My family has always been big into board games. It is a good way to get us all in one room and spend some quality time together. Everyone is so busy these days with work, school, extra curricular activities, and all the other time-consuming things life throws at us - which is why family game night is the best way to escape the busy week and enjoy those precious moments when we are all together.
Below are some of my personal favourite family games:
Pictionary Air (8+):
I actually received this game in a Christmas gift exchange back in December. Not only was it hilarious to play, but it was easy to set up and all my family members enjoyed it.
This new version of Pictionary takes the ideas from the classic drawing game, but instead you get to draw in the air with the Pictionary wand and it will appear on the screens of the others pointing smart phones at the illustrator. For even more laughs, you can also cast your drawings from your smart device onto your TV. This game is a great way to see which family members might become the next Vincent Van Gogh (or who won’t…)
I was recently introduced to this game by a friend and had to buy it myself; I enjoyed it that much! Settlers of Catan is a strategy game that really comes down to how well you can manage your resources. You need the right materials to make your moves and if you don’t have them, you get the opportunity to barter with others around the table.
There is also Catan JUNIOR available. This version offers simplified rules and is geared towards the ages between 6-9.
Guess Who (6+)
A classic that never gets old! It’s sometimes hard to find games that adults enjoy playing with younger kids that aren’t too repetitive or boring. This game is almost guaranteed to put a smile on your face and won’t take more than 15 minutes per round. It is a great way to bond with your kids and is appropriate for a variety of ages.
Fair warning- This game is addictive! My sister and I always take this game with us whenever we go on a trip. BANANAGRAMS is a game about speed and your ability to put words together. The objective of this game is to use up all of your letters as fast as you can by making a word grid. The first player to use up all their tiles is crowned “Top Banana!”.
There is also a version available for the younger bunch. This is a great way for children to discover different words that perfectly align with reading curriculums. Try getting your kids to find the tiles as fast as they can that spell their name, or pick three random tiles and put them in alphabetical order! There are a variety of challenges that are great for your young ones to start putting their spelling skills into practice.
Apples to Apples Junior (9+)
This is an award-winning comparison game that is fun for the whole family. I can’t even count the number of hours we have spent playing this game around our kitchen table. Apples to Apples is a great way for your kids to expand their vocabulary and thinking skills, while having a blast.
Wanna Bet? (7+)
If you are looking for some good laughs, this is the game for you. My family played this game together for the first-time last month and it kept us entertained for hours.
In this game, players are challenged to perform different tasks while the others at the table place bets on whether or not they will complete them. This is a hilarious game that will be an instant hit for both adults and children.
This is a classic detective game! Try and solve the mystery by moving room to room and figure out who’s done it, with what, and where? This is a great game for those who enjoy reasoning and problem solving.
Clue also comes in many different versions. My sister was recently gifted the Harry Potter version for her birthday and we thoroughly enjoy playing it every time!
I love Jenga because of how simple it is. This is a game that is so easy to play and good for all ages. The best part of Jenga is it’s always full of suspense! Cross your fingers that you aren’t the one who makes the tower fall over… if you’re like my family, you might owe everyone ice cream if that’s the case.
Connect 4 (6+)
Who doesn’t like Connect 4? This is a game that never gets old! Not only is it a quick game, it is a great way to keep your kids entertained. It is not very expensive, easy to learn, and a game that will be played many times.
When I was little, I used to play Connect 4 every time I went to my nana’s house. It is still a game that I enjoy playing today.
Spontuneous is a simple game to play that is entertaining for a variety of ages. A word is given and it's a race to blurt out any song containing that word. No singing skills are necessary! This exciting game is guaranteed to entertain the household for the night.
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