Taking a break from our screens is essential for our mental, physical and emotional health. When your eyes need a rest from artificial light and you have free time to spend with a friend or family member, a board game is a great way to reconnect and have fun. We love playing Chinese Checkers, a game that has been around for more than 100 years and can be enjoyed by both children and adults.
Contrary to its name, Chinese Checkers originated in Germany. Based on the game Halma, Chinese Checkers is a more simplified version that tests a players’ ability to strategize. The game was initially called Stern-Halma and was renamed in the 1920s before being renamed a second time to Chinese Checkers as a way to appeal to a broader audience.
Chinese Checkers can be played with two, three, four, or six players who are all trying to get their pieces to the opposite corner of the board before their opponent. The game requires strategy and focus and is excellent for teaching problem-solving. Whether you want to revisit the game from your childhood or introduce it as a new option for game night, these are our top picks for Chinese Checkers sets.