If you’re like us, you love to find new games to play as a family. Here are a few new ideas.
FUN!!! Meet the BrainBox where everyone shows what they can remember. Turn over a card, turn over the timer, and then memorize the card. Can you answer all of the questions about the card after only 15 seconds of looking at it? If you can, you win. Excellent memory building and subject recognition game for young children. Great for travel and home and at school play.
Our family really loves this game – and the messages it teaches!
Created by the authors of the best-selling 7 Habits series, 7 Habits of Happy Kids is a playful way to introduce, practice, and promote 7 kid-friendly principles of personal happiness. Work your way around the board as a family, reading anecdotes together, sharing thoughtful, personal responses, and really listening to each other. It’s playtime that lasts a lifetime! For 2 – 7 players.
Geocaching is an outdoor treasure hunt using GPS. A geocache is a small container holding a logbook and trinket stashed in outdoor places, such as a under a bush, park bench or inside a log. Geocache coordinates are posted on geocaching.com; seekers use a GPS unit to find them. (Note: geocaches are never buried.) With this starter kit, your family can go geocaching right away. It provides everything you need–including a Geocache Jr. GPS unit made by Apisphere. The unit is preloaded with 250,000 geocache locations all over the U.S.
Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts, the difficulty changes and the incredible midair sculpture transforms. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? This tricky game for 1-4 players is a test of steady nerves and steady hands.
Award-winning artist Saxton Freymann photographed familiar objects in such a way that they look like body parts—hair, eyes, noses, and mouths—that kids can then arrange into countless funny faces. Set includes 160 colorful double-sided cards.
This game is a HIT in our house! It’s great for lazy afternoons, road trips, and long waits.
Imagine if you told the stories and then wrote them down!
Simply draw two yellow cards to reveal who your tale’s characters will be. Maybe she’s a couch potato who can talk to cows, or he’s a sea captain who only knows three words. Then the blue cards provide the situations that put your tale into motion. The included booklet contains instructions, games and prompts, and soon you’ll be off exploring the reaches of your imagination.
I received this product complimentary from Uncommon Goods but that in no way influenced my endorsement. I just love it!
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Players take turns evenly stacking cannon balls, kegs and treasure chests onto the wooden deck of this pirate ship as it rocks and sways. Tip the ship, and you’re sunk! Includes one boat with flag, 25 cargo pieces and 1 die.
If you like Sudoku, you’ll love this! We are totally addicted — it’s fantastic for logical thinking, too. A colorful spin on Japanese logic puzzles, this wooden board uses wooden marbles in nine great colors instead of numbers to solve each game.
Start the game by placing the marbles on the board as shown by one of the 104 puzzle cards. Solve the puzzle by placing one (and only one!) of each color marble in each of the nine rows, columns, and three-by-three squares. Strategy is the name of the game.
UnCommon Goods sent me a review copy of Colorku. This in no way affected my opinion of the game. We love it!
120 inspiring images. Cards featuring iconic characters like wizards and princesses, settings like a castle and forest, and fantastic creatures such as unicorns and dragons, will guide players through their own unique tale. To tell a new personalized bedtime story each night, parents can improvise a tale based on 10 cards selected by the child. No matter how you play it, the wonderful illustrations and library of images will whisk you away to another time and place in just a few words. There are four different ways to play Tell Tale Fairy Tales.
The shrimp may share any of 4 traits: color, origin, quantity and size. Be the first to find a match and squeeze the starfish to haul in your catch.
The Blunders family needs to learn better manners. Pick a Blunder character and play this hilarious (but educational) game to learn your manners. Be the first Blunder kid to get to the Mannerlys’ Annual Pool Party Extravaganza to win the game.
We love this game so much that we sometimes read the cards just for fun!
Take a trek around the world or under the sea with these vibrant, eco-friendly puzzles that are printed with non-toxic soy-based ink and contain 90% recycled paper. They come in a sturdy storage canister with rope handle. 63 colorful pieces
I was happy to find out that my kids knew their MyPlate categories and could plan out a healthy meal. Now, they did complain that about the lack of desserts cut from the old Food Pyramid. How about yours?
This fun, healthy game follows the USDA’s MyPlate guidelines. Food cards with real-life photos are self-checking (backs match food groups)
Includes Activity Guide, 50 food cards, spinner and 4 placemats measuring. For 2–4 players.
You’ll have so much fun learning to rhyme and match word families with POP!
Pull out a popcorn piece and create a word with that ending. A POP kernel means all your pieces go back! Start with 2-letter endings, then move up to 3-letter endings and rhyming practice Includes 92 blend cards, 8 POP cards, spinner and guide (printed on box) For 2–4 players
A clever card game that casts you in an epic contest to build the mightiest Gub colony. Seek wisdom from The Esteemed Elder or protection from a Toad Rider as you fend off a myriad of traps, lures and other surprising events. For 2 to 6 players. Playing time about 20 minutes. Includes 70 cards and rules of play.
Any favorites on this list?
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