We enjoy playing board games at home, and the simplified “junior” versions have been popular as the family has grown. Today we decided the time had come for a full-blown game, and chose Forbidden Island, which was a great success. Unlike most games where players are pitted against one another, Forbidden Island is a co-operative game where you work together to win, or all lose together. Apart from the obviously positive values this embodies, we were especially taken with how much discussion and reasoning the game play provoked. Hearing the youngest player justify the best way to pool our resources and organise our turns was perhaps one of the highlights of all my time spent playing board games. I'm looking forward to more over the holidays!