PEG Holiday Gift Guide 2015: Family Game Edition
This week we’re sharing some of our best ideas for holiday gifts for kids of all ages! Be sure to check out all of our holiday gift guides!
We LOVE board games at our house. And while we prefer cooperative games (see this gift guide of ONLY cooperative games!), we do enjoy non-cooperative games from time-to-time too. Here are some of the games that we really like to play as a family, as well as a few on our wish list!
1. Zeus on the Loose ($9.32)
My 8 year old has been really into Greek and Roman Mythology lately (thank you, Percy Jackson), so we got him this game for his birthday upon recommendation of a friend. I have yet to play it with him (he’s just played it with a friend so far), but apparently it’s a super fun “epic” card game that incorporates the various Greek gods. 🙂
This board game involves trying to run through a maze, finding the 7 treasures before their opponent…but the trick is, the board game is constantly shifting and moving. Sounds incredibly fun, but a bit frustrating, so this would probably only be good for those kids who can play games without crying 🙂
3. Qwirkle Board Game($24.95)
I trust that many of you have this game already, but for the new-to-family-board-games crowd, I wanted to include it just in case you don’t. 🙂 Basically this game is all about creating lines of blocks with various colors and patterns. This truly is a family game because it’s a reading that requires no reading, but only recognition of colors and patterns.
4. Rolling America ($10.95)
This new game from Gamewright combines some luck and some strategy to produce a whole lot of fun (and sneaky learning!). How to play: each player gets their own map of the U.S. (divided up into colored sections) along with their own set of dice. The goal is to get your whole map covered with numbers rolled, but the trick is that each adjacent section of states cannot differ by more than one. Each player is playing independently, but also against the other players, so you have to be sure to be careful in your number placement. We love that this game is fast-paced and will fit into the “20 minutes before bedtime” window. While the “how-to” instructions feel a bit clunky to explain, it makes perfect sense when you start playing. 🙂
For those of you who love numbers, this numerical crossword-style game will be a favorite. Players add up the numbers in their row and make it to be a multiple of whatever they roll on the dice. There are a few different ways to play, and all of them are fun :). As I’m writing this, I realize that this may not seem like fun to a lot of you. Math nerds unite.
6. Deluxe Blokus Game ($24.95)
So another staple game on the list, but again, such a good family game. Place the tiles on the board, one at a time while taking turns, and the goal is to place them in such a way that the other players end up not having space to lay theirs! Sounds simple– and it is– but the more your kids develop their strategy, the more fun it is. It’s also good to put kids on teams to go up against mom and dad :).
7. Laser Maze Junior ($29.95)
Maryann reviewed this game earlier this year. Check it out here!
8. Gobblet Gobblers ($15.99)
Gobblet Gobblers is like tic tac toe on steroids. The goal is simple, to get three of your gobblers in a row, but the twist? You can “gobble” up other players by putting your piece on top of your opponents! Just when you think you’re winning, you get gobbled and the whole game changes. It’s great in building memory, spatial reasoning, and critical thinking in our kids, but it just feels like a whole lot of fun.
9. Chess Set ($16.99)
Chess is a total classic game, but often one that parents overlook. Will my kids actually like it? Well, who knows, but I think it’s worth giving it a try. This chess set has a light weight, roll-able board, making it a great option for taking it on trips AND if you think your child may like to do tournaments, this is the kind that they’ll use (and one that you’ll want to bring with you to use in the skittles room).
10. Super Genius – Addition ($12.31)
Math cards and Spot It got together and had a baby– they named her Super Genius. 🙂 To play, each player shows a card and tries to find the one thing that matches. If you were playing Spot It, you’d want to find which picture was the same on both cards. In Super Genius, you’ll want to find which addition problem matches which answer. While this involves math, you may wonder if kids will think this is actually fun. Our kids’ answer is absolutely! I don’t even know if they’re aware that this is an “educational game” :).
What are your family’s favorite games?
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