If you're anything like our family, you like playing board games, but your board game collection is pretty weak. When it comes to adult games, we have about four that we really love, but as far as Jay and Em are concerned we only have about three games that work well for them: Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Monster's Inc Life. If you're anything like me, you also think Chutes and Ladders is the most terrible never ending game ever, and you've played Candy Land so many times it's basically lost it's appeal. If you're in the market for new games this Christmas, here are 10 suggestions that might save your sanity.
1. Sleeping Queens: In this card game, it's all about playing knights, stealing queens, and avoiding potions and dangerous dragons. The box says ages 8+ but I think you could easily gear it down to younger audiences as well.
2. Boom Boom Balloon: In this game of suspense, a balloon is placed in the middle of a sphere, and you have to push sticks into the balloon, alternating turns until it pops. It's super fun!
3. Pie Face: In this game, you place whipped cream on a plastic plate, and then you alternate turns with your opponent cranking the dial until eventually, one of you get pied in the face. I think this is pretty hilarious, Derek doesn't.
4. Kerplunk: Balls are suspended up in the top part of the game by the sticks going through the middle of the tower. Each player alternates pulling the sticks out until eventually all the beads fall to the bottom!
5. Connect 4: It's a classic, but I think every family needs it!
6. Headbandz: Each player attaches a card to a head band that they wear and then they try to guess which card is on their head based upon the clues that the other players give them!
7. Enchanted Forest: "A magical treasure hunt game in the land of fairy tales", this game came highly beloved by one of my friends.
8. Spot it: This is a card game where you draw to cards, each card has many different objects on it, and you have to spot which object is the same on both cards before the other player! There are many variations of this game too with shapes, letters, numbers etc...
9. Zingo: Just like bingo, but instead of letters and numbers, you use pictures. It's fun for kids who are pre-readers!
10. The Sneaky Snacky Squrielle: Your forest friends are hungry and they need your help! Help them find their acorns in this super cute and fun preschool games!
Which games do you love playing with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!