Looking for Christmas gift ideas 2015? My 2015 holiday gift guide has gifts ideas for kids that are both fun and educational! Today I want to share the best, new educational games for kids that will also make great family game night choices. Enjoy!
UPDATE: 2016 Gift Guide for Kids
Game Gifts for Preschoolers
1. The Three Little Piggies ages 3+
Smart Little Piggies is a perfect brain game for young children. It features 3 big puzzle pieces that are easy to hold, and kids will be intrigued by the way the pigs fit inside the houses and look through the windows. The game includes a story book with images and booklet with 48 challenges (24 with the wolf and 24 without).
2. Koala Capers ages 3+
Build pattern recognition and observation skills by helping the Koala family find a few outfits. But watch out for the underwear! Take turns rolling 2 jumbo dice and searching the cards for a pattern match. Collect 5 outfits first to win.
3. Trucks and A Bus Matching Game ages 3+
Match trucks from Frankie’s Fish to Rocky’s Ice Cream, and of course, the Quacky Ducks school bus. 12 total shaped pairs for match and play!
4. Dash Hounds ages 4+
Race your dogs as they grow longer and longer! Be the first to cross the finish line with your tail and win.
5. Don’t Be Greedy ages 4+
Use your wits to fill your treasure chest in this strategy game of risk, riches, and rewards. Players must decide when to keep taking jewels and when to stop pressing their luck–get caught being greedy and you’ll lose the jewels you’ve collected during your turn. Collect the most jewels to win!
Games for Kids Ages 5 – 8 Years Old
1. Cup-A-Cup ages 6+
It’s a race to catch the cups! Roll the dice, quickly identify the missing colored shape. then swipe the matching cup off the table. First to collect three cups wins.
2. Super Tooth ages 6+
Race to capture sets of matching dinosaurs. The bigger the set, the bigger your reward. Watch out for Velociraptors, volcanos, or even the dreaded T. Rex! Collect the most sets to win.
3. Bugs in the Kitchen ages 6+
There’s a bug in the kitchen — your HEXBUG nano. Trap the bug by rolling the die and moving the maze walls. Fast-paced and fun!
4. Outfoxed! ages 5+
Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie has gone missing, and now it’s a chicken chase to crack the case! In Move around the board to gather clues, then use the evidence scanner to rule out suspects. Work together quickly because the guilty fox is high-tailing it towards the exit.
5. Bellz ages 6+
Use the magnet wand to pick up bells of only one color. Make a string off the end of the magnet wand, or create a cluster – just don’t pick up bells of any other color or the turn is over and any bells collected on that turn are returned to the game arena. The first player to collect all 10 bells of one color wins!
6. Guess the Mess! ages 8+
My review of Guess the Mess!
You have 30 seconds to look through photos and grab the ones that best describe your secret location. When time’s up, everyone’s pile of photos are passed around and players must guess the location of the mess that’s in front of them. Lots of deductive reasoning fun!
7. Ring It! ages 5+
Race to ring the bell first when a winning combination is shown on the table. Each round, players add new actions to perform before ringing the bell, which leads to all sorts of silly sounds and gestures.
8. Draw 4 Dig for Dinos ages 5+
Draw 4 of the same type so they can be assembled back into complete dinosaurs for your exhibit.
9. Bounce-Off ages 6+
MY REVIEW HERE
Race to recreate the pattern on the challenge card by bouncing balls into the grid. The first color to complete the pattern wins the card. Earn 3 cards to win the game. We LOVE this game!!
10. Thumbs Up! ages 6+
Be the first to stack different colored rings on your thumb, based on the order shown on a challenge card. This is not as easy as you think! The challenge cards will require each player to focus on the order of numbers and match their colors.
Games for Kids 8 – 13 Years Old
1. Read My List! Game ages 10+
Listen to a list and remember what you heard in this think-quick game of categories and lists!
2. Strike a Pose ages 10+
A freeze-frame party game. You’re the Statue Collector and it’s your job to figure out who OR what the other players are posing as.
3. Dragonwood ages 8+
Collect sets of adventurer cards to earn dice, which you will use to roll against your foes. Stomp on some fire ants, shriek at a grumpy troll, or strike the menacing orange dragon with a magical silver sword. Choose your strategy carefully because the landscape of Dragonwood is ever-changing. Only the bravest will overcome the odds to emerge victorious! It may be hard to imagine, but Dragonwood, with its vast array of richly illustrated cards, started out looking much different than where it ended.
4. Trivial Pursuit World of Harry Potter ages 8+
600 questions based on the Harry Potter movies. First player to answer 12 questions correctly wins the game.
5. Bella’s Mystery Deck ages 8+
50 mystery cards with illustrations and fascinating characters to keep kids engaged as they test their powers of deduction and hone reading skills.
6. Flash and Thunder ages 8+
You play in the true story of a Native American paratrooper on D-Day, Turner Turnbull, a young lieutenant in the 82nd Airborne and make the decisions he faced on D-Day. The game comes with an 108-page graphic novel and collectible paratrooper figure, which tie to a free-to-play mobile game. Game includes: 15 card Operations Packet, 2 detailed maps, 108-page graphic novel.
7. Ubongo ages 8+
A fast-paced, addictive, and easy-to-learn geometric puzzle game in which players race against the timer and against each other to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes.
8. Rhyme Out ages 10+
Don’t be fooled by the title — this is not a game for beginning readers! Listen to three consecutive clues and be the first to respond with 3 correct answers—that rhyme—to win this triple-rhyming word game. It’s a bit of a challenge and will make you think — FAST.
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