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Seasonal Card, Dice & Board Games

Updated on November 19, 2014
Football-Tic-Tac-Toe Game
Football-Tic-Tac-Toe Game | Source

Wintertime ~

Time for Football, Thanksgiving and Christmas

Games for kids, adults, and families bring hours of entertainment and ones with a seasonal or holiday theme are even more fun. As the seasons change and the seasonal holidays arrive, we'll be ready and in the mood for games related to each event.

This is the time for Winter-related and holiday themes in board games and more.

Winter

Winter Trees Covered in Snow - Jigsaw Puzzle
Winter Trees Covered in Snow - Jigsaw Puzzle | Source

Board Games

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Kids Love Playing Anytime

Board games are a popular activity for kids through adults. There are ones for children too young to read right on through to those designed just for adults. What parent or older sibling hasn't spent an afternoon entertaining the little ones with one of the classics like "Chutes & Ladders" or Connect 4 Game, especially when it's too cold to go outside!

Operation - A Popular Game

The game Operation was invented in 1964 as a class project by a University of Illinois industrial design student. SInce then, it has become one of the most popular games of all time. This version, based on the popular movie "Nightmare Before Christmas" is the perfect version to have in your 'game cupboard' for holiday game nights!

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Checkers... A Timeless Game Throughout History

Checkers, a 2-player board game involving diagonal moves and capturing your opponents pieces, is known as Draughts in England. It has been around for thousands of years in several different forms and continues to be one of the basics played by all.

Board games in general have a history dating back to the Egyptians in 3,000 B.C. and they have taken many forms over the years. I think the popularity of 'playtime' is here to stay! :)

Handmade Boards on Etsy!

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Handmade wooden AGGRAVATION game Tumbling Blocks Wooden Handmade Cribbage Board Leather Travel Backgammon Colorful Wooden Checkers
Handmade wooden AGGRAVATION game
Handmade wooden AGGRAVATION game | Source
Tumbling Blocks Wooden Handmade Cribbage Board
Tumbling Blocks Wooden Handmade Cribbage Board | Source
Leather Travel Backgammon
Leather Travel Backgammon | Source
Colorful Wooden Checkers
Colorful Wooden Checkers | Source

Dice

Yahtzee Score Card!

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Yahtzee! - Super Mario Edition!

Yahtzee has always been my favorite 'dice' game - terrific competition when playing with adults and a wonderful 'math' practice for kids. (My son learned to count at age 5 from counting the dots on the Yahtzee dice!). The classic version is fine for grown-ups, but kids relate more to favorite characters from movies and TV.

Yahtzee Super Mario
Yahtzee Super Mario

What could be better this Winter Season than the popular "Super Mario" version of Yahtzee that features 5 custom dice decorated with power-ups from the super Mario video game.

 

Cards

Paul Cezanne Painting
Paul Cezanne Painting | Source

With a Deck of 52...

You'll Have Hours of Entertainment

From the 9th century to modern day, people have been entertained with playing cards. A simple deck of 52 provides us with hours of fun in a wide variety of card games, either by yourself (solitaire) or with groups of 2 or 4 or more. It's an activity that will never go out of style!

Playing Cards
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It's UNO! It's Green Lantern! - It's a Superhero Entertainment for All!

UNO is the Number One card game for kids (in my opinion) -- it is just as much fun for us grown up parents and grandparents to play, especially with the kids.

Cards are Popular at Any Time

No matter what the seasonal time of year or time of day, this is a very popular form of entertainment. From simple 'matching cards' for very young children to intricate ones for adults to the ageless variations of Solitaire, cards hold our interest in many forms.

Mattel Green Lantern UNO Card Game
Mattel Green Lantern UNO Card Game

This "Green Lantern version of UNO will appeal to kids who love Superheros. Just like in the original game of UNO, you play by matching color or number - but beware the special Power Ring Card--it gives the game a heroic twist!.

 

A Holiday to Remember!

Choose a holiday-related Memory Game to entertain family and friends, and bring about a festive mood at the same time. This games has over 100 colorful picture cards that showcase the wonder and excitement of the holiday season.

Mahjong!

Mahjong
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The Ancient Chinese Game - Mahjong!

Speaking of card games, Mahjong, a game originating in China and popular also in South Korea and Japan, uses tiles based on Chinese characters and symbols rather than playing cards. It is similar to our Western card game 'rummy' and is a game of skill, strategy, and calculation that also involves a degree of chance.

If you've never played it before, the rules can be found on Wikipedia.

Mahjong as an App

Winter Mahjong
Winter Mahjong

In today's technological world, one can take their games with them anywhere, especially when they are now available as an Android App!

 

Thanks for Visiting My Seasonal Game Page

Come visit again in the Spring when we will feature games for warmer weather.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Love family game nights and this is an especially perfect time of year, as Thanksgiving Week is National Games and Puzzles week!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      We really enjoy our games in our family. Yahtzee used to be the one family game we would all play, but now that everyone is older, we play a real variety of card and board games. All of these games featured here are excellent recommendations and family games!

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I love games of any kind, too, BuckHawk. Isn't that tic-tac-toe game cute and clever. It's handmade by a crafter on Etsy. She makes them in all different themes from her original designs.

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      BuckHawkcenter 2 years ago

      How did you know I would thoroughly love that football tic-tac-toe game? That is soooo cool. Any kind of game works for me! Great selection here, too.

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      nice lens...

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Wow, I didn't realize there were so many Seasonal Card Games, Dice & Board Games. I think the only one I knew about was the Charlie Brown one. My grandson and I enjoy playing board games.

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      happynutritionist 4 years ago

      These look like a lot of fun for fall, haven't played Yahtzee in a long time, but really do love that game.

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Great lens...cool ideas:)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 4 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      These games all look like fun! We used to play Mahjong when I was little - I'd love to get that Fall Mahjong set.

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      BuckHawkcenter 4 years ago

      Boo-opoly! How great, but I think I want to try my hand at that Halloween Clue game. Sounds great!

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      Dianne Loomos 4 years ago

      These seasonal games look like fun!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      We are a Yahtzee playing family! I remember growing up watching my dad and papaw play for hours at the kitchen table. They heckled each other something awful but lived every minute of it!

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      Holley Web 4 years ago

      Boo-opoly and Yahtzee!! I love games :)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These are really awesome game selections as we move into the cooler months and plan to be staying in a bit more :)