The Origins and Benefits of Board Games

One of the best ways to spend some family or friends time, is by playing a board game. During the course of time there have been numerous board games that people have enjoyed. From Monopoly, Risk, and Trivial Pursuit to all of the games of today, generations have played games. But where did board games get their start? The earliest forms of board games can be traced back to the Ancient Egyptians in 3500 B.C.

While not much is known about these games, archeologists have discovered many different kinds of games, many have been buried in the remains of these civilizations. While these games are not comparable to the games of today, they were able to help occupy the free time of the people, and became a social event. Board game playing has continued to be a great way to meet people and to spend time with friends and family.

Board games can fall into many different categories. There are challenging games of strategy such as chess, checkers, monopoly and backgammon. Many popular games are aimed at children to help them learn how to play games and learning that some people win and some lose. Games such as Candyland and Chutes and Ladders are great introductory games. Other games serve different purposes such as trivia games. Trivial games such as Trivial Pursuit is helpful in testing your knowledge on a variety of subjects.

Sadly, board games are not as popular today as they were even a generation ago. In the past families gathered for game night. Today, people are more interested in video or electronic games which have become more popular. But, the benefits of helping younger people improve their mental development by playing games, and helping older people keep sharp and put off the affects of aging, still continue.