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And I’m excited to share some of my top recommendations for board games for kids and families! It was difficult to narrow it down to 10 so I decided to focus on games that fostered fun family interaction. Here’s what I came up with:
Bananagrams is a fun word making game for ages 7 and older. It’s basically like Scrabble without the point values and silly words only found in a Scrabble dictionary. It’s also very travel friendly and does not actually require a board!
Rory’s Story Cubes is storytelling game that can be played anywhere with 1 or more players. To play you roll the dice and then create a story that links the pictures together. Depending on how many are playing the player(s) can chose to create individual or group stories. There are tons of great opportunities for language and story structure development and laughs with this game!
Trouble Board Game is a well known, classic board game that makes a great starter board game for young kids. The rules are simple and the game is easy to catch onto which makes it a good choice for multi-age play.
Uno Card Game is a sure hit with all ages and should definitely be considered a must-have for family game night!
ThinkFun Zingo is a bingo-style game for ages 4 and up. It helps kids develop picture and word recognition, memory skills, and concentration and is highly entertaining for all ages.
Sorry is another classic board game that all ages enjoy. It helps teach kids how to strategize and be resilient and is a favorite for it’s easy to understand rules and unpredictability.
Melissa & Doug Suspend is a new game that requires players to build and hang rods without toppling over the structure. It’s an exciting game of nerves that helps develop hand-eye coordination and cognitive skills.
Sequence for Kids is geared for ages 4 and up. Players match the cards in their hands to colored chips they are playing on the game board and try to create a sequence, or 4 in a row.
Doodle Dice Game is a drawing game for ages 5 and older. You roll the dice and create the doodle pictured. When your doodles match on of the cards in the deck you get to keep that card. One family I know says that Doodle Dice is so much fun they play it almost daily!
Blokus Junior Game is a strategy game geared for young kids through 13 years of age and older. The junior edition has a larger gameboard and more options than the traditional Blokus game and is perfect for a family game night. Players try to get as many pieces as possible on the board by placing them from corner to corner like in the original version.
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JDaniel4's Mom says
I keep reading about Zingo! I will have to look for it for JDaniel.
Megan @ CoffeeCupsandCrayons says
I hope he loves it! Board games are so much fun–especially at this age when they really start to enjoy them!
hubby and i like to play board games and since our son is still a baby, i might just buy one of these games so hubby and i can do something when the little one naps 🙂
There are definitely some good ones to choose from!
Myh kids really liked Blokus board game. I would also add Qwirkle to the list. It is very entertaining!
Megan Sheakoski says
Qwirkle is a good one!!!