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Five Fun Things to do at Grandma's

Updated on September 28, 2014

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TOP FIVE THINGS TO DO AT GRANDMA'S

Being a Grandma is the very best thing that could happen to you, unless you are a Grandpa.

I love having the grandchildren over and it is important to keep them busy and having fun.  There are so many different things to do with your grandchildren but if you are looking for some ideas on how to have fun with your grandchildren, without spending lots of money, here are a FIVE GREAT IDEAS.

Different seasons bring different things to do with your grandchildren but these ideas are generic and can be done during any season.  In the summer time there is much more to do which would include: going to the park, going to the zoo, going to the lake or beach, watching a baseball game or you could even go fishing.  In the winter, our grandchildren love to go sliding or ice skating and if you are in pretty good health you can enjoy these outdoor sports right along with them

The ideas here are for being inside;  So, if it is cold and blowing snow or raining cats and dogs you might find some of these ideas useful for entertaining your grandchildren.

BOARD GAMES

There are some for every age

Board games are great fun and fairly inexpensive. You can pick a new game up every month so you have a good variety on hand.

One of our favorites is the game SORRY. It is easy to play so that even the youngest child can play with his or her siblings, of course grandma has to play too. This game encourages counting as you move your man around the board and on some of the cards are different instructions so reading is a plus for those grandchildren that are just learning to read.

Another favorite is called RACKO. This game should probably be played by children age 8 and up. It requires some thinking and lining your cards up from lowest to highest. It can be played with up to 4 players or as little as 2 players. When you get your cards lined up from lowest to highest you should out RACKO, which is always fun.

We also play a lot of card games with the granchildren and the one they most often request to play is WAR. Even the youngest of children can learn this game. It also helps the young child to learn his numbers. But just a warning, once you teach them this game that's the first thing they will want to do when the walk in the house. Grandma can we play war?

Another great card game is UNO. There are many versions on the market but they all play the same and our grandchldren love it. It is a fast moving game, at one moment you can be down to your last card and the next thing you know you have a handful. Give it a try.

There are a lot of board games on the market. Give some a try. I'm sure you will find a favorite in no time at all.

Note: If you are picking up grandchildren and have to spend some time in the car trying playing some sight games. We do this to help pass some of the time and before you know it we are home. Some of the things we do: If you are in the country you could look for farm animals and assign points to each animal. For example; a cow is worth 1 point, a horse is worth 5 points and a goat is worth 10 points. If you are in the city or highway with lots of vehicles you could look for different colored vehicles. A white care is worth 1 point, a yellow truck is worth 5 points and a pink VW is worth 100 points. Well, you get the idea and it is something children of all ages can participate in. Have fun!

LOTS OF GAMES

Keep some board games in the house. Make some snacks and sit around the kitchen table. Make some memories with your grandchildren.

Monopoly
Monopoly

There are many varieties of the Monopoly game so you can find one for just about any age group. Monopoly involves counting money, buying property and rolling the dice.

 

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MOVIE NIGHT

I love a good comedy

Movie nights are always lots of fun. Part of making movie night so special isn't really about the movie but what leads up to the movie.

First you need to select a movie. If you have more than one grandchild for movie night that can be a big problem. It is hard to get two children to agree on one movie and if you have more than two grandchildren it can be almost impossible. The solution is to make a game out of it. Get a piece of paper, write the name of all the movies that want to be seen, put the names in a jar and have grandpa draw one out. VOILA, problem solved.

Next is the food. Popcorn, pretzels or potato chips? Our family is a popcorn family and not the microwave kind but the real deal with real butter and real salt. So we make a huge batch of popcorn, lots of napkins and fruit juice or sugar free sodas.

Of course the type of drink will depend largely on the age of the grandchild.

Then the furniture in the room. Everyone needs to see the TV and some want to be on the floor. So, to solve this problem we move all the the furniture around so that each sofa or chair can see the movie without any problems and we put a big blanket down in front of the TV set so if anyone wants to lay on the floor they can.

Dim the lights, it is movie time.

GREAT MOVIE IDEAS

Toy Story 3 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
Toy Story 3 (Four-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Classic Disney movie. You'll love Woody and Buzz

 
Despicable Me [Blu-ray]
Despicable Me [Blu-ray]

This is a gut buster, you'll laugh and then laugh some more

 

COLOR, PAINT AND CUT

Grandma, you can color too!

