If you are trying to cut back on screen time or break the device addiction, a family game night could be just what you need! Sometimes finding a great game that appeals to the whole family is tricky, so we have taken the guesswork out by providing some awesome suggestions. I come from a family of enthusiastic gamers and we regularly play the classics like Monopoly, Yatzee, and Sorry; but some of the newer board games have become favorites in my house as well! Let’s get right to the fun!
For younger players:
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel– My friend Melody gifted us this game a few years ago describing it as the “only kids’ game that doesn’t make me want to rip my hair out”. It turns out she is right and this is a great starter game for the 2-4 year old set, while being tolerable to adults and “big kids”. It’s a great price right now at only $12.99. Click here for more unique games by Educational Insights; all have great reviews!
Matching Games–Memory isn’t a new game but it’s a great classic that can challenge any age (There’s nothing quite as humbling as being legitimately beaten by a 3 year old; with my mommy-brain it’s happened to me!). There are tons of fun variations for disinterested preschoolers like Frozen, Curious George or Superheroes.
Spot-it- This is a simple, easy-to-carry card game that can appeal to kids age 3 and up (please note: the recommended ages may be different, but I assure you that most 3 year olds can do this). I’ve successfully occupied 8 kids from age 3-7 with this game (which is more than I could say about that time I tried to get them to play charades). Spot-it is a great game for restaurants and waiting rooms also, and there are many themes to choose from, including Holiday Spot-it, Hip Spot-it, and Sports Spot-it!
Two Player Games
Mastermind: Here’s a unique game that adults and kids age 8 and up will enjoy (it’s also brain-boosting using STEM skills and deductive reasoning). One player builds a code and the other player tries to crack it. It’s surprisingly challenging and really fun!
Guess Who?: This is another classic game that works well for kids and adults. It’s great to improve concentration and observation skills!
Monopoly Deal: My family is obsessed with this game because it’s relatively quick, and great for kids (age 8 and up) and adults. With Monopoly Deal, you get all the fun of Monopoly without all the drawn-out frustration (no offense, Classic Monopoly fans). This is one that my husband, ten year old daughters and I play practically every weekend. (Right now it’s only $5 with Amazon prime, which is a fantastic deal!)
Blokus: This is a game for 2-4 players but it’s best played by a group of four. This is another great strategy game that uses math and spatial reasoning skills. It’s very simple to play but a challenge to win! Blokus Trigon is even more challenging!
Rush Hour: This is a fun, creative-thinking puzzle game that has 40 different pattern cards to challenge you again and again. Expansion packets are available for additional puzzle layouts!
Perplexus: This is an addictive, challenging puzzle/maze game reminiscent of the wooden labyrinth we had when I was a child. It encourages concentration, patience and practice for ages 8 and up. We enjoy the Original as well as the EPIC version.
I want to quickly mention a few games that my family would recommend although I personally don’t have the patience for them (Sorry, I’d rather be blogging). If you are willing to put in a little set-up time and can focus for more than 30 seconds interpreting the instructions, my more dedicated gaming friends and family would suggest these: King of Tokyo, Settlers of Catan, Exploding Kittens, Robot Wars, and Code Names. I can vouch that these are all really fun strategy games! My advice is to get a few different kinds of games to engage the kids, add some popcorn or cookies, and turn off the cell-phones. If you play your cards right, (get it?!) you will have a fun evening that everyone can enjoy!
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