As a family we love to play board games, especially at Christmas time. We try to play them at the weekend throughout the year too, but sometimes other commitments get in the way. But Christmas? It’s game on.
The kids absolutely love it – and so do we. It means they are not in front of a screen, and we are spending some quality family time together. Many of the top family board games can be educational too and are created in such a fun way that the children are learning through play; the perfect combination.
Our games cupboard is full to bursting point with all the different types we have collected over the years, from the handed down and now slightly battered Monopoly, to the more recent favourites such as the Cube.
Our Favourite Family Board Games
We have so many favourite board games this was a tough one to narrow down. We thought we would start with a simple table to help show which kinds were suitable for different age groups and interests. Following on from that is our mini review of each one, if you want a more in depth review from us, you can click on the link within each board game section for more.
We recently bought this game for our son’s 9th birthday after he had raved about playing it at a friend’s house. I have always loved the TV show so must say I was quite excited to have an excuse to buy it for him! It is a really easy game to play right out of the box. Batteries are included in the rather loud buzzer section – so all there is to do is unwrap the playing cards from their cellophane play can begin.
Ok, so technically not a board game, but we had to break the rules and include Bananagrams in our recommendations. We absolutely love, love, love the game. We first bought it for our eldest son when he was about 7 years old, and we have played it relentlessly ever since (he is now 11!) It is of course very educational and a brilliant game to take away on holiday. We sometimes go on teams or go it alone. This is seriously an hours of fun kind of game – perfect for Scrabble lovers too.
This was bought for my husband a couple of Christmas’s ago as a present. It took us a while to decide to play it as I wasn’t sure if the kids would really enjoy it. When we did dive in and play a game – we absolutely loved it, and so did the children! I think playing with big money and recognising some of the brands and items within the game helped to add to the fun factor. By the end of our first game we had some budding, if somewhat ruthless, entrepreneurs!
It is recommended for ages 8 and above but our 6 year old soon got the hang of it and I think was our first billionaire!
Who done it? A classic that I used to love playing from my own childhood. There are a few variations of this game now, I’ve played the London version (the locations are London landmarks) but personally I prefer the classic game, although I wish they hadn’t changed the names of the rooms – the drawing room is now the living room and the billiards room is now the games room – but maybe that’s just my own nostalgia kicking in! It is still a good game and one my children enjoy.
You can’t go wrong with this classic. I think every family at some point has had the Monopoly argument at Christmas time! We all love playing this game but we do have to set a few ground rules for no tantrums if you don’t get Park Lane or Mayfair (and that’s just the adults!) It is a great game that everyone can get stuck in to – just make sure you either allow enough time to play it, or have a place where you can leave it and come back to it, it is a long game.
You no doubt remember Yahtzee from your own childhood – the classic game is not just based on luck (although it does help!) It also requires a certain amount of skill and risk.
Yahtzee is great for children and adults, it can be played in about half an hour and can be full of excitement.