SOLC 24 of 31: The Gift of the game

One blessing of these longs days together is the found family time that we’ve carved out. Almost each night so far, it’s been “Family Game Night,” and we’ve played a different board game for each occassion. The following is a list/review of the games we’ve played. Keep in mind, we are a family of 4 with two teenagers ages 13 and 16.

Monopoly: a classic. Needs no explanation or review.

Scattergories: a timed test of quick word work based on a category and a letter.

Word on the Street: you must be a good speller for this game. With a teammate you come up with words based on a category. As you do so, you “claim” letters with the goal of winning the most letters to win the game.

Ticket to Ride: this is a great strategic game that involves “laying down routes” with train cars and connecting various cities across the nation. There are also international versions of this game.

1901: This is Ticket to Ride meets Monopoly of sorts. We are still figuring this one out. We’ve played it once successfully, but this will need a couple of games for us to fully enjoy it. Another strategic game.

Telestrations: This is a pictionary meets the game of telephone game. Each person gets a word, writes it, draws it and then passes it to the next player where they interpret it and write down a word or draw it. They then pass it to the next player until it gets back to the original owner of the word. The results are HILARIOUS.

Coming up next: CodeNames, Scrabble, Qwirkle, Balderdash, In the Bag


  1. dianeandlynne said,

    March 24, 2020 at 12:28 pm

    Some of these games I have not heard of but they sound like fun. Keeping family close with fun is a great way to pass this tense time. Telestrations sounds intriguing. Is it a board game or one you can play with paper and pencil?

  2. March 24, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Thanks for the game ideas! We have been working on puzzles and I just ordered some adult paint by numbers.Since your kids are teens I am impressed that they participate. That’s not a small feat.

  3. jennieb said,

    March 25, 2020 at 12:38 am

    Telestrations sounds fun! I’ve never played.
    Risk is another fun one!

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