Board Games, Card Games, Jigsaw Puzzles
My Favorite Toys are Games and Puzzles
The word TOY means "a plaything for children". To me, it is much more than that - and this obsolete Dictionary definition fits perfectly in my opinion: "a playful or amusing act; diversion; pastime."
Board games are fun for families, giving hours of enjoyment. Card games have been around for generations and in such variety that you'd never run out of favorite ones to play. Jigsaw puzzles can be a 'group' activity or a 'solitary' form of entertainment, giving you many hours of pleasure. Below are a few of my favorites, along with some special family stories about them.
Scrabble - My Favorite Game
I love board games, card games and jigsaw puzzles. My all-time favorite board game is SCRABBLE. As a young woman with a new baby, my neighbor was another young SAHM. Since our children were all of 'afternoon naptimes' ages, Norma and I began 'neighboring' during that time period and began what was to become a year-long, nearly daily, Scrabble marathon. Both of us loved words and word games and we became such experts - finding all those obscure 2-letter words to finish off the last of our tiles - that our husbands refused to play with us - they couldn't compete!
We started out with a simple Scrabble board and played so much that eventually wore the lettering off the tiles! The version I have today is a board with insets to hold the letter tiles in place and a rotating game board. Whether a simple or a fancy game board, the game Scrabble can't be beat for hours of fun and enjoyment.
Deluxe Turntable Scrabble Game
Having a Scrabble board with a swivel base so you don't have to work upside down when it's your turn, and a plastic grid to keep the letter tiles in place, makes for a very enjoyable game time. There is also a handy bag to store the letters when they're not in use.
Funniest Scrabble Story
The funniest Scrabble game time happened with another couple - friends of ours. My hubby, Bob, had the best play he'd ever found, a 7-letter word - BAZOOKA - high scoring letters indeed, and there were THREE, count 'em, 3, places on the board where he could have played it on a Triple WORD Score. You guessed it --- there were three other people who had turns before his next turn. Naturally (and unknowingly) each of us played on those Triple Word Score sites! Poor Bob - he was SO disappointed! He eventually played the word KAZOO on a double word score earning a respectable score of 36 points, but the 7-letter word (which gives you a bonus of 50 points for playing all your letters in one play) on a Triple Word Score would have netted him a Huge 156 points and won him the game!
A Scrabble Dictionary is a Very Helpful Resource
This Scrabble Players Dictionary has more than 100,000 playable two- to eight-letter words. Those 2-letter words become very helpful at the end of a game when you're trying to use up your last remaining letters! :)
The most fun of all...
Playing cards were found in China as early as the 9th Century, and it's popularity has continued to grow. I can't imagine not having a deck of cards around.
I've enjoyed card games all my life, from childhood hours of Canasta with my grandmother to teaching MY grandchildren "War" and "Uno". My parents seemed to learn some of the most unusual card games over the years, having a "new" one to try every visit. My favorites are Pinochle and Kings-on-the-Corner. And the most fun card game ever I learned by the name of "Dwindle". It may be known by other names. You can't beat a deck of cards to give you or you-and-a-group hours of entertainment.
Card Games and Playing Cards.... - Children, Parents, Grandparents -- all ages love to play cards!
Uno was my kids, and now my grandkids, favorite card game.
Solitaire - Now it's Everyone's Favorite Card Game on the Computer!
Solitaire is also called patience and refers to single-player card games involving a layout of cards with a goal of sorting them in some manner. Anyone who enjoys card games likes Solitaire. There are more variations than you can 'shake a stick at' and in today's computer age the standard Solitaire game on computer has really increased it's popularity and is irresistible when sitting in front of your computer. (My favorite version is 'Spider Solitaire)
December 28 is "Card Playing Day"
Three Thirteen - a Fun 'Rummy-Style' Card Game
I recently learned a new card game called "Three Thirteen" that is such fun. It's a form of Rummy and is an eleven-round game played with two or more players. The Rules can be found on Wikipedia. I've played it with just two players, with three players and with 6 players and each way is enjoyable. My favorite part of the game is the fact that the wild cards change with each hand!
A great source of family entertainment
My third favorite 'toy' entertainment is Jigsaw Puzzles of at least 500 pieces and up. We've literally spent 'hours' working on a puzzle.
About 4 years ago, after having our jigsaw puzzles packed away for years after a move, our interest was not only rekindled - it became a constant source of entertainment. We unpacked the puzzles we owned, set up a card table just for puzzles, and worked our way through all we had. We were enjoying it so much, that we then took all our puzzles to a local church thrift store, donated them, and bought another group for $1.00 to $3.00 each. Believe it or not, we had a jigsaw puzzle going without a pause for an entire year -- until another move came up and we had to pack them away. It might be about time to get them out again!
Kids Love Jigsaw Puzzles Too
Don't forget the little ones. While you are enjoying working on your current jigsaw puzzle, let the kids have puzzles that are easy and fun for them to do. A fun activity on a rainy or snowy day!
Favorite Jigsaw Puzzle Story
This Pizza is actually a Puzzle!
My brother and sister-in-law were also big jigsaw puzzle fans. One year on vacation we bought another copy of this pizza puzzle and took it with us on a visit to family.
Our family routine on visits was such that everyone (grandparents, parents, sibs & spouses) would meet up at my brother's house the day we arrived and we'd order pizzas for dinner. This particular visit, Bob & I announced we'd go pick up the pizza order.
At the pizza place we requested an extra, empty, pizza box, put the pizza puzzle inside, put it in the middle of the pile of 3 other 'real' pizzas in boxes, and took them back. My sister-in-law began to open up the boxes on the table for everyone to begin to serve themselves. When she got to the 'pizza puzzle' box, it looked so real that her first comment was "why is there cellophane on this pizza?" We all had a good laugh over that, and they enjoyed the gift of the pizza puzzle.
Kids Will Love Their Own Pizza Puzzle~
A fun wooden puzzle for a toddler, or a great way to teach fractions to a student from 1/8 to a whole!
There's Even a National Games and Puzzles Week!
Celebrate - Play a Game - Put Together a Puzzle
National Games and Puzzles Week is always held during Thanksgiving Week, which is the 3rd week in November here in America. In 2015, Games and Puzzles Week will be from November 24 to November 30. The awareness week was designed to recognize the educational value of puzzles and games. But it can also be just plain fun. Games and puzzles are not just for kids. Adults are holding "game nights" as social activities in their homes - which are gaining in popularity.
Why not use this week as a fun way to spend time with your family by playing board games and working jigsaw puzzles together!
So, dust off your board games.... get out your jigsaw puzzles... have some fun this week, and every week!
National Puzzle Day!
Celebrated on January 29!
Who created this day and when remains a puzzle. :-)
INTERNATIONAL Puzzle Day
is July 13!
Games & Puzzles Gifts
To Make a Special Time Unique...
Games and Puzzles can be more than a toy, treat or fun activity. I'll bet you never thought of using one as a unique gift item - for yourself or to give as a gift - to celebrate a holiday or special event!
Which one is your favorite form of entertainment?
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