Having fun together!

170 of you took part in the very first Sicili Clan competition, won by @voyageusefrancaise 😉.

The prize? A survival kit for those loooooong lockdown evenings: board games! From the younger generation to the no longer quite so young, as a family or amongst friends, we all love sharing these precious moments together. We laugh together and sometimes we even cry together when the competition gets too tough!

This is not a recent phenomenon… The origins of board games date back to prehistoric times, at least 5,000 years ago. The oldest games that have been discovered used sticks or shells placed on grids drawn onto the ground. Boards with pawns came next, around the year 3,000 BC in Egypt. At the time they did not believe in chance, but in divine intervention. Throughout history and civilisations, the scope of the games has broadened and they have diversified: strategy, cards, etc.

According to Statista, the favourite board games in France currently are:

  1. Monopoly
  2. Scrabble
  3. Trivial Poursuit

Though these games are mostly aimed at teenagers and adults, some are accessible to children from the age of 3 and are even advised as an educational tool. Board games were recommended to me by Elsa’s teacher when she first joined the Montessori class for 3- to 6-year-olds. Learning to play by the rules, tidying everything away at the end of the game, and learning how to win and how to lose… all important elements of life in society.

For younger children, “First Orchard” (by Haba) or “Bata-waf” (by Djeco) are a great introduction to games. As they get older, “Happy Families”, “Pictionary” (by Mattel) and “Taboo” (by Hasbro Gaming) will be a perfect transition to playing games for teenagers and beyond.

The Sicili Clan always pays particular attention to companies that both respect and protect the environment. Therefore, we naturally want to recommend games that are handmade in France, with quality materials. You will certainly find what you are looking for on Ecolojeux or JeJouéthique, two companies based in the East of France. From the timeless spinning top to the wooden block construction game “Kapla” and even the lesser known but just as fun “Makemaki Défi”, these eco-friendly games will delight children of all ages.

If there is one thing that brings us all together, it is board games. They reveal our personalities: cheats, bad losers, pushovers… all will be revealed after a few hours of Monopoly. Right, we will let you get back to your games… may the best person win!