I think we can agree that the invention of the whiteboard was an all-around great idea. They are multi-functional and generally useful, if I do say so. They are great in a work environment and perfect for jotting down a weekly schedule, but they are also much more fun to use than the traditional pen and paper… especially when it comes to playing some good ol’ fashioned partner games during your down time. Here are a few great games that are perfect to play on a whiteboard.
Note: These games will require at least one friend.
This one is my personal favorite. Essentially, all you need to do is draw out a grid of dots. The grid can be as large or as small as you want it. Alternating turns, each player draws a line segment between any two adjacent dots they choose (the line must be either horizontal or vertical; no diagonal lines). The goal is to draw the line segment that will complete a square and to then claim the square as your own. Ultimately, the individual with the most squares at the end of the game wins. It’s not exactly a brain buster, but it is definitely fun.
A classic. Simply pick a word or phrase and draw out a series of underscores to represent the letters in that word or phrase. It is then up to the other player to guess letters and fill in the blanks. For every wrong letter guessed, however, one body part is drawn on the stick figure man. To win the game, the word must be guessed before the stick figure’s body is complete. It’s quick and easy to draw and even easier to erase. Now you won’t have to use your entire note pad!
How can you go wrong with a game about X’s and O’s? Also, Tic-tac-toe only requires a grid of 9 boxes. It’s perfect for even the smallest of whiteboards. (A smart top, perhaps?)
Whenever I play Sudoku, I end up making small number ticks all over the paper. This makes it impossible for me to play with a pen. The number tics then become so abundant that there is then barely any room for the final number once I’ve figured it out. Playing on a whiteboard eliminates this problem entirely. Though, you may need to have a friend draw out the board for you to make sure it will still be a challenge.
This one is tricky. There are a lot of pieces involved in chess, so it would be quite drawing intensive. If your surface is large enough, however, the added artistic element could make the game that much more appealing.
This game again requires a grid, 4x4. Each square needs to have a game piece in the center (feel free to draw out any shapes/designs you please). On each turn, a player can remove up to 4 game pieces in a given row or column. The goal? To make your opponent remove the last game piece. This is one of the best games for a white board. You can get creative and elaborate with your game pieces, it’s an incredibly quick game, and involves just enough strategy to keep you intrigued over and over again.