This week is all about games and puzzles! The old-fashioned games, with boards, cards, and dice. So, set the television and video games aside in favor of some friendly, family fun.
What better way to have fun than to break out your childhood favorite games? If you don’t have any board games on hand, you can always check out your local library and rent them. If you’re a Thrift store shopper, you can always find a section with games – just make sure all the pieces are in the box.
Exciting Games for the Family
Some of my family’s favorite games are:
It’s a game your whole family can enjoy. Up to 8 people can play. Its best suited for ages 8 and up, but if you have younger children, we always have teams. The game can last hours, so make snacks and get started. Give it a ‘GO’.
Younger children love to play Chutes and Ladders and it has an educational element to it as well; it helps them to count. Children 3 and older can play and the concept is super easy. You simply progress up the board, avoiding the slides, which bring you back down. Snakes and ladders is even more fun!
Connect 4 is a perfect two game player. It’s as simple as the title, connect 4 in any way and you win. It’s suggested for ages 6 and up, but the concept is so straightforward that my younger children enjoy it too.
Sorry! is the game of revenge. It’s for up to 4 players, using pieces and cards to move around a board. I loved this game as a child, now I play it with my own kids and they really enjoy it. Just watch out if your child has trouble losing, this game can get slightly heated!
Jenga is definitely a game of skill and precision…. and luck! The suggested age is 6yrs and older, but playing with a 6yr old has the game crashing down rather soon. I play this game with friends and it goes on for a much longer time, making the tower lean and wobble!
These are some of my family’s favorites. We also like to play cards, because there are endless games; Crazy Eights is always fun. Memory is great for the younger kids- it’s the game where you set all the cards out, face down and you flip 2 over at a time, trying to get a match. Go Fish is obviously another classic.
As for puzzles, you can find a few age-appropriate ones at your local dollar store. If you’re looking for something slightly more complex, get a jigsaw puzzle, they have hundreds or even thousands of pieces.
As much as we’ve focused on games in this post, it’s not the important aspect or the focus this week. This week is about connecting with friends and family, no matter what games you’re playing. Remember: it’s not the game that makes the fun, it’s the company!