Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kidding Around: Game on!

Day 4 of Kidding Around was about board games.  Yea!  I love board games!  The prompt said to take a picture while playing your favorite board game and then write about the game.

Trevor's favorite game is one he just got for his birthday, Atlantis Treasure. It is a great game. Lego games are always fun because you get to build the board, but some of them aren't quite as fun to play as they are to build.  Atlantis Treasure is even more fun to play than it is to build. The game is simple to learn, but there is a lot of strategy.  Trevor is very good at it and usually wins, no matter who he plays.


I took a picture of him as we played (he won, of course).  He glued the picture into his Kidding Around journal, then used his new erasable colored pencils to draw the board.  (They really do erase completely.  They're awesome.)  

 
I struggled to choose a favorite game.  There are at least 20 that I LOVE and would play over and over and over.  We have three board game areas in our house (each with dozens of games)- one downstairs in the family room, one upstairs in Trevor's room, and the largest upstairs in our bonus room.  Because we were downstairs playing Atlantis Treasure, I picked my favorite downstairs game for the assignment.  No question - it's Labyrinth. Labyrinth has the perfect balance of luck and strategy, is easy to learn and fun to play.  It's a different game every time, as the board changes with each person's turn.



I added a picture of Trevor playing Labyrinth and a second photo showing some of the many board games in our bonus room.  I listed some of my other favorites, including what I think is my #1 favorite board game, Scrabble.


Remember last week when I mentioned that, despite playing board games together nearly every day of his life, I'd never introduced Trevor to Monopoly?  When we finished with the Kidding Around assignment, I pulled out the Monopoly board and taught Trevor how to play.  He LOVED it.  We played for three hours before he went bankrupt.  Trevor is a cautious person both in life and in game play (observe first, act when confident)... which doesn't work all that well for Monopoly.  He chose not to buy properties at first, which meant that he was doomed to lose. When we played Monopoly again the next day, his strategy was completely different.  He bought up everything he possibly could, erected as many houses as possible, and went on to bankrupt me.  



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8 comments:

  1. We love board games too!!!! So fun!!! Have you seen that LEGO is coming out with a movie??? It looks FUN!!!

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  2. I really enjoyed playing Atlantis Treasure with Trevor on his birthday. I'm glad he's figured out the strategy - it takes maze-like thinking to the next level. I don't think I've ever played Labyrinth ... you'll need to introduce me to that someday.

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  3. I love Board Gmes too!
    Never played the 2 you talked about though.
    My fave is Scrabble and I'm just teaching my daughter how to play it.
    I like Monopoly too but 3 hours?!?!?!? Yikes!
    No thanks!
    I like monopoly as long as it's a short game...LOL!
    We've been playing a lot of card games lately...a lot less to put away when we're done!

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  4. I miss having board game nights with friends! This is awesome and YAY for Trevor winning Monopoly after changing up strategy! :)

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  5. I love board games! Ronnie and I played Monopoly the other night and I kicked his butt. LOL Trevor will get it and will be beating you before long.

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  6. He is really smart. To learn from his mistakes and change his strategy.

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  7. Great post. My mom and her sisters and her mom and her sister were always big board game players. My grandma and her twin played board games every day (they lived next store to one another). I have never heard of Labyrinth though. Will have to look for that one.

    I haven't played Monopoly since I was a kid. Trevor sure caught on quickly. All I play these days is Candy Land!!

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  8. Okay, seriously.... I post a comment and it just disappears!! I love board games. I'll have to try these! Aside from Monopoly I haven't tried the others. So glad that Trevor loves Monopoly!! :)

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