If they’re bored, get out the board

The Gympie Times - - READ -

IF AT a loose end th­ese school hol­i­days, or on a rainy day, why not in­tro­duce the kids to a board game or two? They may have al­ready played some of th­ese on their de­vices, but it is a dif­fer­ent dy­namic when ev­ery­one is co-op­er­at­ing (or bick­er­ing) around the board about whose turn it is, or where that fi­nal piece went.


This game is played by mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide and is thought to have orig­i­nated in In­dia some­time be­fore the sev­enth cen­tury. It is one of the old­est games in the world.

Highly strate­gic, the game is also great for de­vel­op­ing con­cen­tra­tion and think­ing tac­ti­cally.

Play­ers must move their pieces around the board with the aim of cap­tur­ing the other player’s king piece.

Chi­nese check­ers

A game us­ing pegs that can be played by two or more play­ers. The board is tra­di­tion­ally a star shape with a hexagon in the mid­dle.

Play­ers move pegs from one side of the board to the other.

Ac­cord­ing to Google, Chi­nese check­ers did not orig­i­nate in Asia and is not based on check­ers.

In­stead it takes in­spi­ra­tion from an­other game, Halma, and was first in­vented in Ger­many in 1892. It was called Stern-Halma (trans­lated to Star-Halma).


A game in which play­ers move pieces across a board by rolling dice. A game that uses a com­bi­na­tion of strat­egy and luck.

It is an­other one of the old­est games in the world, and may have orig­i­nated in the Mid­dle East (formerly Me­sopotamia).

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