With a new baby, we've been spending more time than ever at home...something that I'm not naturally good at. As such, we've pulled out some of our favorite games and it's not uncommon to find us gathered around the kitchen table or spread out on the floor playing together. Add a few easy snacks -- my go-tos are freshly popped popcorn & apples, along with some chocolate something or other (these were chocolate covered almonds) -- and you've got yourself a game night. It's my kids most requested activity for family night & pretty easy on me, so we're calling this a major win.
Generally speaking, I wouldn't classify myself as a big 'gamer' -- in fact, I find most card/board games don't hold my attention for too long. Never one to give up though, I've found a few games that we all really love & I'd love to know which games your family loves. Each year I like to include a game or two under the tree, so please, let me know in the comments what you love!
We're to the point where almost all of my kids can read, but it still can't be too involved or complicated. These 6 fit the bill just right.
1. Watch Ya Mouth -- Not only does everyone look absolutely ridiculous playing this game, the phrases they have you say are equally funny. What grade-schooler isn't going to laugh when trying to say, "Porcupine pooper scooper?" No matter how you slice it, this game gets everyone laughing...and spitting a bit too.
2. Blokus -- If you loved Tetris on your Gameboy as a kid, you'll love this game. It's great for spatial awareness & my 5-year-old has been playing it unassisted for over a year. You can play nice, or you can play strategic, working to block people -- you can guess which way I tend to play.
3. Wig Out -- My sister introduced me to this game & it's fun every time. A cross between matching and go-fish, except fast paced. My kids have nick-names for every character and it gets pretty loud every time we play.
4. Ticket to Ride -- This one is a little more complicated but Max does great teaming up with an adult and my older two are great on their own. Full of strategy I like that this game makes my kids think more long term. This is by far a family favorite...even with the price tag.
5. Sleeping Queens -- Again, my sister found this one & we don't have it yet, but my kids were playing it all summer long with her kids. Someone will find this in their stocking I'm sure. It's similar to Wig Out where you can play a game in 5-10 minutes & you don't mind re-shuffling and playing again and again.
6. Yeti in my Spaghetti -- My youngest picked this game out with some birthday money & it's another fun one. Similar to pick up stix but with the added measure of not letting the Yeti drop. I'm not sure why that added element makes it so much more fun, perhaps it's that we're all fairly competitive, we like to get it as close to possible to falling on our turn, hoping it falls for the next person.
Hi, I'm Amy. When I'm not scouring the valley for the perfect new house, you can usually find me in the kitchen with a gaggle of kids. Chips, salsa and a Diet Coke are usually in hand.