We often have a family game night. Sometimes we play our favorite video games but most of the time we play board games. We love playing board games. We sit around the kitchen table laughing and talk about life (yes, even the 3 year old). Board games are a great way to connect with each other and to unplug from our heavily digital lives.
We own so many board games so I thought I’d share some of our favorites categorized by age.
Sneaky Squirrel – This is simple game where players take turns trying to collect each color of acorn. The first play to collect each color wins. This is probably my favorite game for young children.
First Orchard – All of the Haba My Very First Games are great for younger children. We love the original Orchard Game and the First Orchard game is perfect for younger children. This is a cooperative game where players work together to collect all the fruit before the raven steals it.
The Ladybug Game – This is a really cute game where players help lead the ladybugs to the rose garden while avoiding obstacles along the way. Children learn beginning reading skills and counting.
Paw Patrol Matching Game – Matching games are great for younger children. I particularly love this Paw Patrol game because it
Count Your Chickens – Peaceable Kingdom makes wonderful board games for kids that are “Cooperative” games which means players work together to reach a goal rather than compete against each other. I think this is especially great for younger kids. Count Your Chickens is a game where players work together to help mama hen find all the baby chicks.
Stack Up – Another Peachable Kingdom game that helps children develop motor skills and matching. Players take turns and work together to stack blocks before smasher knocks down the tower of blocks.
Sequence for Kids – The classic game of sequence for kids. Play a card from your hand, and place your chip on the corresponding character on the board – the first with four chips in a row wins!
Connect Four – A classic board game where 2 players take turns trying to get 4 in a row. Stay one step ahead of opponents and block their attempts to get to 4-in-a-row first!
Battleship – Battleship is the classic naval combat game that brings together competition, strategy, and excitement.
Orchard – Orchard is a cooperative game in which players work to collect the fruit from the trees before the raven can steal them.
Cauldron Quest – A magical game of potions and spells, Cauldron Quest is a cooperative game where players work together to find hidden ingredients to break the evil wizard’s spell.
Outfoxed – A cooperative whodunit game where players work together to found out who took Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie.
SET Junior – SET Junior’s two-sided board is designed to grow with your child. Match cards or race to find the most sets.
Gnomes at Night – Gnomes at Night is a cooperative search-and-find maze game where players work as a team to maneuver the magnetic gnome movers around the maze.
Ages 8 and up
Labyrinth – Players must find all of their objects and characters while moving carefully through the constantly changing maze, and be the first to make it back to the starting square to win.
Clue – Who committed the murder in the mansion? Eliminate the suspects and discover whodunit, with what and where
Scrabble – Classic Scrabble game has the letter tiles and game guide for a wordy showdown
Catan – Your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game.
Ticket to Ride – Ticket to Ride is a game for 2-5 players where players see who can travel by rail to the most cities in North America in just seven days.
The games our whole family plays together to most are Labyrinth, Sneaky Squirrel and Battleship.
What are your favorite board games?