An unschooling blog

Archive for the ‘board games’ Category

Oldest board game: Senet

Posted by freeschool on January 14, 2008


This weekend we made a visit to the Chicago Field Museum, using our brand new family membership that we got for Christmas.  We knew we had the whole year to see the entire museum, so we slowly went through just a few exhibits:

I think we had the most fun at Ancient Egypt.  We ran across a display of the Ancient Egyptian board game, Senet, purported to possibly be the oldest board game.  We played the online version at home afterwards which was great fun.  We are considering making or buying an offline version.


Posted in board games, Chicago / Illinois, history | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Family Game Night: Quelf

Posted by freeschool on January 12, 2008

Here’s a game that looks like great fun that I haven’t run across before.

Ages 12 & up / 3-8 players / 60 minutes to play

Quelf is insanity in a box! With this hilariously silly party game, you will have outrageous fun with your family and friends. Quelf will inspire you to use your creativity, wit and sense of humor in ways you’ve never imagined.

As you move around the game board, as one of eight quirky characters, crazy things start to happen. Your friends start talking strangely. Your mom’s face is wrapped in toilet paper. Your dad is acting like Dracula. And you are reciting a poem about your armpits.

Each game of Quelf is a new journey into wackiness. When the dust settles and someone crawls away the winner, you realize…you’ve never had this much fun playing a board game in your life!

Perfect for: family get-togethers, rainy day entertainment, teen parties, youth groups, ice breakers and curing cabin fever.

– 550 Quelf cards in five categories
– Game board
– 8 character game pieces
– 2 pencils & pad of paper
– Sand timer
– 1 giant invisible harpoon (it’s invisible for a reason, use it wisely)

via Escape Adulthood

Posted in board games, creativity | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | Leave a Comment »

14 Educational Games to Teach Your Kids About Business

Posted by freeschool on December 24, 2007


eMoms at home lists fourteen educational games you can use to teach your kids about business.  Here’s a summary:

Board Games

  • Monopoly – “the grandfather of all money & investment games”
  • KidsWealth Money Kit – “teach kids to manage real money in a safe, structured, and supported manner”
  • Stock Rush Game – “all the basic principles of trading used in the real world”

Computer Games

Also included in the post are a couple Pretend and Play items for younger kids, and a lemonade stand and lemonade maker to put your kid’s skills to use.

Posted in board games, business, computer games, toys | Tagged: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »