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May 2015

The NSPCC is calling on us all to dust off our favourite childhood games and sign up for a day of play on Friday May 15.

The ‘Really Big Board Game Day’, supported by Hasbro Gaming, will help support children recovering from abuse and neglect with play therapy where they can do things like messy play, writing, storytelling and art to help express feelings that they can’t put into words. By playing, they can make sense of what has happened to them, build their confidence and start to trust adults again.

Catherine Nuttall, Head of Fundraising for Northern Ireland said: “Children naturally express themselves through play and it’s a great way to bring families and friends together. I hope workplaces, community centres, pubs and homes across Northern Ireland will be filled with the sounds of shakers, tiles and laughter.”

A suggested donation of £5 from everyone who takes part will help the NSPCC rebuild lives through its play therapy work, helping children in Northern Ireland and across the UK recover and take their first steps on the road to a brighter future.

The Ni4kids team have signed up so to get involved register at for your free fundraising pack with everything you need to organise your Really Big Board Game Day event.

And to celebrate ‘Really Big Board Game Day’ in May Hasbro Gaming are giving one lucky Ni4kids’ reader the chance to win a stack of childhood favourites to enjoy all over again with their family. To enter visit

Did you know? Fascinating facts about the games we love to play.

1.Battleships was one of the first games to be made into a computer game in 1979.

2.The player who goes first in Connect Four can win 100% of the time.

3.Cranium was the first non-coffee product to be sold at Starbucks.

4.The name Jenga is based on the Swahili word meaning “to build.”

5.The longest Monopoly game ever went on for 70 days.

6.The “patient” in Operation is named “Cavity Sam.”

7.There are 13 words in the official Scrabble dictionary that are impossible to play even using both blank tiles, including KNICKKNACK, PIZZAZZ, and SENSELESSNESSES.

8.Two journalists invented Trivial Pursuit in 45 minutes after being shocked at the price of a Scrabble set.

9.The probability of rolling a Yahtzee in one roll is 1 in 1296. The chances of doing it in all 13 rounds of a normal game are 1 in 29 duodecillion — A 41 decimal-long number.

10.Based on probability, the most commonly landed on Monopoly square (not counting Jail) is Trafalgar Square. It's followed by Go, Vine Street, Fenchurch Street, King's Cross and Marlborough Street.

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