We love to play board games.
My kids have all the latest and greatest in electronic devices. It is hard to pry the kids away from their iPads sometimes, but fortunately they are always up for playing old-school games. While we like the problem-solving aspect of many of their video games, we don’t like them staring at the TV or iPod screen for too long.
Games have gotten more fun as my kids have gotten older. No longer is Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders the go-to choice. We’ve moved on to some older kid games that are enjoyable for the parents as well. While my oldest son has the patience to play a lot of games, my youngest does not. So we need to find games that we can all play.
Here are five of our favorites:
Apples to Apples. It’s a simple game that gives the kids a lot of control. In theory it’s a matching game, but the kids get to judge for themselves which cards best fit each other. While the cards might not be a perfect fit, the judge can pick the winner based on being the funniest or most interesting.
Connect Four. Since my kids have been playing tic-tac-toe, this game been a staple in our house. What I love about it is that the kids can employ a strategy to try to win. I love seeing the wheels turn in their heads, and while I can usually figure out what they are trying to do, more often than not I get blindsided and they end up winning.
Jenga. It teaches our kids patience. You can just dig into the stack of wood and move the first one. You have to really think about what you are doing or the whole thing is going to tip over. Lately it’s been me that ends up knocking it all down.
Dominoes. What I really love about dominoes is, that depending how you play, you can really work on your math skills. The more directions that the dominoes get laid down, the higher the kids have to count. Worst case with this game is that you line up all the dominoes on their ends and knock them all down. Sometimes that can be more fun.
Trivial Pursuit. I have been playing Trivial Pursuit for years. Never before have my kids been able to play it until we recently bought the Family Edition. There are cards that the kids get to answer and cards that the adults have to answer, so nobody has a clear advantage. It’s been really good at teaching my kids things they might not have known. It also shows my wife and I how much they do know and how little we know. It can be quite humbling getting beaten in a trivia game by a six-year-old.
What are some of your favorite board games to play with your kids?