• English
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish
  • Swedish
Back to Firefly Blog

Bored in hospital? Bring out the board games

Bored in hospital? Bring out the board games

Generally speaking, hospital stays tend to consist of a lot of waiting.

There’s the usual routine of observations, blood tests, and so on but mostly its all about waiting.

And if you happen to be on a long hospital stay, it can sometimes feel like it will never end. Its no fun for anyone.

Currently, we are in one such long hospital stay.

As the Dudes issues are many and varied, there genuinely is no end in sight while we work towards understanding what exactly is going on, and how best to deal with it to give him the best possible quality of life.

He would probably argue that staring at the ceiling of his room in HDU is NOT high on his list of enjoyable pass times, so as we are instructed to get him into his wheelchair as often as possible to help his chest we have become something of a family of officionado’s on suitable portable games for hospital.

As a family of board game fanatics, we have quite a range of games to select from when it comes to hospital entertainment – although some of the larger games aren’t exactly suited to the lack of space frequently encountered, there are a lot of smaller games which serve their purpose perfectly while fitting onto a narrow over-the-bed hospital table!

Roll for It is one such game. The players roll six dice in the hopes of matching the numbers shown on a set of cards, e.g. one card may require a 2 and a 5, while another requires six 4’s. Each card has a points value, at the end of the game the player with the highest score wins. As the game uses cards and dice, its easily portable and comes in a handy little tin.

Mr V recently picked up a tiny game, in a pack not much larger than a pack of playing cards, called Deep Sea Adventure, by Oink games.

This incredibly clever little game is played over three rounds, is wonderfully infuriating and is simple to learn and to play.

A larger game that is a current Sam favourite is Ice Team, where you play polar bears racing from one end of a water channel to the other collecting fish on the way; for those who fancy a collaborative game where you play as a team, we really can’t recommend Forbidden Island enough (although a little more detailed, so better for older children rather than younger ones).

Ensuring that we make time to play a game together while Sam is in hospital helps all of us keep our spirits up, especially on these longer visits when all our usual routines are gone to the wall.

Even if you’ve not really been interested in board games, I can definitely recommend giving them a try.

Firefly Blog

Real life stories, issues and experiences of day to day life by special needs parents and
healthcare professionals.

Carolyn Voisey

Meet Our Blogger

Mum to one incredible little dude, I work full time in higher education and have my own small business as a jewellery designer/creator. I love nothing more than having time with my family, being outside and with my animals (chickens, cats, dog..!).

View Carolyn’s Profile

Become a Firefly Blogger

Would you like to write for Firefly? Join our blogger network of parents, therapists and professionals.

Get In Touch

Become a subscriber today

Join over 40,000 subscribers to our weekly newsletter with insightful articles just when you need them.

Join Mailing List

By using our site you agree to our use of cookies. Click here for more info.

Accept & Close

No Interest if paid in full in 4 months on

Purchases on £99+

UK Customers only. Subject to credit approval. See terms below

Paypal Credit

Pay now or pay over time with PayPal Credit. Just use PayPal Credit in PayPal checkout.

Subject to credit approval.

Purchases of £99+:

No Interest if paid in full in 4 months on purchases of £99 or more.

  • A minimum monthly payment is required and may or may not pay off the promotional purchase by the end of the 4-month period.
  • No interest will be charged on the purchase if you pay it off in full within 4 months. If you do not, interest will be charged on the purchase from the purchase date at the Purchase APR applicable to your account.
  • Any remaining balance due after the 4-month promotional period or any transactions under £99 will be charged interest at 19.9% p.a. (variable).

Purchases of £98.99 or less:

Buy now and pay over time with PayPal Credit when you spend £98.99 or less.

  • If you pay your balance in full each month by the payment due date that is on your statement, you can avoid paying interest.
  • Or, make minimum monthly payments, or any additional amount of your choosing, until you've paid off your balance according to your standard account terms. Please note, interest charges may apply.
  • We'll send you email reminders when your payments are due. You can also keep track of your account and view your statements online at any time.

About PayPal Credit

  • PayPal Credit is a reusable credit line available on purchases at thousands of stores that accept PayPal. It's also available for purchases on eBay and exclusively at thousands of other online stores. Plus, it comes with the same security and flexibility you trust from PayPal.
  • In order to maintain the 0% offer, you need to keep up monthly repayments and stay within your credit limit. Credit subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. UK residents only.

Please wait...