Bored? Game Ideas

One of the things that has come out of us having more time at home is a night game of some sort. Mostly it is Miss J and I but we are sometimes joined by others or even the whole family. I just thought I’d share a few of the games we enjoy for a quick round before bedtime.

Bored Game Ideas

OK Play – A quick game of strategy for 2 or more players, similar to connect 4 (or 5 in this case) using square colored tiles on the table top.

Tabletop Curling – Miss J came home from Christmas with a tabletop curling game where you use little “curling stone” set on marbles and a curling lane of slick plastic. It is a fun little game and make a fun game before bed.

Boggle – This is a word find game where each person is looking for their own list of words from the letter dice. You can make words from letters that touch but you can’t use a letter more than one time per word. The whole family will get involved in this game.

Blink – This is a fast paced card game for 2. You each have half the deck of cards and start with one card each face up in the playing space between you. Each person is trying to get rid of their stack of cards first and you do so by matching the playing cards as quickly as possible. You can only have 3 cards in your hand at a time and you have to match by shape, number of shapes, or color. Lots of fun!

War – This 2 person game utilizes a regular deck of cards. You each have half the deck and turn one card over at a time, at the same time. The highest card gets to keep them and the goal is to get all of the cards in your hand. If you both turn over the same card, you then have a quick battle of three face-down cards with one face-up. Whoever has the highest face-up cards gets all of the cards on the table.

Go Fish – This game can have 2 or more players and uses a regular deck of cards. I think most people know how to play this traditional game.

Monopoly Deal – I do not like the regular Monopoly game but this one I’ll play. It is a card game and it doesn’t generally take too long to play. Look it up. Lots of fun! We can often get at least one sister to play this with us.

Forbidden Island – This is a collaborative game that Miss J enjoys a lot. It is one we have to have at least 30 minutes to play and often it takes longer than that. But it is a fun one of strategy, with a good bit of luck. It can be just 2 players but it is a bit more fun with more.

Chutes and Ladders – This classic game is one that my sweet 11 year old still enjoys. It is a fast play and we can laugh a bit before bedtime. A good one.

Candy Land – Again, this is a classic but is fun and simple and makes a good pre-bedtime game.

Tenzi – This is a very fast game played with sets of 10 dice each. If you buy it, it comes with sets of colored dice. Similar to Yahtzee, you are trying to get the same number on all of your dice as quickly as possible. The first one to get the same number on all of their dice wins.

These are just a few that I came up with off the top of my head. Our game closet is packed and it has been fun taking time many evenings to play a game to send us off to bed in good spirits.

Does your family have a favorite board game that doesn’t take too long to play?

Lori, At Home.

Linking up with some other Review Crew for a weekly linkup hosted by A Net In Time. Head over there to see more boredom buster ideas.




3 thoughts on “Bored? Game Ideas

  1. Annette Vellenga (@athomepets) May 16, 2020 at 11:59 pm Reply

    some of these I know, but many are new to me and sound fun to play. 🙂

    • 3gigglygirlsathome May 18, 2020 at 5:21 pm Reply

      It has been fun to have the relaxed time before bed to play games.

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