I’ve always been a huge fan of board games… always wanting to play Monopoly. I loved, games like Life, Boggle, Memory, Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders – all games really. Well, except Clue – never a huge fan. The board games these days are made of cheap, light weight plastic, which breaks with a slight twist. The kids received Hungry Hungry Hippos (an old favorite of mine as a kid) for Christmas – nearly all pieces are missing and broken. It’s in the shed collecting dust until I toss it with a Spring Clean out. For Christmas I got Soren Who’s Who game – which is also cheapo plastic.
I’m always on the hunt for original old, good quality games. I have yet to find a wooden Scrabble nor a large Etch-A-Sketch in the shops or car boot sales. So, when I saw this original, 1970’s Milton Bradley Connect Four game in the Susan Ryder shop in Fakenham for 3.00, I had to have it – even though one red piece was missing. One missing makes no difference, as we only play it connect four and I’ve NEVER played it with 42 pieces without someone having connect four. Maybe if I play connect eight or six – whatever!
So my pal, Soren and I played fives games today – quietly while Maebh napped. He was great – at first he kept trying to win and not really looking at my moves. He was convinced the person who goes first wins – but then he got it. He spent more time trying to block my moves than to win and sure enough he won several games. Afterwards when I was starting to get dinner started, he showed me how to “form patterns.”
We had a lot of fun. He is great at board games and is very competitive – just like his parents. Oh and he’s amazing at Memory!