A family game night gift guide has been a thing I’ve wanted to put together for a while. We love game night and it’s a must do year round. During the holiday season each year we add to our collection at least 2 games. This 2018 holiday season has some new game releases for the whole family, which means family game night has just gotten better.
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My family game night gift guide includes games for the whole family to enjoy for children ages 3 and up. This list Includes board game classics for the nostalgic mamas out there and newer games that will have your kids loving every minute.
The Importance of Family Game Night
According to Psyc Central, family game nights are an important thing to make time for when you can. “An hour or so a week of family time playing together helps reconnect everyone. Games teach important life skills, and regular game nights give kids practice in these essential skills.”
Our family doesn’t have time for a weekly family game night but I try to make it a point of doing it at minimum 2x a month. I’ve found that when we make time for these game nights, the kids are having a blast, they share more openly with us and we’re creating lasting memories.
Think about the last time you made time for a family game night, was it last week or last year? Here I share a few tips on things to do with your kids when you’re over it as a parent.
Game nights aren’t just a time for a family either, you can plan an adult game night as well. Or try game night for your date night with your spouse and get that competitive nature flowing.
Here are 3 Indoor Date Night Tips for you and your spouse. We play more games as a couple then we do as a family. My husband and I love to spend time indoors as a truly cost-effective way to still have fun.
2018 Top 16 Family Game Night Gift Guide
Change up game night with this version of the Monopoly game where cheating is not only welcome, it’s a must do! With the Cheater’s edition, players can try to get away with as many cheats as they can. They’re rewarded for completing a cheat and penalized for failing one. Follow, bend, or break the rules to win!
Be careful not to poop out while playing this hilarious game with messy consequences! Put on a blindfold, spin the spinner, and then take that many steps across the game mat. But watch out! Little piles of a compound, molded in the shape of poop have been strategically placed on the mat. Sometimes players will have to add a poop, remove a poop, or even re-arrange the poops along the mat. Who can avoid the number twos to be number one to win?
A family game night classic, grab Candyland and share your nostalgic game night memories with your own little tribe. Start down the colorful road to sweet surprises in this classic Candy Land game that features the fun illustrations and gingerbread man movers that kids love.
Kick your meatballs up the mountain! You and your Yeti are a team-a mean, lean kicking’ team! It’s up to you to aim Yeti and then Bop him on the head to make him start kicking meatballs, trying to get them onto the mountain ledges!
The classic wood building block game, with fun for the whole family. the classic block-stacking, a stack-crashing game of Jenga. How will you stack up against the law of gravity? Stack the wooden blocks in a sturdy tower, then take turns pulling out blocks one by one until the whole stack crashes down. Is your hand steady enough to pull out the last block before the tower collapses?.
The race is on! Get to the treasure before the ogre by creating a path from START to END. As you venture down the path, collect three keys to open the treasure. Pick up the ogre snacks to try and distract the ogre. Win the game by getting to the treasure before the ogre. For 2 to 4 players. Promotes math-grid concepts, decision-making, teamwork, strategy, and cooperation.
We first heard of this game when my son’s class was playing a similar version of it in science class! Spice up your family game night with the Hedbanz Board Game, a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy. In a group of two to six players, you’ll draw an identity card for an animal, food, or common object but with one catch–everyone but you will see the card, displayed by the headband on your forehead. The goal is to deduce who or what you are by asking the players questions before the clock runs out.
Apples to Apples Junior is the game of hilarious comparisons! Based on the popular card and party game, Apples to Apples, this Junior version gives kids hilarious, fast-paced fun while also building their vocabulary and thinking skills. The 576 cards provide hours and hours of fun!
Get ready to have loads of fun playing this Elefun and Friends Crocodile Dentist kids game. Gather friends and family for fun and frenzy as players pretend they’re the crocodile “doctor” and check the teeth in the croc’s mouth. But don’t get “chomped!” He’ll let you know if someone pressed his sore tooth by playfully chomping down. Easily reset the game after each “chomp” by opening the crocodile’s mouth again. Be the only dentist not to get chomped to win
Bounce ’em in for the win! The Connect 4 Shots game is fast-paced, rapid-fire fun in a race to get 4 shots in a row! Countdown to start: 1-2-3 bounce! Two players bounce the lightweight, colorful balls into the grid at the same time.
Hoot Owl Hoot is the award-winning color-coded cooperative matching game with two play levels so it will grow with your child. Players work together to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up; if they are successful everyone wins. Children learn simple strategy and social development skills with no reading required
The classic game of Sequence made just 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. Exciting strategy game helps develop logical thinking skills
Join Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm on a Busytown adventure, racing around Busytown to search for hidden objects in this fun-filled collaborative. Richard Scarry’s classic world comes to life in the gigantic, colorful game-board. Drive through city streets, and activity-filled farm, a busy airport, and a bustling harbor full of boats. There’s so much to discover along the way
It’s the hilarious, active game that ties you up in knots! The Twister Ultimate floor mat is the largest Twister mat ever, with double the number of colored spots, so there’s plenty of room to play. The spinner will tell you on which spots to place your hands and feet, making you wind up in some pretty ridiculous positions. Enjoy classic Twister gameplay that you loved as a kid, and switch it up with the 2 special gameplay options that make the game even more outrageous and fun.
It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dogs—but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting down, and with the other players staring at you, waiting for you to get flustered? time’s not on your side, so just say what comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out as time twirls down on the unique twisted timer!
Is family game night an important part of your household? Give a gift to the whole family with these classic and new games! What’s on your family game night list?