player puts these tiles on a rack in front of him so that he can see them, but the others cannot see which letters he has. After each turn, a player can take some new letters out of the bag so that he has seven letters again for his next turn.
Step 2: The players decide who is going to start by taking one letter (one tile) from the bag. The person with the letter closest to the beginning of the alphabet usually starts the game.
Step 3: The first player puts a word on the board using some, or all, of his seven letters as possible. He must include the square in the middle. It is then the next player's turn. His word must join on somewhere to what the other player has already put. Sometimes it is possible to make two or more words in one turn by touching other letters, but each word on the board reading horizontally (left to right) or vertically (top to bottom) must be a proper word (no names) but abbreviations (shortened forms) are allowed.
Step 4: After a while, there are no more letters in the bag. The game finishes when one player has no more letters. The other players have to count the points for the letters they still have in front of them and take them away from their total score.

2.Snakes and Ladders:
This is one traditional Indian board game that cannot be forgotten during the vacation and holiday times. Snakes and ladders are not only an interesting game but also an exciting board game which keeps everyone guessing and thinking! In other words, if you are looking for a family game wherein you want others to think about the unexpected then this game is for you.

How to play Snakes and Ladders?
This board game is played between two or more person using a game board that has numbered, gridded squares. A number of "ladders" and "snakes" are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one's game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes respectively. The game comes with one large board, dice and coloured pointers to mark the movement across the board.

Step 1: First place a snakes and ladders board game in a table or on the floor (whichever you feel is comfortable) and sit around it.
Step 2: Decide who will go first and who will go last and pick a different coloured counter for each person.
Step 3: Place all the counters on the side of the board and player 1 can roll their dices, they can only
start if they get either 1 or a 6 on either dice.
Step 4: Continue doing so, until you reach the finish point.

3.The Game of life:
If you are looking for a game, that will teach the ups and downs of life and at the same teaching children the importance of money and family relationships, then the game of life is for you. This game not only makes playing fun and interesting, but also makes children do deep analytical and logical thinking.

How to play the Game of life?
The game of life is a perfect family board game that can be played between two or four more persons. The game usually comes with one big board, big wheel, colour cars and few playable cash notes.

Step 1: The rule on who begins the game of Life rests on whoever spins the highest number on the wheel and then other players take their turns in a clockwise fashion. Move your car forward the number of spaces you spin each time unless you reach a STOP space. Follow the directions on the space you land on and your turn is over.
Step 2: Continue to do so until you reach the endpoint.

Apart from the above-mentioned games, you can also try other fun and interesting board games like
✦ Ludo
✦ Chess
✦ Chutes and Ladders
✦ Chinese checkers
✦ Monopoly for an unbeatable learning experience.

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