I grew up with many fond memories of playing family board games, building forts in the back yard and running around with my friends. I hope that technology doesn't start to replace creativity and imagination in young children! I had to delete all games off of my iPhone because I got tired of nieces and nephews running up and asking me, “Do you have any games on your phone?”
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of educational apps that we now have access to, as well as some of the fun ones. I just hope they don't ever take over some of the classic kid's games that provide quality family interaction.
So if you are buying your kid an iPad or Kindle for Christmas, awesome! But don't forget to also get them some fun board games as well!
Here are some of the “classics” (Yes, I played Operation growing up), as well as some current best-sellers:
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A Top-Seller, recommended for ages 3-83
Okay, does anyone have this game? Because the reviews are really making me want to buy this one for Christmas this year. It sounds like a winner but I have never played it.
Try and spot the match! With over 800 FIVE STAR ratings, you can't go wrong with this one! In a travel-sized tin, this is a fun game for the entire family. This one would make a great stocking stuffer. Check out the other versions of this game too.
Hungry, Hungry Hippos (ages 4+)
This is one of those games that I can play repeatedly without going absolutely insane. I can't say the same for Candy Land. In fact, I hope none of you are offended, but Candy Land isn't even making the list. I just hate it too much. I'm too frugal to throw ours away, but I secretly hope that it gets lost one day.
Race to be the first to get your cherries in the bucket! This is a great game to practice counting.
This one was recommended by one of my readers as a family-favorite.
- Skills Builder: Body Awareness, Fine & Gross Motor Skills, Counting, Taking Turns, Rolling a Die, Spinning a Spinner, & Working Cooperatively!
Oh the hours I have played this game with nieces and nephews growing up!
What are some Family-Favorite Board Games for kids that you enjoy in your home?