Take everything off the kitchen table or clear a spot on the floor and get out the crayons, scissors and glue. Clay can also be a lot of fun and children love working with their hands. Children love to be creative. So let those creative juices flow.

In the Summer, just before school starts and Walmart, Meijers and K-Mart have the back to school specials I really stock up. I get crayons, scissors, glue, rulers and markers. Also, lots of paper, folders and stickers. Watch the sale aisles after a holiday, you'll be surprised how they mark down some of these items. I also have coffee filters, and cup cake papers and pipe cleaners. Watch the sales Grandma's and also the Dollar Stores are great places to get these types of supplies.

Children will spend hours creating and drawing and I have fun too.

GRANDCHILD'S FIRST BIBLE

This not only makes a great gift for your grandchild, it is a great Bible to have in your home when the grandchildren do a "sleepover" at your house. What better story to read before bedtime than the Bible.

The Children's Illustrated Bible, Small Edition
The Children's Illustrated Bible, Small Edition

This Children's Bible has lots of pictures and is in language even the youngest grandchild can understand.

 

Having fun the horseback way

Okay grandma, if you can still sit on a horse this would be a great way to spend an afternoon with the grandchildren. Rembember, it is all about making memories.

BAKING WITH GRANDMA

Fun and Food

This is my favorite thing to do with the grandchildren. We have made everything from cakes, pies, cookies, brownies and homemade noodles for chicken noodle soup.

As a mom, I always had the children decorate Christmas cookies and they always enjoyed that but as a working mom I never wanted to do much more than that in the kitchen with my children. Too messy! I regret that now and wish I had spent more time in the kitchen with them.

It doesn't have to be complicated. Start out with Rice Krispie Treats or a brownie mix, but bake something. The food even tastes better knowing they had a hand in preparing it.

If your grandchildren like chocolate, and I don't know many that don't, here is an easy recipe you'll all love, Make sure you have some vanilla ice cream in the house! It's called Hot Fudge Brownies.

Ingredients:

1 cup flour

3/4 cup sugar

2 tablespoons cocoa

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup milk

2 tablespoons salad or vegetable oil ( I use olive oil)

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup cocoa

1/ 3/4 cup hot, very hot but from the tap, water

In ungreased pan, 9 x 9 or 9 x 13, mix flour, sugar, cocoa (2 tablespoons), bakng powder and salt. Mix in milk, oil and vanilla. Stir until smooth. Sprinkle brown sugar and 1/4 cup cocoa over your batter (distribute as evenly as possible). Pour the hot water over your brown sugar and cocoa.

Bake at 350 degrees F. for 40 minutes.

You can serve warm or cold but it is best with vanilla ice cream. You see the hot water, brown sugar and cocoa make a fudge sauce that ends up on the bottom with the cake on top. You'll love it and so will your grandchildren.

GO FOR A WALK

No matter what season

Have you ever strolled hand in hand with a child? It can be enlightening. You never know what kind of conversation you will have. But whatever is said I am sure that laughter will be part of the experience.

It really doesn't matter what the season as long as you get outside and look at God's handiwork. The beautiful flowers and trees in the Summer, the wonderful colors of the leaves in the Fall, new buds and blossoms in the Spring and even the snowflakes in the Winter. Maybe you'll have time to make a snowman!

Maybe you have a park near your house or a walking path or even in the woods behind the house. It doesn't really matter as long as you are spending time with your grandchildren. And, if you have a dog, take him along too.

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Board games were a rage way back in the good old days :) My favorite was Scrabble.

Do you have a favorite board game?

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      p,b,and j 2 years ago

      got all of the most popular answers so helpful thank you so much for the deeds

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      Sharon Berry 2 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for the comment. Yes, Monopoly is a great family game and can get quite competitive.

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      pinky panda 2 years ago

      I LOVE monopoly bc my whole family enjoys it!

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      kkawesomeness 3 years ago

      Monopoly because my grandmother knows how to play.

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      Kmason 3 years ago

      candyland

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      Kmason 3 years ago

      candyland

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      Chess is still my number one board game, but there are many others more appropriate for groups.

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      sikiriki 4 years ago

      Children love Grandma and Grandpa:-)

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      comparevacuumcleaners 4 years ago

      what a wonderful lens. i love it when my kids see their grandparents as they are always so spoiled.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like the ideas! thanks for sharing :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Trouble

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We do play all these and the kids always bring new ones.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      monopoly

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      what is bs

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Me Toooooo!!!!

