This weekend, my two oldest boys played Rattlesnake, Exago, and Blokus a good deal. And by “play” I don’t mean getting out the game and looking for players. No, what I mean is that they get out the games and then come up with fun things to do with them which have nothing to do with how the game is played.
For example, my boys love to use the magnets in Rattlesnake to create little sculptures and use the colorful plastic pieces included in Exago and Blokus to create interesting patterns on the game board.
Yes, they aren’t technically “playing” the game with me, but I don’t think that should be an issue. They are having fun, I get to have fun with them, and we all have a great time.
Board games are more than the sum of their components and rules. They are toys in a box. Go play with them.