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Great Board Games To Play With Your Family On a Rainy Day

A rainy day is a great time to break out those board games.  In a day and age when texting, Facebook, and video games are so popular; it can be relaxing for the whole family to spend some quality time while playing a board game.  The age of your children may determine which game that you want to play.  Here are some popular board games that you might want to consider.


Monopoly is a classic board game that has been around for years.  Not only is this board game a fun game to play, but it will also teach your children about money.  Monopoly is a great board game for rainy days since it can go on for hours.  Nowadays, different monopoly versions are for different aged children.  Because of this, you can most likely find at least one version of this game that your whole family will enjoy.


Once again, this board game is considered classic.  That is because it has been around since about 1283.  This game is a great way to teach your kid’s strategy skills.  If you have older children, you may want to play chess as an alternative.  Chess, which has been around for about 1,500 years, is very similar to checkers.  With that being said, chess is recommended for older children rather than young children.  Whichever game you choose to play, it is sure to become a favorite on rainy days.


This board game is a great way to teach your kids about money.  As expenses come up and chances are given to buy things, your child can learn how to use his/her money wisely.  And not to mention it can be fun to play!

Chutes and Ladders

Chutes and Ladders, also called Snakes and Ladders, is made for preschoolers, but it can be played by anyone three years old or older.  This is an excellent game for your child to learn numbers and practice counting.  Two to six players can play Chutes and Ladders.  It takes about 30 minutes to complete the game.

Candy Land

If your family loves candy, then they most likely will love this game.  Because your child will need to take steps back in the board game, as well as to have to skip a turn, this game is a great way to teach your child how to handle disappointment.  But this game is not always full of disappointments.  The first player to reach the candy castle at the end of the path is the winner.  And the winner, of course, is declared the winner of candy land (which means he/she owns ALL the candy).  Two to four players can play this game.  This game is made for children 3 and up.  Although Candy Land is made for younger children, this board game is sure to become a favorite for children and adults of all ages.  Now, just remember not to eat all the candy.

The Game of Life

The Game of Life, also called Life, is a very popular board game.  Two to eight players can play this game.  As the name suggests, The Game of Life is based on moments that happen in life.  As each player drives their automobile, they may get married, adopt children, or experience other real-life moments.  Your child will be using his/her reading and counting skills in this game.  The most common version of this game is the original, but nowadays there are many different versions to choose from.  Although the game is very easy to play, to make the game very simple, it is best to go with the junior version.


Trouble is a popular game and can become a favorite on rainy days.  Recently, a new version of this board game came out called Trouble Star Wars.  The main goal in Trouble is to try to move all four of your pieces from “home” to “finish.”  The first one who does this is the winner.  Two to four players can play this game.


Risk is a little complicated, so it is best for this game to be played by older children and adults.  This game is all about strategy.  You look at territories on a real map and place your armies on the territories.  Each player rolls the dice, and the highest number wins.  Once the player wins, he can choose whether he wants to attack again, move onto somebody else, or end his turn.  Keep in mind that Risk is complicated at first, so this might not be for everyone.  But because it is complicated and takes a while to play, this is a perfect game for those long rainy days.

Final Thoughts

I’ve gone over some of the most popular board games out there to play on a rainy day.  However, there are many more!  Just visit your local Walmart or shop on Amazon for a plethora of other board games that might interest you and your family.  Have fun, and don’t forget to make some yummy rainy day snacks while you play.

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