Traditional Pub Games To Play With Your Children

The majority of parents worry that their children are spending too much time online, or playing video games. A quarter of parents even feel that the digital devices are taking away time that could be spent having fun as a family. If you identify with this, then how about using your kid-friendly pub holiday to play some traditional games with your children? You can use this valuable time to reconnect on a basic level, away from iPads, Playstations and mobile phones. Instead break out a pack of cards and enjoy some great simple fun altogether.

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A game of Skittles

It’s a hot summer’s day and you’re outside in the beautiful pub garden with your children. This is the ideal time to enjoy some traditional outdoor games. The Anchor Inn, in Oldbury-on-Severn (BS35 1QA) has a beautiful garden that would be great for a little game of Skittles with your family and friends. The concept is simple – you line up your skittles and then take it in turn trying to knock them down by rolling or throwing a ball at them. This game is the father of modern ten-pin bowling and can even be understood by very young children. Whilst you are staying at The Anchor Inn, sampling the Sunday roast dinners is a must. A great family meal, followed by a great family game of Skittles – so good for the soul!

Improve your maths with Cribbage

Cribbage is a fantastic traditional card game that is based on strategy, not just luck. It is a great way of improving your children’s maths skills as well. This is a card game with a long history – it was created by Sir John Suckling, an English poet back in the 1600s. It is a game that can be played individually, or as teams – a great excuse to challenge each other. Cribbage involves creating pairs, runs and groups of matching cards over three rounds. You also have to try and collect cards that add up to the magic number of 15. The scoring is simple enough for any child to understand. Traditionally, you use a cribbage board that comes with lines of holes in it, and some matchsticks to score. 73% of parents played card games when they were growing up, yet only 44% of children do. So once you have finished your delicious pub meal, how about a game of cribbage?

Shut the Box

Shut the Box has many other names, including Bakarat, Blitz, Klackers and Kingoball. It is a traditional dice game, that is easy to follow. It is a gambling game, but children will find it fun playing for pennies. The game is rumoured to have come from the Jersey, you can certainly have a game at the bar, when you visit The Old Court House Inn, in St Brelade (Le Boulevard, St Aubin, St Brelade JE3 8AB, Jersey). Shut the Box is a game you will definitely want to pack on every family holiday.

On your next pub stay with your children, put away the iPads and switch off the mobile phones. Instead you can have a great time enjoying some traditional games that will bring fun and enjoyment to everyone.

Post Written by Cassie Steele