Our family loves playing games. It is fun and keeps my kids away from the ever-present electronic devices. I cherish these special times and is a fantastic way to spend time with your children.
The tradition in our household is to give each of our kids (6, 10 and 11 years old) games for Christmas and Birthdays.
I have noticed over the years that we always go back to the “old-fashioned”, traditional games. Along the way, we have also discovered some newer games we thoroughly enjoy playing.
In this post, I want to share our favorite games and hope to inspire you to play more with your kids. By the way, these games are also suitable to put in your travel luggage and play on your next vacation.
#1 Trouble Game by Hasbro
It is so easy to play; no complicated rules so even younger children can play it. The game is designed for four players and provides hours of fun and entertainment.
I think it not only teaches children how to count but also to play a bit tactical.
#2 Guess Who Game
Each player has to ask the opponent questions about the person they are looking for, e.g., has the person dark hair or does the person wear a scarf or earrings. The aim is to eliminate people on the board as quickly as possible. The person who guessed right first wins the game.
My kids just love playing this game. It helps to think strategically but also to use many descriptive words.
#3 Connect Four
The game contains 21 red and 21 yellow discs. The player who puts four discs in a row first wins. It takes a bit of strategic thinking to play this game.
Our family loves it and never gets tired of playing it.
#4 Hangman – Magnetic Game
I especially love this edition because everything is magnetic so you can’t lose pieces. It is easy and practical to take in the car or on your next family vacation.
The game includes 78 magnetic pieces and a bonus game World Scramble.
This edition replicates the original packaging from its debut in 1956. A bit of nostalgic here. The only thing you might like to replace is the metallic dice cup. (makes a lot of noise when shaking the dice:-)
The manufacturer recommends this game for children aged eight and up but I think it is also suitable for younger children, of course with the help of a grown up.
The Yahtzee game is a lot of fun.
So get out the five dice, the cup, score pad and a pen and enjoy a perfect family game night.
# 6 Pickomino – HeckMeck
The rules are pretty straightforward: whoever gets the most worms off the grill wins.
The box contains 16 sturdy heavy-plastic tiles and eight wooden dice plus the instructions of course. That’s all you need to get the worms off the bbq and onto your pile. Ready – Set – Go!
I do love playing card games because you can take them anywhere and the play rules are mostly easy to follow. One box of Ligretto will be sufficient for 4 players. If you would like to play with more people, you will need to get another game with a set of different colors.
The aim of the game is to get rid of your cards as fast as possible by putting them on individual piles sorted by colors and numbers from 1 to 10. If you got no more cards left you must call “Ligretto”.
The more player the more hectic it gets but it is so much fun, that’s for sure!
# 8 Uno
The box contains 108 cards in four colors including special action cards that make the game exciting and a game changer. Basically, each player takes turns to match the card on the pile according to the color or the number. If you have no more cards in your hand, you need to call”Uno Uno” and you win.
The game is recommended for children from 7 years and up. In my opinion, it is also suitable for younger children as long as they know numbers and colors. My daughter has been playing this game since she was five. (she is a bit older now) With a little bit of support, younger kids can easily play Uno and have lots of fun.
Summing It All Up
I highly recommend each of these games because of
- they are lots of fun too play
- provide hours of laughs and entertainment
- are suitable for your next road trip or vacation
- create lasting memories for your family
- help children to learn rules and put strategies into place
- are affordable (price range from $6 to $15).
These eight games are perfect as a Christmas or Birthday gift, not only for children!
Related post: Our Ultimate List Of The Best Travel Toys for Toddlers
I would love to hear about your favorite family game. Please leave a comment below.
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