National Game and Puzzle Week

November 24, 2014

National Game and Puzzle Week is November 23 through 29. A week to encourage people to sit down together and play games fits perfectly with Thanksgiving, the holiday that many people will spend with their families. Originally started by Games Quarterly Magazine, it was passed along to a company that promotes non-electronic games, board games, card games, etc. that families or groups of people often play together. National Games Week Foundation Inc., was formed as a nonprofit corporation in 2009.

Playing board and card games have many benefits for children. Reading skills can be learned and expanded. Games like Dominoes and card games can help further math skills. Social skills such as taking turns and manners can be practiced. How to handle losing. Or winning. And of course just spending time together, hopefully providing the opportunity to just talk.

Any kind of non-electronic game will work. Many people enjoy playing card games. There are hundreds of types of card games that can be played with a simple deck of playing cards. Other card decks have become popular such as Old Maid and Uno, among many others.                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Board games are also classic favorites. The game of Senet and the Royal Game of UR, are the oldest board games known and date back to 2,600 and 3,500 B.C.. The Landlord’s Game which was invented in 1903 was copied and sold to Parker Brothers who turned it into Monopoly in the 1930’s. Many other board games have been around for a long time and are still enjoyed today such as Sorry! Chutes and Ladders, Clue, Chess and Checkers. And perhaps an all-time favorite game to play is Bingo!

Other fun games include role playing games such as Charades. Role playing games are often considered forms of storytelling and make use of imagination and pretending.

The Million Minute Family Challenge, closely associated with National Game and Puzzle Week is a challenge to families to spend one million minutes playing games together. Encouraging spending time together and communication, families can log their minutes with the Million Minute Family Challenge website. The challenge starts at the beginning of September and ends with National Game and Puzzle Week.

Whether playing games together as a family or group is a long standing tradition. Or something you would like to discover, National Game and Puzzle Week and The Million Minute Family Challenge are great reasons to play together now!

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