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Weekly Spotlight: Games for the Family

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Now that the days are shorter, temperatures are cooler and snowy weather is semi-permanently in the forecast here in New England, it’s the perfect time to talk about indoor activities that are fun for everyone. We are talking about, of course, family games. So settle in with some hot cocoa and your favorite snacks, and let the fun begin!

America-poly Board Game

Take a road trip across the USA when you play this fun game inspired by the classic family favorite.
Get all the details here.

America-opoly Game | Made in USA | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopChristmas-opoly Game | Made in USA | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

Christmas-opoly Board Game

For when you’re feeling a little more festive,
but just as competitive. Learn more about this merry board game here.

Classic Dominoes SetClassic Dominoes Set

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that are the most fun – like 28 dominoes in a wooden box. Get a closer look here.

Classic Shut the Box Game

A game more about chance than skill, and one that even adds charm to your shelves. Find it here.

Colonial Checkers

It wouldn’t be game night without a classic game of checkers. See how easy it is to store in a cabinet or drawer here.

Colonial Checkers | Sturbridge Yankee WorkshopClassic Shut the Box Game | Sturbridge Yankee Workshop

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Create a Storm Essentials Kit

Friday, January 24th, 2014
The power can go out during a storm without warning. Be prepared for a power outage and loss of electricity all year long with storm essentials. Aside from the all-important items to keep in stock such as canned food or fresh water, do not forget the small things like batteries and candles. Featured here are a few of our suggestions for preparing items for all weather conditions. Although we are no experts, we hope that these ideas will help you prepare for a potential power outage.
Whatever the Weather

When a storm hits, you want to be as prepared as possible – and this includes planning for a power outage. Keeping “emergency” matches and mini candles in one place will keep you from stumbling in the dark and worrying about what necessities you do or do not have. With a box like our Candle Box, you can store candles, as well as matches and batteries inside for easy access during a storm. Keep the box in a cabinet for storm-only use, and always replenish the supplies you used so as to be prepared for the next time the weather takes a turn for the worse. 

Mini Taper Holder

Candle Box Basic Items to Keep in Your Kit

1. Batteries. Stock up on all sizes for those flashlights that have accumulated in the garage over the years.

2. First Aid Supplies. A few bandages and wound ointment can go a long way.

3. Can Opener. Because we all know that it is difficult open a can without one.

4. Light Source. Candles, with a flame or battery operated, are important pieces to keep in stock. Use jars to hold your candles if flames are a worry.

Battery Powered Flameless Candles

To avoid any worry when using flame candles in your home, use battery powered candles instead. Here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have many candle options available to you, and have gathered just a few of our flameless favorites. Pillar candles and votives have a decorative appeal, but their white, opaque color helps the light warmly illuminate your home. If you are using real candles, do not forget a Candle Snuffer to quickly and efficiently extinguish the flames when you are not in the room.

Forever Votives
Everlasting Drip Pillar Candles Black Candle Snuffer

Keeping Warm and Cozy

Plenty of blankets will keep you warm, especially in the colder winter months. Vintage Eagle Throw is crafted from sturdy woven fabric for a heavyweight blanket that will keep you warm or decorate your couch, no matter the weather. Lancaster Throw features soft cotton; a lightweight option when the weather is warmer but you still want to sit in comfort. Customer favorite Apothecary Quilt Collection has a color for everyone. Keeping an assortment of throws around the house will ensure that no one will go cold regardless of the weather outside.

Apothecary Quilt Collection Colors
Vintage Eagle Throw Lancaster Throw

Old Orchard Braided Log Carrier Stoke the Fire in Winter

If you have a fireplace, or a wood stove for that matter, it is easy to keep warm in winter even when the power goes out. Make it easier to carry firewood from the wood pile to the house with a Log Carrier. Built to last with braided handles that are attached to the rest of the overall braid. Keep plenty of firewood in stock with a vertical rack built to store just as much as other options, in just 1 square foot of space. Keep extra blankets and other storm supplies in one-easy-to-find spot so you are able to locate them even if the lights go out. Our Primitive Pine Trunks are great for this.

Vertical Arch Rack Primitive Pine Trunks

Keeping Everyone Entertained

Although it may not seem like a storm essential, there is no better time for game time than when the power goes out or if you are stuck inside during a snowstorm. Make memories and keep your family entertained with family fun games that are sure to become all-time favorites. With classic games such as Pick-Up Sticks or Chinese Checkers, nostalgic fun is just a game play away. Or try something new such as the highly rated Camp Travel Game.

Pick Up Stick Game
Chinese Checkers Board Game Camp Travel Game

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Family Activities to Combat the Winter Blues

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

Wahoo GameWhen snowed in over the winter months, or even rained in during the summer, cooped-up kids and parents are often at a loss for things to do. For the adults, there’s always the internal nagging of all those projects and things that you should be doing, yet can’t. For the kids, there’s all those things that you’ve already done so many times you can’t stand them anymore, or the things you would like to be doing and, like your parents, can’t.

On these sorts of days, take an opportunity to get in touch with Americans of old and enjoy some indoor games as a family.

  • Wahoo originated in the Appalachian hills and has been a popular game for decades.
  • Inspired by the board game from Britain, Solitaire (the board game not the card game) is challenging for all ages.
  • Checkers
  • Dominoes was a popular game in the 1800’s in Old Sturbridge Village near Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Dating from the early 17th century, cribbage has been popular for hundreds of years, played with wooden pegs and cards.
  • Backgammon

Solitaire GameDominos Game

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