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      Sharon Berry 4 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: That is one of my grandson's favorites. Thanks for the comment.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      my fav game is BS

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I LOVE Clue!!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Hmmm... of the classics? Probably Trivial Pursuit or Scrabble. Of my expanded board game world, probably Betrayal at House on the Hill.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Picturica i think i spelled that right...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      monoplaly

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      KidsToyTeaSets LM 5 years ago

      We enjoy a variety of board games from chess to Life. Loved this lens. Lots of fun ideas and memories for us as well :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @RuralFloridaLiving: Me too

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      RuralFloridaLiving 5 years ago

      Candyland!

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: I agree, the most fun is not being able to draw so some of the pictures are hilarious. Thanks for leaving a comment.

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Thanks for leaving a comment, it is always nice to hear from squidoo lovers. I play monopoly with the grandchildren all the time. It is one of their favorite games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      mine is monopoly even though my grandma doesn't like it, my dad does so I play it with him. I love it! sooooo much fun. if u haven't played it, i recommend u do

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      Sharon Berry 5 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: That's the best part and makes it even funnier. Thanks for the comment,

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      pictionary love it can't draw so made it even more fun

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      These are great ideas! thanks

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      UNO is a favorite here.

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      domain19 5 years ago

      after read your lens... i really miss my grandma... thanks for share...

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      10incbellevue 5 years ago

      I used to play "hide the thimble" at my grandma's house. My grandma would hide a thimble somewhere an I had to find it. I think it was so she could continue to read her newspaper and I could have my own fun. hahaha.

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      Donnette Davis 5 years ago from South Africa

      Scrabble.. yessssss.. i love it!

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I like Trouble and Scrabble. My grandkids love playing games.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This is so dearly done, it is a grandma's treasure to spend time with the grandchildren...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Scrabble!

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      dessertlover 5 years ago

      These are great ideas! I loved playing card games with my grandparents.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Board game are awesome, you interact, talk, and laugh. As a kid this was something we always did, Monopoly, Sorry, Scrabble, Life, Clue and more. We had every board-game that came out. This is a tradition that we have to keep going. :)

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      GabrielaFargasch 5 years ago

      Scrabble all the way! I also loved Master, remember this one?

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      NevermoreShirts 5 years ago

      Fun ideas - my favorite classic board game is probably Trivial Pursuit, or Clue

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      huvalbd 6 years ago

      Growing up, I loved Scrabble and Monopoly--but Monopoly could go on all day, so we played Scrabble more. I also loved checkers and liked dominoes.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Your welcome! Thanks for letting me know you made the visit

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      thank you

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i like battleship!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Oh yes, we love our board games but my grandson and I enjoy playing the Electronic Banking version of Monopoly

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      KatBar 6 years ago

      My grandkids love connect 4.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      We used to play Chinese Checkers a lot and enjoy more than ever, this brings the fond memories of my childhood.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Faye Rutledge: Candyland is a great game for the younger grandchildren. Isn't. being a grandma wonderful? Thank you for the visit.

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      Faye Rutledge 6 years ago from Concord VA

      My grandkids always liked the Candyland game. Thanks for the great game ideas!

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Annamadagan: I'll bet grandma loves your visits. Grandchildren are a gift we grandparents can't get enough of. Thanks so much for the visit.

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      Cool lens:) I love going to Grandmas:)

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      Annamadagan 6 years ago

      I like monopoly...and...yatzee. (sorry for the spelling..)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @slotowngal: I feel blessed to receive your blessing. Thank you. I'm really loving this grandma role.

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      slotowngal 6 years ago

      Fun lens for Grandparents! SquidAngel blessed...

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @stephenteacher: Thanks for the visit and I appreciate your kind words.

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      Stephen Carr 6 years ago from Corona, CA

      Good fun, love the lens!

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @squid-pinkchic18: Yes, monopoly did take a long time to play and if you were losing it seemed like a lifetime. Thanks for the visit.

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      squid-pinkchic18 6 years ago

      Great lens! Life was always my favorite board game. Monopoly took too long and got boring ;)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @hershel01: I just played cards with my 9 year old grandson yesterday. His favorite card game is War. We had 4 wars in a row which made him laugh hysterically. A simply game but so much fun. Thanks for the visit.

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      hershel01 6 years ago

      Monopoly and scrabble were/are my favorite games, of course way back when we didn't have a lot of games to choose from, so we played cards some.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Ann Hinds: Thanks for the visit and the blessing. Being a grandma is a blessing all it's own.

