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When my family purchases new games with game boards, before they play the first game, I use wide, clear packing tape and reinforce corners of both the bottom and top of the game box, and any inserts inside the box. I also place a strip of tape down the back side of the folded gameboard to give it extra strength - no more broken boards or untidy, ruined boxes! I then place as many as needed ziplock bags into the box to store games pieces after use. This really extends the life of the game for many generations! Games are expensive these days - try it!
Yes this works. Also I have a great tip I used with my 5 kids. Whoever wins the game puts the game away. They are on a high so the losers don't feel so bad. Also this website has lots of replacement parts you can order. I work at the YMCA and have replaced connect 4 about 4 times in 7 years. The yellow grid has a hook on the outside that breaks. Unbelieveable - They let you buy that whole piece for $3.00 which includes shipping. Much better than buying a new game for $15.00. http://www.hasb fm?page=cs_parts
Hasbro has bought out parker brothers and a few others so check the list for any game you need parts for.
Use your Lazy Susan for board games, so you can spin the game around for easier viewing for each player's turn.
By CDC from FL
My daughter has lots of board games. Eventually, the boxes get torn and pieces get lost. I purchased a large plastic container with a lid to hold the boards, and put all the game pieces and instructions into individual ziplock bags and into the container. Now all the board games are stored together with no missing pieces. You can also do this with puzzles. Just cut the picture off the puzzle box and store it in a container with a bag of the puzzle pieces.
What a wonderful idea!!!! When I think of the time I wasted when my boys were little trying to put those silly boxes back together with masking tape I could cry. Thanks for sharing. Too late for me but somebody needs it.
As a grad student, I find myself taking pieces out of miscellaneous children's games to use in therapy. At the end of the day, I have small plastic bags of pieces, some with instructions and original containers, some without. After a while, it becomes confusing.
I decided to make a copy of the instructions for all the games and put them in a centrally located loose leaf notebook binder. If need be, I can make copies from this binder to include in the small bags. The miscellaneous pieces may not make it back to their original containers, but at least I have the instructions and the title of the games for reference and future clean up.
By Holly from Dallas, TX
To organize your board games, gather appropriate materials: snack bags, sandwich-size bags with a zipper, a marking pen, Scotch Brand Invisible Tape, and the right shelf space in the closet, or cupboard.
I love these old plastic cases that blankets come in. I have found they store a Twister game quite nicely! It is our favorite birthday party game!