Spending time together is one of the most important things for a family. That’s why a family game night has been around for years. You and your family choose one night a week to just be together, talk, snack and play games. What better way to spend the evening than beating your dad in The Game of Life. Having a stack of board games to choose from is a great idea, but there are so many games out there to choose from. To help you out I have compiled this list of the best board games for a family game night!
Candyland – This board game is a great game for the family who has young children. Candyland is for ages three to six but is still a favorite of many adults. This board game is for two to four players. The object of the game is to be the first person to get their colorful gingerbread man around the board and reach the Candy Castle first. There is no reading required so this game is great for young children.
Chutes and Ladders – This board game is another great game for a family with young children. There is no reading required but there are a few small game pieces that coul pose a choking hazard for very young children. Chutes and Ladders is a board game for ages three to ten years old and require two to four players. The object of this board game is to be the first person to the top of the board without getting slide back down to the bottom by a chute. Go up the ladders and slide back down the chutes!
Don’t Break the Ice – This great game has been around for over thirty years! Don’t Break the Ice is for ages three to six and for two or more players. The object of this game are to slowly break out pieces of “ice” without causing the polar bear to fall through the ice. This game is fun for the little kids who like to bang on things with hammers.
Crocodile Dentist – This game is a thrilling game for young children. For the Crocodile Dentist each player must take turns being the dentist. Each dentist must choose a tooth in the crocodile’s mouth to “work on”. Each person will push down on the tooth that they have chosen. If you have chosen the crocodile’s bad tooth then he will chomp down and you are out of the game. The object of the game is to be the person who does not get chomped. This game is for ages four and up and requires two to four players.
Ants in the Pants – Here is another game that has been around for over thirty years. It’s a popular game with preschoolers. For this game you push down on the ants to make them jump into the pants. Ther person to get their ants into the pants is the winner. This game is for ages three to six and for two to four players.
Yahtzee Jr – This is a great board game to help your children develop their counting skills. This game is for ages five and up and require two to four players and it only takes about thirty minutes to play.
Popomatic Trouble – Trouble is another classic family board game. This one adds a little spice to it by putting the dice into a neat little popping dice roller. The object of this board game is to the be the first player to move their pawn around the board and make it to home base. Trouble is for ages five and up and require two to four players.
Operation – This board game is a silly game of skill. Each player is a doctor who must operate on a patient with a lot of weird problems. Each player must take turns removing problems without causing the buzzer to sound. Operations is for ages six and up, needs two or more players and requires two “AA” batteries. Be warned that this board game has a lot of small pieces that would pose a choking hazard to very small children.
Sorry – Sorry is a classic board game that has been around for sixty years. Each player draws a card to see how many places their pawn gets to move. You get to slide, switch places with other players and even send other players back to start. The object of the game is to be the first person to get all four of your colored pawns around the board and into your home. Sorry is a fun game for the whole family. It is a board game for ages six and up and requires two to four players.
Clue – This is another classic board game for the whole family. Clue has been around for more than fifty years and still has a growing popularity with families. The object of this game to the be the first person to solve the mystery of who killed whom, with what weapon and in what room of the Clue mansion. This board game is for ages eight and up and requires three to six players.
Clue Jr – If your children are a little young for the regular game of Clue then Clue Jr is the right board game for you. With Clue Jr you and your children will move around the board trying to solve the mystery of which pet hid what toy and where. This board can help your child to improve their memory and deductive reasoning skills. Clue Jr is for ages five to eight.
UNO – UNO isn’t a board game but it is a great game for a family game night. UNO is for ages seven and up and requires two or more players. To play UNO you will play each card from your hand into the discard pile by matching the card’s color, number or words. When you get down to one card you must yell “UNO!”. If you don’t and someone catches you then you will be forced to collect more cards. Be the first person to get rid of all of your cards and you are the winner! If this card game is a little too much for your young children there some UNO card games available for younger children also.
The Game of Life – This is another classic board game that has been around for over thirty years. In this board game each player will spin the wheel and go around the board doing things that happen in everyday life like getting a job, getting married, having children, make some money, etc. The Game of Life is for ages nine and up and requires two to six players. Enjoy your life!
These are only a handful of the board games available on the market that you and your family could enjoy for a family game night. Spending time together as a family and enjoying your time together can be a rewarding experience for everyone involved. It doesn’t cost a lot to have a family fun night either. As a matter of fact, all of these great family games average under $10 each. Choose a night, pop some popcorn and set up the game boards. You and your children will remember these nights forever.