Work Hard, Play Harder: King Me!

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens…” (Ecc. 3:1) Join us as we explore a season of fun and family! Help us discover new ways to enjoy family time and build lasting memories.


Summer_work-playHow often do we lose sight of the basic, in search of something ‘more’? We look for unusual ways to spend time together, hoping to maintain our children’s interest and build memories which will last a lifetime, all while forgetting that it is the simple things which really matter.

Instead of attempting a new venue for ‘play time’ this week, we decided to return to the basics: board games! We have an entire cupboard (two, in fact!!) full of games; most of which never get touched. It’s high time they earned their keep!

What are some of our favorite games? I’m glad you asked!

  • Monopoly  (Make sure you have plenty of time to play this one!)
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Chinese Checkers
  • 21 Baker Street
  • Clue
  • Parcheesi
  • Rummikub
  • Spades
  • Scene It (all versions, including TCM)
  • Telestrations


If it’s been a while since your family sat around a table yelling in excitement, perhaps a game night is just what you need. Pull out your favorite one and let the games begin!

Time to Chime In: If you could only recommend one board game to someone, which would it be?


23 thoughts on “Work Hard, Play Harder: King Me!

  1. Ooh! We like a lot of those games too. We also love Mastermind, Othello and Scrabble. But, if I had to recommend just one, it would probably be Cranium. The children can play it even when they’re quite small, and it always seems to get played cheerfully (sometimes our board games can end in strops).


  2. Oooh, do I really have to pick just one? How ’bout this: favorite card game with family is Five Crowns, dice game is Farkle, and board game is Clue. What a great reminder to dig through my game cupboard—thanks!


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  4. My current top 10:
    The Castles of Burgundy
    Arkham Horror
    Terra Mystica
    Bruxelles 1893
    Russian Railroads

    I’ve been keeping a list of games we play each month. We’re trying to play everything we own once, play 10 games 10 times each, and have 300 total plays by the end of the year. That means we need 25 plays a month. We fell off last month because we got so busy with weddings and homeschool starting back, but we will try to make it up. You can see the list here:


  5. It would depend on who you ask in my house. Luca would probably pick something like Hungry, Hungry Hippos. He just turned two, so that makes sense. Sander’s vote is always Candyland or Chutes and Ladders. Beekee likes Mouse Trap. Corde would choose clue, unless you count card games. Then it’s Apples to Apples. For me? If you’re talking strictly board games, Settlers of Catan, which isn’t your typical board game.



        That site has a great overview. Basically you lay out the tiles to make your board. Each player is supposed to build a settlement, gather resources, that kind of thing. In other words, you’re colonists trying to make your tribe the dominant one on the island. There are tons of expansions too, like Seafarers of Catan, and I think there are other genres, like space. I know people who have spent a small fortune on that game. When we’re settled I plan to start collecting.

        Oh, and as a bonus, it’s one of the few games we can find that everyone will be able to play together. I’ve heard of people making it possible for 16 people to play through expansions and modifications, though 8 is the max by their expansion rules, I think. I can only imagine with that many people the game runs crazy long.


      • Not really. We’ve always been financially tight. The only way I got to play Settlers is friends who had the game. I used to play all kinds of board games as a kid. I’m not sure how many are still around.

        Honestly, I love playing board games with the kids. I hope some day we can afford to get back into a home of our own and we can start a game collection and start having our weekly game night again. When we can get our RV funded we may just look into a portable picnic table so we still have enough room to play. I’m not sure the table in your standard RV would be big enough.


      • You can look online for gaming groups that meet near you. We have two near us that we found using One meets every week and the other meets every other week. The games are there and you get the opportunity to meet people who enjoy the hobby and play games together. It has been a lot of fun.


      • I might have to look into that once we have a car. We live about 30 minutes outside of civilization. Hopefully we can get going in our RV soon and can look for groups as we travel.


  6. We love Cranium, but the best board game we’ve had is Last Word. Just now, our kids, one who can just read, and the other who is starting phonics, can join in. Its always a winner with everyone, and is great for all ages (from when they understand starting letters).
    Guess Who is also a big winner for the kids!


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