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Life is busy, trust me I know! Between school and meals and after school activities it can be easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life. As much as I love the idea of a nightly family dinner, many nights my family spends the dinner hour at our local pool for swim team practice, so it can be tough sometimes to “connect” with one another. But you know what? We have adjusted. We connect in other ways than the family dinner hour. We have a big, leisurely breakfast together on Saturday mornings. We have pizza and a family show every Friday night and we love to have Family Game Night!
Did you know that playing board games with your kids is about more than just having fun? It is a great way to teach kids important life skills as well. Because of the ages of my older four kids we tend to play board games as partners, so it is a great way to teach kids the importance of working together to solve a problem and to always be a gracious winner and loser.
Here are some of my families favorite board games, perfect for cold winter nights at home!
Family Game Night
Preschool aged kids:
Sorry–Bump! Slide! Switch! until somebody gets all the way home! Classic family fun for 60 years. For 2-4 Players. For ages 6 & up. Includes 16 Translucent Pawns, Gameboard, Deck of Cards, Instructions in English and Spanish
Number Hunt–Join your silly safari friends in a race through the jungle, counting, reading and adding numbers to move around the board when you play Number Hunt! Be the first to reach the finish and you win.
I spy Preschool Game–I Spy Preschool Game helps players to practice the important pre-reading skills of visual recognition, matching, rhyming, and first reading. Half of the cards contain words with matching images. The other half features classic I Spy scenes. Find the scene cards that match the word cards and then connect them like a puzzle!
Classic Trouble–Start the game by taking turns popping the dice with Pop-O-Matic dice popper. You can only move a game piece out of home base if you roll a six. The first player to move all of their pegs into the finish line by rolling the exact numbers needed wins the game!
Super Scrabble –This classic favorite is equipped with the innovative Tile “Lock” to hold your tiles in places. You won’t need to try to figure out where each piece was when they start slip-sliding around. In addition, you can rotate the board and angle it to get the best view for each player. The drawstring storage bag is great for containing the 200 plastic letter tiles, 4 plastic tile racks and illustrated instructions.
Stratego–There is one simple purpose – protect the flag! Forty pieces (per player) are lined up with precision and careful thought (or randomly and quickly, if your child is so inclined). Each piece represents a specific officer or soldier in the army, and are given a numbered rank – higher ranks capture lower ranking pieces.
Bananagrams–This award-winning word game needs no pencil, paper, or bulky board. It is fast and fun. One hand can be played in as little as 5 minutes. Play at home, in restaurants, campgrounds, etc. Great for travel!
Mighty Mind--Great for developing creativity & helping children understand visual/spatial relationships, MightMind is a great confidence builder in a fun, purposeful format.
Game of Life–Spin the wheel of fate! A family classic for more than 30 years. Do good deeds to earn Life Tiles and more money down the road! 2 to 6 players.
Hedbanz Electric–Bring home the fast-paced, team-based electronic version of Hedbanz! There’s 3 ways to guess and give clues to figure out what’s in your headband: ask “yes” or “no” questions, have your teammates tell you about it, or have your teammates act it out! Check out my review here!
What board games do you enjoy playing with your kids? Hope this helps you find some new ones!