Trying to find ways to entertain the family can be a hassle, especially if you want to avoid too much TV watching. Wooden board games are a fun way to engage your kids without relying on electronics and other forms of media. Wooden board games also last a long time and make for excellent family treasures years down the line. 

This article will be looking at four wooden games to entertain the whole family, specifically the fast sling puck game, chess, Chinese checkers, and mancala. 

Fast Sling Puck Game

The fast sling puck game is a wooden board game that is adrenaline-inducing and makes it perfect for entertaining rumbustious children. The game is for two players only. Each player has five pucks on their side, either red or black, and they must slide onto the opposing player’s side using the bungee string on their side of the board. The pucks can only slide through a small opening in the middle of the board. The first person with all their pucks on the other side wins the game.

The fast-sling puck game is simple yet incredibly addictive. We can’t recommend it enough for your next family game night.


Everyone knows what chess is, although many don’t understand the rules. Unfortunately, many are hesitant to learn the rules of chess, as they assume it is too confusing and will bore their children. 

We can’t disagree enough. Once you pick up the rules of chess, it becomes easy to play but hard to master. That’s what makes chess so much fun and beneficial for young children to learn. Chess requires strategy, creative thinking, and brainpower to get better at it. Research has shown that children who play chess have significantly higher cognitive ability than children who don’t.

Chinese Checkers

Chinese checkers is a board game many have seen at the toy store but never bothered to play, which is a shame because it is a great deal of fun. Chinese checkers is a wooden board game shaped like a star, with different marbles on each star’s points: Sound familiar?

The rules of Chinese Checkers can be pretty complicated, so we urge you to research them on the internet, but fundamentally your goal is to get all your marbles into the opposite point on the star. 


Mancala is one of the oldest board games in human history. There is even proof of it being played in Ancient Egypt. The goal of Mancala is to get all your stones on your side of the board. It is a simple game that is easy to learn and can entertain the family in a pinch

Wooden Games Have Entertained Us For Generations

It doesn’t always have to be video games or tv shows. Before all those inventions, wooden board games were the main source of family entertainment, and they can still offer some value today. If you ever feel like unplugging the family and sitting down together to play some simple games, these wooden board games will do the trick.