Games without Technology
I was given a wonderful opportunity to choose a game from the Carrom Company. I received this game for free in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own and I am not being compensated for my review.
Vintage Board Games for the Family
Carrom Company has been around for over 100 years. You may remember the Carrom Board, which is a wooden gaming board that has 100 games that can be played on it. I know my husbands family has one and he remembers that his grandma has one as well.
I had an opportunity recently at a blogging conference, to explore all of the boards that Carrom makes. These are good quality wooden games made right here in the U.S.A. I was fascinated by several including, the Carrom Board, Skittles and Nok Hockey.
But when choosing a game, I went with Hi-Bol. It’s sort of a non electronic version of skee ball.
To play each player has a turn where they roll 7 wooden balls, 6 plain and one red ball, from about 15 feet away, up the ramp and the ball jumps to land somewhere within the grid target, scoring points for the number where the ball lands. The red ball scores double points.
The game is played in 5 innings with each person getting one turn per inning. At the end of the 5 innings the person with the highest score wins.
The game is built in a convenient all in one wooden box. The balls can be stored inside. It is hinged and opens up to reveal a metal grid target. A triangular piece of wood folds down to create the ramp for the balls to jump on.
The first time we played we were indoors in the playroom because it was raining outside. We laughed as we learned how to throw/roll the ball. It takes a bit of trial and error. I finally discovered it’s better to get a good roll than a good throw.
My son loved the game and keeps asking when we can play it again. All three of us had a great time playing and laughing together and best of all, we were unplugged and enjoying each others company.
We also played outdoors. It’s a bit trickier on grass than it is on a flat surface but with a bit of practice we figured it out.
The Carrom Company has a good variety of wooden skill games and I’m sure you will find one, or a few, that your family will come to treasure for years to come. Best of all, they can be passed from generation to generation because they are quality American made wooden products.
How do you unplug from technology in your family? Share your tips in comments below.