Playing Games during Lockdown

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Three weeks into lockdown and to keep us entertained a few of the boardgames came out at the weekend.

In what was a nice change from being glued to electronic devices the 9-year-old, Jamie, entered the toy cupboard and came out with 5 classics for us to have a play with. Here is how we got on….

Game Of Life

I used to play this one a lot with my family when I was little so was only too happy to spin the spinner and see if I could win.

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In The Game of Life game players choose a life path and move their car tokens around the gameboard from School to Retirement.

Pick a path for a life of action, unexpected surprises, and dream vacations, but spend cash wisely because the wealthiest player at the end wins the game.

It is actually a decent educational game as it can teach you the importance of getting a good job and creating wealth whilst raising a family!

Needless to say, I didn’t win and Jamie walked off with the crown despite having 7 babies along his journey.


HedBanz is a quick-question fun family game, where players must figure out what or who is on the card in their headband! You ask questions like ‘Am I a human?’ and ‘Am I alive?’ while the other players can only reply yes or no.

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This game brought lots of laughs, and frustration as we either struggled to guess our card or were quickly on the right path to predicting what it was. Adults have an advantage through knowledge on this one but experience of the game helps you come up with better questions. It got easier as we played more.

This was a simple and fun game that was quick to play with little preparation time or clearing up needed!


dadofthree mastermind

I like everything about this game. Tactical, educational and fun it is the perfect battle of minds between two players.

You set a row of coloured pegs, hidden from your opponent, and they make attempts to guess the sequence, with you updating them on their progress along the way.

I really enjoy seeing my child’s brain work in this one and he takes pride and pleasure in cracking the code, which he did every time fortunately.

We have an older version of the game but there are new, more modern versions, of the game on the market.



Go Fish

Next-up was the simple card game called Go Fish.

dadpfthree go fish card game

There are many versions of this around but we have an animal version where you have to collect four of a kind of animal with the winner being the person that collects most sets.

You hold your cards out of view from your opponents and ask them, one at a time, for the animal that you require. If they have it, it’s yours, if not, you Go Fish – and collect a card from the pile.

Of course revealing what you want will let others know what you have so tactics come in as you try and win the game.

This would good fun and caused a laugh and was simple to play. A bit of luck is involved and it’s great for players of all ages. Best with 3 or more players this is a nice easy game to pick and and play and waste a few minutes away.


A bit of a well known classic card game is Uno!

uno card game dadofthree

Players take turns matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on top of the deck either by colour or number. Special action cards deliver game-changing moments as they help you defeat your opponents. These include Skips, Reverses, Draw Twos, Wild and Draw Four Wild cards. There are 25 of each color (red, green, blue, and yellow), eight Wild cards, three Customizable cards and one Special Rule card inside the 112-card deck.

If you can’t make a match, you must draw from the central pile! And when you’re down to one card, don’t forget to shout “UNO!” The first player to rid themselves of all the cards in their hand before their opponents wins.

This was again good fun with the game swinging to and from with each of us on the verge of victory lots of times before getting stuck. Just when you think you are about to win you can’t go and end up having to pick up loads of cards!

Our one game lasted ages until eventually Jamie won!

So that was it! 5 games done and lots of fun had! Different ones next week!

If you want to pick up any of the games then they are available from Amazon here…

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