Treasure Chest Thursday: A Family Boardgame

Game board for our family game, In A Nutshell, made and photographed by Monique Smith Anderson.

Cover of our family board game, In A Nutshell, made and photographed by Monique Smith Anderson.

As if the ancestor clock wasn’t enough of a gift, when my cousin Monique came for a Memorial Day barbeque last week, she also brought along this handmade family board game. After the barbeque, our girls had a sleepover and the next morning, they actually stopped watching cartoons when I asked if anyone wanted to play our board game.  I made up questions as we went along and was astounded at how much of our family’s history our children had absorbed.  Of course all of the things and people we find on this journey are a treasure, but the ones like this made with so much love and care are truly dear to my heart. My treasure chest and my heart are  pretty  full!



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9 responses to “Treasure Chest Thursday: A Family Boardgame

  1. Sounds like a great idea! Was it a trivia type game where if you get the right answer you move forward? What kinds of questions did you ask?

    • It was so much fun. Our girls range from 5 to 11, so I tried to tailor the question to the child – multiple choices for the little ones like, “was Alfred Stuart an A) train conductor B)circus clown or C) dairy farmer. The five year-old actually got that answer right! For the older ones, I tried to just do straight questions like from what disease did Josephine Ford die. I’m going to write down questions on little index cards for next time! Thanks for your comment.

  2. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! What a great idea!

    Bill 😉
    Author of “Back to the Homeplace”
    and “13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories”

  3. What a wonderful idea! What a keepsake!

  4. Monique Smith Andersen

    You are too kind Dionne! We’ve GOT to order another batch of g.g. grand-daddy’s famous Stuart Pecans. I can’t get them out of my head now! I think he’s looking down on the girls playing this pecan game with pride and a chuckle. I’m thinking of a personalized “Family Tree Trivial Pursuit” type game around the Holidays for the adults after all the fun the little ones had with this one.

  5. That’s awesome! Thanks for sharing this lovely idea.

  6. Liz

    How creative! Great way to get kids involved. 🙂

  7. Fabulous – what originality. A great way to pass history down to the young ones. Thanks for sharing.

  8. What an awesome family treasure — I want one. 🙂

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