Finding fun games to play with family during the holidays is a sure way to make great memories and keep everyone entertained!
Are you finding it a struggle to get your family to put their smartphones down and spend quality time together? Why not lure them around a classic board game? It will provide screen-free respite and more fun and thrills than the amount of points you can score for the word ‘caziques’ on Scrabble (that’s a whole 392!).
Kids love to play (and so do adults)
A 2016 study by NPD revealed that there had been a 20% increase in board game sales. Therefore, the younger members of your family may be more receptive to give up their screen time than you think. Our cottages present the perfect backdrop to get cosy. The roaring winter fire will keep you warm and we’ve plenty of entertainment to get your teeth sunk into.
Four reasons to make board games a priority on your holiday
Do you have memories of sitting around playing cards, battling it out with Pictionary, for example, or even physical entertainment like charades? In that case then, you don’t need any convincing.
However, just as a refresher, here are four of the most powerful reasons to prioritise good old fashioned enjoyment these school holidays.
1. Valuable family time
You may know stories of lifelong family feuds starting from that one Monopoly game?
But these activities don’t need to get dicey! Tabletop games are all about teamwork, collaboration and a (healthy) dose of competition. Family getaways are the chance to spend valuable time together. What better way to strengthen bonds than getting your team around a table and diving into a game of Snakes and Ladders or Trivial Pursuit?
2. Get your brain ticking
Who killed Colonel Mustard in the Billiard Room?
It might not seem an obvious learning opportunity, but entertainment like this is a great way to develop and enhance cognitive skills. From thinking on your feet to memorising a complex series of events, they are great tools to improve patience, strategy and team play. Game playing may also reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s according to one study. It keeps the old minds sharp and helps the young ones develop in a carefree, entertaining way.
3. A chance to switch off
A balanced life is essential for good wellbeing and a clear mind. Sharing good times with the people you love with no other distractions offers the perfect opportunity to switch off and reduce stress. Try racking your brain for the correct spelling of ‘acquit’ in a game of Scrabble. Such activities suck you into their own universe and give you a pause in a hectic world. Spending time on our screens might be an unavoidable part of our modern world. However, these precious moments on holiday give you the chance to switch on flight mode and take off into another world altogether.
4. Because they’re just such a great time!
Most of all, this kind of recreation provides us with the opportunity for good old-fashioned fun! You will no doubt end up rolling on the floor with laughter at one point in your evening, releasing endorphins and leaving the whole family happy and content.
Our beautiful holiday cottages are the perfect place for family entertainment
Each of our four cottages has a wide selection of entertainment and comfy seating. As a result you’re assured fun games to play with family during the holidays. Here in Exmoor, there is no end of playtime with family during the holidays! So put the phones away and turn the TV off. Get the wood burner going (or turn on the real-fire effect electric heater in Stone Barn), roll out the dice and let the good times begin! If you want to have a holiday filled with activities – indoor and out – why not book one of our four luxury character cottages in one of England’s smallest national parks?
However, as it turns out this kind of quality entertainment is only just the beginning! Find out why Exmoor Character Cottages make a perfect getaway for endless reasons.