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Family Game Night Upgrades

Need a new game for family game night? Use your current favorite game to help you choose!

What’s the best way to choose your family’s new favorite board game? Take inspiration from the games you go back to again and again.

If you love: Settlers of Catan
Try: Alien Frontiers
Build a brave new world on an uncharted planet, using a combination of Earth resources and discovered alien technology. 


If you love: Balderdash
Try: Dixit
Put your storytelling and bluffing skills to the test in this game, which asks players to take turns making up a story based off one of the game’s picture cards. When the story’s done, all the players choose a card from their stack of images that could be about the story—then take turns trying to guess which card actually inspired the story.


If you love: Charades
Try: Quelf, Jr.
Silliness abounds in this game, where cards may ask you to act out a conversation between your two big toes, speak only in rhymes, or balance a set of keys on your head for the duration of the game.


If you love: Monopoly
Try: Bazaar
Like Monopoly, Bazaar requires an addictive mix of strategy and luck. Players try to maximize the value of the their collection of colored stones by trading and re-trading based on the randomly chosen exchange rates. 


If you love: Ticket to Ride
Try: Power Grid
All the scheming, plotting, and strategizing you love about Ticket to Ride gets focused on the energy industry in this intensely competitive game.


If you love: Yahtzee
Try: King of Tokyo
The luck of the dice may get you in the power seat, but you’ll have to keep rolling lucky to stay there. 

Stuff We Like :: 9.18.15

home|school|life's Friday roundup of the best homeschool links, reads, tools, and other fun stuff has lots of ideas and resources.

This week we celebrated my birthday, knocked out a big chunk of the fall issue, which just may be our best issue yet, and logged a lot of couch hours. (Only three more weeks until one of my boots is scheduled to come off!)  

around the web

I love this: A hotel in Sweden keeps your sourdough starter going while you’re on holiday.

Hilarious: Five television shows they will never stop making. (The Adventures of Mr. Superabilities and Detective Ladyskeptic!)

If you have kids in college, you will appreciate these letters from medieval students hitting their parents up for more money.


at home/school/life

on the blog: We’re digging Shelli’s husband’s online history lectures. Check them out if you haven’t already.

on pinterest: These DIY architectural building blocks would be fun to make together.

from the archives: I love Idzie’s post on gaps in unschoolers’ educations. (Spoiler: They are nothing to worry about.)


reading list

I didn’t love Louis Sachar’s new book Fuzzy Mud, which made me sad because I always love Louis Sachar’s books. The kids thought it was just okay. Maybe we’re missing something?

I can’t cook, so I’m reading cookbooks nonstop. Right now I want to make everything in the Salad Samurai cookbook, especially the grilled miso apples and Brussels sprouts salad.

I finally convinced the kids that we should read Museum of Thieves, and they are totally enraptured. You should definitely include this one on your library list!


at home

My friend convinced me that Grey’s Anatomy is the show to binge-watch if you’re stuck on the couch. She may be right. (It’s streaming on Netflix.)

I need a new knitting project. I’m thinking maybe Shleeves because I love my Sleeves so much and this is kind of like a fancier version of that. Has anyone else made it?

We’ve fallen into the habit of playing Power Grid in the evenings. I seriously think this game could replace the average high school economics class.