I grew up in a family that loved playing games together. Looking back at my childhood, I can’t help but feel that so much of the fun and fond memories I have are tied to the games we played. The great thing is these games are still just as fun today – although they may be hard to find because they’re out of print now!
1. Uno: The ultimate classic card game for families that’s easy to learn and perfect for all ages.
Uno is an easy-to-learn, fun game that the whole family can enjoy. The rules are simple: match the color or number of cards in your hand with those on the table. There’s also a wild card (the Uno card), which can be played at any time to change a single matching card on the table. Players take turns drawing cards and playing them to win tricks (rounds). The first person to get rid of all their cards wins!
Uno is great for families because it’s easy to learn, play and travel with, plus it’s quick to set up and take down when you’re done playing.
2. Apples to Apples: A hilarious comparison game that engages adults and kids alike in playful debate.
The first game is Apples to Apples. It’s a hilarious comparison game that engages adults and kids alike in playful debate, as players vie for the best cards with which to compare their nouns. The person who is it, picks an adjective card and reads it out loud. The other players then pick a noun card from their hand and place it face down on the table. Once all players have chosen their noun cards, they’re revealed simultaneously and placed next to each other on the table (so everyone can see them). Then you must decide which card has been described better by comparing them side-by-side using your own reasoning skills!
If you want more information about this popular party game, check out our review of Apples To Apples or watch our family board gaming video below:
3. Scrabble: The classic word game that just may be the perfect way to build your children’s vocabularies while you have fun together.
The classic word game that just may be the perfect way to build your children’s vocabularies while you have fun together.
- Players: 2 or more
- Age range: 8+
- How to play: The game is played by placing letter tiles on the board, trying to form words based on what appears and what’s been previously played. If you make a word, you get points and continue playing until someone gets all their tiles. You can also build off existing letters in order to create longer words!
The first player who has no more letters left wins! This game is super easy to understand as well as teach others how it works (or any other board games for that matter). It’s great for families because it can help with spelling skills and vocabulary development.
4. Monopoly: Everyone loves this board game that lets you buy, sell, and trade property as you move around the board building houses and hotels.
Monopoly is a board game that everyone knows and loves. It’s been around since the 1930s and has become a classic because of its fun gameplay, easy-to-learn strategy, and family appeal. In Monopoly, you buy property and make money by collecting rent from other players as they land on your properties. There are also some special spaces on the board that give players extra advantages or allow them to skip ahead in the game (such as “Go”).
The rules for Monopoly are pretty simple: Each player starts out with $1500 in cash (or whatever amount you decide) and then moves around the board buying properties using their money until someone has won all of them! The winner is determined when no one else can purchase any more property or if one player has purchased every single piece up for sale!
5. Sorry!: This is a strategy game where you move your pieces around the board trying to get all of your pawns home safely before your opponents do first.
Sorry!: This is a strategy game where you move your pieces around the board trying to get all of your pawns home safely before your opponents do first. The game is played on a board with a starting square and four triangular spaces. The object of the game is to get all of your pawns to the home spaces before your opponents do. You roll a die and move accordingly, but there are some special rules that make this one more fun than just about any other board game out there!
6. Trouble: This is a slightly more advanced game where players try to get all four of their pieces around the board by rolling a die and bumping opponents back to start if they land on them.
Trouble is a slightly more advanced game where players try to get all four of their pieces around the board by rolling a die and bumping opponents back to start if they land on them. The trick is that you have to plan ahead, as landing on your own pieces will not let you move again at all. You also need patience, because you may only roll two or three times before getting stuck in one place for a while—or worse: getting knocked back! But once you figure out how far each move can take you and what your strategy needs to be, Trouble becomes quite addictive.
7. Connect Four : Although it is considered by many, including myself, as “chess for dummies”, this competitive column-stacking game will have both kids and adults alike strategizing new ways to win each time they play!
- Connect Four : Although it is considered by many, including myself, as “chess for dummies”, this competitive column-stacking game will have both kids and adults alike strategizing new ways to win each time they play!
The object of Connect Four is to be the first player to get four of your tokens in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally (you can’t have more than one token in any space at once). The first player places their token on the board and then alternately players drop tokens into the grid until someone wins. You can choose to play against an opponent or against an AI and there are tons of different variants for you to try out if you get bored with basic Connect Four!
Playing games like these with your kids makes family time much more memorable and fun in addition to the obvious benefits of bonding with your children
Playing games like these with your kids makes family time much more memorable and fun in addition to the obvious benefits of bonding with your children.
The benefits of playing games for kids
- Games give kids a chance to learn many things, including social skills and problem solving skills. Playing games helps them develop planning skills as well as math and reading skills.
- Games provide opportunities for your children to improve their communication (verbal, nonverbal) by demonstrating rules, explaining reasons behind rules and making sure that everyone is following them properly. This can teach them how to express themselves clearly while having fun!
Hopefully, this post has convinced you that playing games with your kids is one of the best ways to spend time together. This activity not only helps children learn new skills, but it also gives parents an opportunity to bond with them and make memories that will last a lifetime. After all, what child doesn’t love playing with their family members?