Quality family time is tough to squeeze in with all that life has to offer. Good old-fashioned family fun such as playing board games creates special bonds and connections between family members, building and strengthening relationships. Some of my best memories are sitting down with my parents playing a board game. (Clue was our favorite.) Unfortunately, playing board games is something that families are seldom able to sit down together and enjoy these days. Between work, school, homework, and extracurricular activities, catching a break to sit down and create these types of special memories and bonds is tricky. I encourage you to find time each week to enjoy a fun, family board game! Break away from the media and busyness of life to create some lasting memories.
Note: Maybe your family has children who vary in age quite a bit. All it takes is some mediation on your part to help the little ones participate in older age-based games, or have the older children play along with the younger kid’s games. Perhaps create teams if you need help navigating when there are children of different age groups.
First Orchard – This one is nice as everyone plays as a team to collect the fruit from the trees before the Raven arrives to eat it all.
Topper Takes a Trip – Little toddlers love to fill things up son they? This is a fun interactive game where you and your child gather items for Topper the Dog take on his trip.
Monkey Around – Your littles will love this motor movement based game incorporates balance, coordination, and language learning such as body parts.
Feed the Woozle – This is the current favorite for my 3 and 4 year olds. Feed the silly “Woozle” his (quite yucky) snacks while incorporating balance, motor skills, and dexterity.
Count Your Chickens – This fun and simple game helps children count and work as a team. Collect all the baby chickens to return to mama hen before the fox gets to them!
Heads Talk Tails Walk – This one will have everyone giggling as players try and match animal tiles and have act out mismatches!
Clue Jr – This version of the classic game for younger kids will use their thinking skills to solve the mystery.
Disney Eye Found It – This version features all their favorite Disney characters in a race to find hidden objects. They will put those critical thinking skills to practice!
Rhino Hero – Working or dexterity and construction skills, children build a tower for Rhino to climb, but don’t let it fall!
Blokus – A strategy game reminiscent of Tetris that challenges players to fit your pieces on the game board while blocking opponents.
Sky Magic – Children work as a team using strategy to bring the whimsical characters back home before there magic runs out.
Game of Life – A family favorite for years, this game is all about educational and career paths, finances, and other life choices.
Apples to Apples Jr – Think the PG version of Cards Against Humanity. Players make hilarious caparisons and judge the best answers.
Blank Slate – A fun fill-in-the blank game where players try to predict what others are thinking.
Bears vs Babies – Players build strong monsters armies with body part cards to take on creepy, mean babies. Sound weird? It is, but hilarious, and it totally appeals to this tween age group.
The Chameleon – A fun, word association game where players practice their bluffing skills to throw others off the fact they are the chameleon.
Unstable Unicorns – A competitive game using strategy, players build the ultimate unicorn army to take down opponents before they are taken down.
Speed Charades – A classic charades game with a twist, teams go head to head simultaneously to act out words gain the points before the other team wins.
Relative Insanity – This is meant for family play, harping on family members by creating crazy situational phrases that are sure to make everyone crack up.
Cranium – This classic game gives players the chance to show off skills and abilities in four different areas.
Pick Your Poison – A “would you rather” scenario game in the board game version.
Do you and your family set aside time for board games? What are your favorites? Share with us!