Necessity is the mother of all invention – a phrase that is bang on when we are house quarantined and need to entertain our families and ourselves.
Playing digital games is always an option, but those involving the family provide for boisterous moments full of fun, laughter and sometimes tears. Board games are a plenty for kids and adults including classics like Monopoly, Ludo, Snakes & Ladders, Pictionary, Scrabble – fun games that both kids and adults can partake in. Over the last couple of years, I have also played DiXit (a 2010 Spiel des Jahres Winner) and Quirkle (similar characteristics with the games Rummikub and Scrabble) and they are a riot!
However, if you don’t have board games, or are bored of the ones you have, it’s time to get cracking and create your own. Those with a large terrace or garden can play games like blind man’s bluff, 7 tiles, Hopscotch, Jump the rope, musical chairs, freeze dancing, the list is endless depending upon the number of people and the space available.
Indoors may seem tough, but not so with a bit of creativity. My sister-in-law created a massive cut out board, decorated by the kids, as a paper airplane target, and the squeals of joy and merriment were loud! A scavenger hunt is as great indoors, and more so if you plan it at night using only torches. Ask 5 – 5 questions that each one needs to answer correctly – a fun game with adults especially if the husbands need to answer 5 things that are in the fridge! Card games are always a hit, with the number of players ranging from one (solitaire) and upwards…and if you don’t have complete decks, doesn’t matter as it adds to the fun. Charades are always a hit.
If you are able to clear a particular section at home, you can bring sporty games indoors. Hopscotch is definitely possible indoors, as are catching small balls in any unbreakable containers you have handy. You can also collect all your plastic containers, paper cups and a few sturdier items, prop them in front of a wall and voila, you have your own bowling alley.
So don’t despair if you don’t have board games at home. With a bit of creativity, you can create so many fun games at home and hope the ideas mentioned here help get those creative juices flowing. Stay home, stay safe but have lots of fun!
This article has been contributed by Priyadarshini Kohli.