Our family loves to play games. We REALLY try to play a game each and every Sunday, as it is a wonderful family activity, in my book. There are SO many things to be learned from everyone playing a game, and often the main one is just being together sans electronics. It’s a good thing.
Here are 5 of my favorite family games, for kids of ALL ages (mine are ages almost 5 to almost 14):
1. Apples to Apples: This is a great one to play on the level you are at. When P couldn’t read, she often put in some winners (even though I would read them to her). BUT, she had fun and she was easily able to participate by throwing her card in. I think she may have learned a few words while doing it! Apples to Apples is often at Goodwill, keep your eyes open!
2. Make it or break it. This is a fun one that you make what is on the cards. Again, each person can play at their level. Drew is somewhat colorblind, so I think this game might be hardest for him, but it’s a great learning game for all of us! *I love almost all the Ravensburger games. They do a great job with them.
3. Labrinth — another Ravensburger. This one has so much strategy and thought process. I do think this one is a bit above Paige, but I think within a year or two she’ll be on it. Drew and I also really enjoyed playing it. Good game!
4. Disney Scene it — we actually have a lot of scene it type games (we have 3 Harry Potter ones), but this one everyone enjoys. They even have clips of older movies from when Drew and I were little s o we can show our Disney prowess also. 🙂 This one is CRAZY expensive, so I hope there are other ones out there. The key is to focus on all the members of your family, which is why this one fits so well!
5. Playing cards. Be it Rook, or face cards. There are SO many great card games to play with your family. We brought a few decks when we went camping and everyone enjoyed them so much. I forget to pull them out because they seem so simple, but they’re easy to talk over and often involve a little math or quick thinking as well! We also really like Uno, and Phase 10!
There are a few other games that we really like, but seem to be out of publication right now. Whoonu is like Apples to Apples, but about a certain family member each turn. Snorta is a game I learned with just playing cards a long time ago, but the game makes it a little more fun. Zooreka is one my kids have really enjoyed as you try to build a zoo. Some other ones pictured below, that weren’t in this post (these are actual Instagrams of our Sunday morning game time) include Balloon Lagoon, Piranha Panic and Sorry! The later two are great for when you might have a little family agression to get it out in a fun, effective way. SORRY!!! 🙂
Amazon often has great deals on games, and Goodwill can be a treasure of games families have grown out of. Just ask to open the game, to make sure the important pieces are in it! Black Friday can be a good day to shop for games, and we almost always get a family game for Christmas. If you haven’t found any good ones for your whole family to play, keep looking! Post your favorites below!
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