One of the things I really want to do is have a family game night. My kids play games together sometimes and even more so when they have friends over, but we rarely play games as a family. And we own a lot of games. I cleared out some of the babyish games that we will never use again, but I kept some favorites. Many of our games are good for kids in the age range of 5-10, and some are great for even older. We are always looking for new favorites to add to our collection and I thought it would be fun to share the ones we already own, in case there are others interested. I know there are some here that everyone already has, but there are also some that you probably haven’t heard of yet! I have arranged them basically in order from the games that appeal to the youngest kids up to the oldest! Links may be affiliate links.
Possibly not available anymore. Ages 4+.
Our box broke so we keep the board and all the pieces in a bag. Simon still enjoys taking out the tracks and setting them up! The play factor is better than the game with its rules, but it is definitely cute.
It is so exciting that Amazon has the classic version of this game – it’s the one we have, from when I was little! This game is obviously a classic. I actually used to use it as a teaching device when I worked with kids – I used the pictures as examples of natural punishments – the kid who stood on a counter to reach a cookie jar fell down and got hurt; the kid who returned a lost purse got a reward as a thank you; etc.
Another classic version is available and we have my childhood version of this one too, although we also had a different version for awhile. This is definitely a great first board game for young kids, as it is easy to play, features wins and losses throughout, and makes you imagine a land of candy!
Age 4+. Contains small pieces.
We had this game when I was young too, but our version is newer. We keep the balls in a zip lock bag so they hopefully don’t fall out inside the game closet! This game is loud and silly and kids love it!
9. Zingo 1-2-3
This was a gift that has been played on and off by my kids and their friends. It is a bingo type matching game with one side of the boxes being objects you count and one side being addition problems. This makes it challenging for a range of ages.
10. Tea Party Game
11. Marco’s Polos
A quick color and pattern matching game which Simon loves!
12. Connect 4
This game can definitely be played by younger kids without the object of getting the colors in a row. They can just drop in the pieces to work on fine motor skills. My kids always ended up spreading the pieces all over the place though!
This game gives me a headache but my kids love it! We actually have a kids’ version with larger pieces and Simon has been playing it since he was 6; plus I know younger kids who can play it too. It’s a game that makes you think!
18. Cholent The Game
Another Jewish game. All the kids who have played this with my kids have really enjoyed it! The goal is to collect the ingredients you need to make cholent (stew) according to the recipe you are assigned.
I first played this with my nieces and nephews and it is one of the first games Dave and I owned after we got married. I think it is easier for adults to win by rearranging all the pieces in complicated ways, but kids can definitely play too!
After playing this at a friends’ house, the kids got it for Hanukkah. They played it enough to lose a piece, but then Zachary got the game as a birthday present, so we have a full set again! Balancing the pieces takes steady hands and the kids enjoy it!
Great way to help kids learn to spell or to play as an adult for a fun challenge! My mom and I play scrabble on the computer every day! I don’t have this version, but growing up we had one with spaces for each tile so they don’t move around – and it also had a board on a turn table that could rotate towards each player!
My kids have been playing Monopoly for years and I think they like it. I can’t stand it because it takes too long! For this problem, I recommend the Monopoly Deal Card Game!
23. The Game of Life
Another classic favorite of mine! I received The Game of Life as an engagement present, which I think is such a cute idea. The kids like to play this too but they got in trouble for leaving the pieces all over the basement and they lost the privilege to play it for awhile! They did eventually earn it back though!
26. Draw Something
27. Code Master
29. Apples to Apples
Age 12+ (Or get the Junior version for age 9+).
This is a definite family game night game! The Junior version features easier to understand words and less cultural references that kids may not understand. We have both versions!
30. Catch Phrase
While looking up these games, I kept seeing others that we don’t have! Even though our collection is large, we are obviously missing some important ones – so tell me which ones you think we need!