6 Classic Board Game Revivals

French Cloth Checkers Board Game & Bag for Kids

I can hardly believe that the kids are back in school. Where did the sum­mer go? Of course, that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be all work and no play from now on. Chil­dren still need time to unplug and unwind, and what bet­ter way than with board games?

Here are a few of my favorite hand­made clas­sics, updated and reimag­ined by con­tem­po­rary design­ers, ideal for play­ing at home, out­side in the fresh air, and on the move.

Splash, a handmade take on checkers  with little wooden swimmers

Splash Board Game
Avail­able for $29 from Mar­bushka Toy Factory

The husband-and-wife designer team of Mar­bushka, a Hun­gar­ian toy­maker, believes toys should be nice to look at, fun to play with, and cher­ished by gen­er­a­tions to come. What they deliver is an impres­sive col­lec­tion of beau­ti­fully illus­trated, hand­made games with fresh looks, all made from envi­ron­men­tally friendly materials.

Geometric Memory Game for Kids

Mem­ory Game
Avail­able from Morse Edi­tions

Any lover of graph­ics will want to check out French toy­maker Morse Edi­tions. This smart, strik­ing mem­ory game makes a fan­tas­tic gift for young and old play­ers alike. Visit their web­site for a list of retailers.

Clean up is a snap with this combination play mat / toy storage bag for kids!

Play Mat/Toy Stor­age Bag
Avail­able for $67 from Pony­tail

Designed by the up-and-coming com­pany Pony­tail, this prac­ti­cal cot­ton bag opens up into a mat large enough to sit on and includes 9 noughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) game pieces. It’s great for pic­nics, a quiet moment on the beach, or time out in the garden.

Hue DADAD (Beautiful Traditional French Board Game)

Hue DADAD (Tra­di­tional French Board Game)
Avail­able for $47 from Claire et Pierre Editions

New-to-me French com­pany Claire et Pierre Edi­tions offer a small col­lec­tion of beau­ti­fully designed tra­di­tional French board games with French-English instruc­tions. Per­fect for the bilin­gual lit­tle one, or those look­ing for some­thing different.

The Goose Game & Travel Bag (Cloth Family Game)

The Goose Game
Avail­able for $32 from E-Side

French children’s design­ers Deuz have given the Goose Game a fresh, mod­ern look by choos­ing to print it on a brightly col­ored eco play mat. The mat and carry bag are made from 100 per­cent organic cot­ton and non­toxic inks. Your kids will love tak­ing this around to their friends!

Here’s to some good old-fashioned fam­ily fun!

Pic­tured at top of post: Mes­Dames & Messieurs Draughts (check­ers) by Les Jou­ets Libres, avail­able for $34 from E-Side.