2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Best Games for Kids
Isn’t this game adorable? It’s also a learning game! Kids must pack the right clothes for where they’re traveling. What will they wear to the beach? Don’t forget to pack a bathing suit!
Because guessing games rock! Ask questions and use deductive reasoning to guess which character your opponent has. Cute flip-over windows and 16 illustrated animal characters. Is it wearing glasses? Hmmm…
Kids work together in this cooperative, memory game to get the animals back to the barn…before Mr. Wolf arrives. Watch out!
Get those brains working to problem solve and imagine! Collaborate with the other players to get by the scary lion and the other obstacles. Will offer the lion a cookie? Fly over him? How will you solve all these obstacle challenges?
My kids think this is adorable (because squirrels!) but it’s also a super fun logic game. Plus, it’s portable and kids can play it by themselves. When playing, they’ll be developing both problem solving and spatial skills. The book gives puzzle starters in 4 levels of difficulty from “starter” to “wizard” with an answer key in the back. (Which is helpful!) Place the pieces on the puzzle board to get started. The goal is to get the acorns into the holes. It’s trickier than you’d think!
Ready for a new Blue Orange game with awesome wooden sushi pieces meant for two or four players? Pick a card then race to build a matching stack using the pieces of sushi, soy sauce, and mat. My daughter and I often play this before bedtime and love it. We like that it takes about 10 – 15 minutes and makes us laugh. Mostly at how badly I lose. Alternatively, you can play in teams of two. One person wears a blindfold and their partner communicates how to build the stack correctly to them. Isn’t this great for practicing clear communication? (MY REVIEW HERE.)
We’re big fans of Gamewright games like Rat-a-Tat-Cat and Sleeping Queens so I was thrilled to see this newest card game with charming raccoon characters tipping over trash cans and racing to amass the most points. You’re going to love this!
This game combines science and strategy. Players carefully plan where to plant trees which will go through the seeds to full grown cycle then are cut to be scored. You’ll get points for leaves collecting the sun’s energy so strategy includes planting where there is shade so be aware of other player’s trees and the sun’s rotation and try to get to the center of the board where the soil is most fertile. To win, you’ll have to block other players as well as make purposeful planting decisions. A truely beautiful design.
If your younger Harry Potter fans are looking for a new game, this simple, action game might be a good start. To win, collect clues to find missing magical creatures.
Great for the whole family — everyone starts out with letter cards. The goal is to get rid of them. Use the letters on your cards to answer the prompt on the clue cards. Those cards say things like: “It’s a country” or “Something you don’t own” or “It’s a jewel or gem”. Be the first to answer correctly using a letter on your card and you’ll get rid of it.
Long Cow “an Udderly Ridiculous Card Game” is another clever Gamewright game whose goal is to make the most cows in a herd. You can get extra points for having the longest cow, go figure. And use wildcards to build hybrid cows. You’ll either love or hate the “moo” sound that 3rd place gets — it’s silly! Fantastic artwork.
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