Family Games ~ Dice, Cards, Board

My family always liked to play games while growing up…we played lots of games, but mainly loved card games. Oh Nuts, Canasta, War, Solitaire…

I can’t find anyone to play Canasta with me anymore so the games my husband and I play are Cribbage, Gin Rummy, Marbles (Aggravation), Yahtze, Scrabble, and a card game my inlaws taught us that I have no clue what the name is but has to do with trump and sets…I have to play it “politely” with them, but I’m sure there would be a lot of hand slapping if I was playing with my sister! Hee!

My sister wants family games for Christmas…and I think I may have found a fun one that will help with Hannah & Nate’s numbers.

Shut-The-Box ~ click here for National Geographic’s version.

After their sails were still for the night, Norman mariners would get out their dice and play Shut-the-Box. The simple and addictive game made its way around the world as trade increased among Europe, Africa, and China, and it remains especially popular in the U.K. today. Roll the dice and lay down any combination of tiles to match your roll. Keep rolling until you can’t match your roll on the remaining tiles. Low score wins; lay down all the tiles and you’ve shut the box.

I’ve been playing it on-line here…just to see how to play it. Had me bringing out the fingers to count on ~ ROFL!

What is your favorite game to play with the family?