I am addicted to Blokus. A strategy game developed by a mathematician, I feel sure it must be helping my kids with mathematical concepts. It is an easy game to learn but a challenge to master. And it comes with all these colorful, fun plastic game pieces. The rules are simple: you can place your piece anywhere on the board as long as it corner, and only its corner, is touching another of your own previously placed pieces. It seems easy and at the beginning of the game it is, the board is wide open and there is plenty of room to maneuver. Then, just a few turns later the board clogs up and lo and behold an opponent has successfully blocked your next brilliant move. It is frustrating in a "let's play again" sort of way. And I find my kids are just as skilled at the game as I am. (my husband may be slightly better at it than me - but I'll never admit to that!) As the school year has begun we are playing nightly as a family then, when the kids tuck in for the night, my husband and I play a few games over a glass of wine. Every game is different and every play changes the board in remarkable ways. There is some controversy about how the name is pronounced but if you think about how you play - it is a blocking game - thus 'block us' rather than the sort of bizarre sounding 'blow-kus'. That sounds like a game requiring two consenting adults - but that's another post!