Here’s some MORE of our favorite games (and their benefits of playing them):
I Can Do That! – A Cat in The Hat themed game where kids (even very young kids, like 2 and up) and parents can play together. This is a fun family game or for a small group of young kids (preschool, kindergarten) to play together with adult assistance. Players must complete the challenge they pick from the cards … most of them are super silly and require just a bit of thinking and skill to successfully complete. Great game to increase positive relationships, confidence, and self esteem.
Busytown – A Richard Scarry themed game which has fun elements of “I Spy” and a cooperative nature to all players getting to the end of the game together. I like the that it takes the emphasis off of “winning” and puts it on playing a game together! Great for young kids (3 to 6 years).
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game – Obviously designed after the classic Eric Carle book. Players make their way around the board by eating the correct amount of food to get to the end and turn into a butterfly. It’s a simple, fun game for young children aged 2.5 to 6.
Mousetrap – My 5 year old son LOVES this classic game … mostly because we get to BUILD a CONTRAPTION while we play. He loves marble runs and Rube Goldbrick machines … so this is right up that alley. Players move around the board and build the contraption as they go … to ultimately trap their opponents and win the game. I would recommend for kids 5 years and older. Great game to discuss cause-and-effect and basic physics. Also, very often problem solving comes into play because they contraption doesn’t work and needs to be fixed! (so, some frustration tolerance too!)
Hisss – this is another one of our favorites. Players use cards with different parts and colors of snakes to build complete (head, middle, & tail) snake. Longer snakes are more cards and worth more points (1 card=1 point). Great color matching game and good for discussion of what makes a “whole”. I like it because it’s simple and fun. Good for ages 3 and up.
Zingo 1-2-3 – This is a great version of math bingo that has different levels of difficulty, matching amount to the correct number. Good game to build math skills; appropriate for kids 3 to 8 (depending on their ability).
Clue Jr. – We originally got this game after my sister and best friend attempted to play Clue with my game crazy 5 year old son. It wasn’t that he didn’t get the concept, it was that it brought up TOO MANY questions … “What is murder?” “How would you kill someone with a lead pipe?”. Yeah … so we got Clue Jr. It’s a more kid friendly version … they find who ate the cake instead. :0) Good for learning the process of elimination, maintaining attention, and problem solving skills. Good for kids aged 4 to 8.
Qwirkle – This game is definitely a harder game for kids and adults. Players have to create sets of tiles that either match in shape and/or color or have each piece (set of 6) have all different colors or shape. Great for increasing critical thinking and strategical skills.