What Does the Cow Say? Farming Board Games

Nicolas Ricketts of The Strong explores three tabletop games that capture the essence of farm life in a family-friendly manner.

Live-n-Learn Play Boot from Matchbox (1977)

Released in 1977 from Matchbox, the Live-n-Learn Play Boot was a playset that encouraged children to create scenarios for a family that lived in a colourful and cozy plastic boot.

Don’t Dump the Daisy from Ideal (1970)

Straight out of 1970, Don’t Dump the Daisy is an action/dexterity game from Ideal.

Barnstormer from Marx (1975)

Barnstormer players compete to build a flight tower one block at a time in the unpredictable flight path of a circling biplane.

Pandamonium from Milton Bradley (1983)

Released in 1983 from Milton Bradley, the Pandamonium board game gathered an embarrassment of pandas competing to be the first bear to reach the Pyramid of Power.

Lace-Ups from Whitman (1970s)

In the 1970s, Whitman released Lace-Ups, a line of educational toys designed to help children ages four to eight develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.

Fascination Pool from Remco (1963)

In Fascination Pool, Remco mashed-up a traditional maze and a miniature pool table into a dexterity game for one or more players.

Tippy Tumbles from Remco (1968)

In 1968, Remco released Tippy Tumbles, an acrobatic doll operated by a hidden remote control.

The Creature from the Black Lagoon Mystery Game from Hasbro (1963)

Released in 1963 from Hasbro, The Creature from the Black Lagoon Mystery Game immersed players in a cardboard version of the murky habitat that was home to the same amphibious entity that frightened moviegoers in the 1954 movie.

Séance from Milton Bradley (1972)

In the 1972 board game, Séance, from Milton Bradley, players have the chance to add to the fortune left them by their late Uncle Everett.

Comic Games from Mattel (1971)

In 1971, Mattel introduced Comic Games, a series that combined card games for two to four players with eye-catching blister packaging styled after comic books.

Picture Maker from Mattel (1970)

In 1970, Mattel released the Picture Maker series of drawing sets featuring patterned stencils that allowed children to create illustrations based on popular brands and licensed cartoon characters.