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      Ann Hinds 6 years ago from So Cal

      Blessed this lens too. Again simple ideas to make it fun at grandma's

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @Bus Stop Toy Shop: This granny better get "with it" and get some of the newer games. My first choice will be Sshh! Don't Wake Dad...sounds like great fun. Thanks for the visit.

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      Bus Stop Toy Shop 6 years ago

      We're big board game fans - I enjoy all the usual suspects (Scrabble, Monopoly, Risk) and a few more obscure ones (Catan, Carcassonne, etc). We have young children and their favourites are Sshh! Don't Wake Dad, Pop Up Pirate and Guess Who.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @GramaBarb: What a great idea, kids doing squidoo. I guess anytime spent with grandchildren is a blessing to us grandma's.

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      GramaBarb 6 years ago from Vancouver

      I'm a Grandma too and love it!! All the activities you mention are so important. I have one thing to add.... The kids hear me talk about squidoo all the time and they asked if I would teach them how to squidoo. So when they come over we have supervised squidoo time too:)

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @RuthieDenise: Being a grandma is the best! Thanks for the visit.

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      RuthieDenise 6 years ago

      I love the lens. Especially since I am a grandma and need some good ideas for when the kids come. Thank you.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @poutine: That is one game we never tried, don't know why... Thanks for the visit.

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      poutine 6 years ago

      We used to play a lot of "Masterpiece" when the kids were young.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @jgelien: I'm blessed, my grandchildren love visiting. I'm hoping that will continue as they get older. The teenagers want to be with their friends more and more but I am so happy we have been able to make lots of memories. Thanks for the visit.

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      jgelien 6 years ago

      My favorite is Scrabble as well. My family and I never get tired of it. You have lots of fun ideas here. I bet your grandchildren love coming to visit. Great lens.

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: I am of your generation with my parents both gone, children out of the house and grandchildren from ages 2 years to 22 years. The first thing my grandchildren do when they come for a visit is find their favorite board game or deck of cards. The competition is fun, the snacks good and the laughter can be heard throughout the house. It makes me smile! Thanks GrammaX

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      Sharon Berry 6 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: Your words touched my heart and could not have been said in a more eloquent way. Thank you.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      George, dear, the spelling does indeed confuse me...yours. I know it's considered nerdy by some to play "bored" games and hip to play NintendoDs or plug into your Ipad but then you're missing the point. I suggest a compromise. Pick your opponents and play Monopoly. Then teach someone else just how cool an Ipad can be. You might actually be surprised at how much fun you have both times. Nobody will care what level you made it to one day on your handheld video game. They might remember you if you beat the heck out of them when they landed at your hotel on Boardwalk. We've had game nights with all four generations present and we all treasure the memories and the time we spent together.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      My parents are gone now. Us kids are grown and the grandchildren school aged. Our friends and family all have countless special memories of playing board games together. You learn the rules and strategies of the game, how to patiently wait your turn, how to compete, and how to accept losing graciously.Most importantly you learn that spending time together with your friends and family can be the best fun ever. Boring? Nobody in my family understands boredom. Maybe it's all about the players?

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      Sharon Berry 7 years ago from Michigan

      @Gamganny: Thanks for the visit. The angel dust tickles and your visit has blessed me.

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      Gamganny 7 years ago

      Great creative ideas for a day a grandma's, . Blessed by an Angel and sprinkled with angel dust.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks for the kind words and hope your visit was "memorable".

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Thanks Heather, I hope you have a great 4th of July celebration.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great ideas! Thanks!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @ShariBerry: Thank you for the ideas. We are visiting my grandma, my kid's great-grandma, this weekend and needed some ideas of what we should bring. I would add Boggle! We love it!

      Obviously, the other comment was placed by a mean-spirited kid. Don't pay them any mind.

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      Sharon Berry 7 years ago from Michigan

      @anonymous: I am not an expert, just a grandma. Sorry I bored you.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      this is a retarded website it is not helping me at all this must be posted by a nerdy idiot they do not know what they are talking about board games are not fun they are boring that is why the are call BOARD games don't let the spelling confuse you i would personally not recommend this to anyone who is trying to make friends or be cool i would recommend this to nerds who already made there impression on people around them so if you are a nerd and you are reading this you will prbably get a swirlly tomorrow. HEAR ME OVER AND OUT I AM AN EXPERT