Reviewed by Wendy

What it is: (Amazon description) “Build your fortune as you buy, sell and trade the world’s most famous properties. It’s classic Monopoly fun! Take a ride on Reading Railroad, build a house on Baltic Avenue, or buy up the whole neighborhood — it’s your turn to get rich! You’ll take a spin around the world’s favorite board. Roll your dice and move your favorite game piece. Prove your skills as a deal maker. Pass Go, collect $200.00, take a Chance card or head over to Community Chest as you wheel and deal your way to the top. But remember to stay out of Jail! Are you ready to own it all?”

Brain benefits: strategy, planning, attention, logic & reasoning, math fluency

What I love: Most people would consider Monopoly to be “the” family board game because it’s fun and it’s been around forever! (Well, technically, since 1904.) The game gives you a taste of “wheeling and dealing” in real estate and teaches players the fundamentals of finances, risk-taking, chance, good sportsmanship and more. What’s most fascinating is that Monopoly is like a snowball, gathering branding rights from whatever is trending in pop culture. There’s a “Guardians of the Galaxy” edition, a “Star Wars” edition, a “Pokemon” edition, a “Stranger Things” edition, a National Parks edition, a Nightmare Before Christmas edition, and more. Set aside a couple hours for Monopoly. It’s a great way to keep everyone off technology!

What I would change: I’d love to design my own editions to give as gifts!


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