Giving games and puzzles as gifts a time honored tradition in our family. Each year I look for new games that my kids and your kids will love to play — usually with an educational or learning angle. Here’s your Games and Puzzles Holiday Gift Guide for Kids 2016!
See last year’s Games and Puzzles Gift Guide here.
Games & Puzzles Holiday Gifts for Kids 2016
Mudpuppy Cats Meow Color-in Puzzle ages 3+
Color in your own 24 piece cat puzzle with 5 nontoxic crayons included.
Cheese Stack ages 3+
Help Pip and Squeak collect the cheese in one of the three games: Cheese Stack, Oops-a-Cheesy, and Arch Rivals. Kids won’t even notice they’re practicing hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and cooperation. Read my full review here.
Feed the Woozle ages 3 – 6
Build fine motor skills and cooperation as you work with other players to feed the hungry big-mouth Woozle 12 silly snacks from the spoon before they run out.
Skinny Leg Toss ages 3+
Toss the silly spiders onto the web and see how many you can get to stay.
Stack Up! ages 3+
Learn color matching and practice eye-hand coordination. Work with other players to stack 12 blocks before the Block Smasher arrives and topples the tower.
Silly Street ages 4+
Award winning game that includes many types of play: dramatic, communication, creative, interpretive, competitive, teamwork.
Yeti in My Spaghetti ages 4+
What a blast! Start out with the noodles across the top of the bowl with the Yeti on top. Players take turns removing the noodles one-by-one without letting Yeti fall. If it falls, you’re out.
Balance Beans ages 5+
We think this game is AWESOME. It’s a one player game that gets us to balance the seesaw, learning physics and logic at the same time.
Memory Palace ages 5+
This is a fun storytelling game that builds memory and imagination. Each time you pick one of animal tokens, use your imagination to make up a silly story, and put the token in one of the palace rooms. After everyone has gone, one person tests his or her memory — try to remember the animal and the story in each room.
Mudpuppy Fairies Glow in the Dark Puzzle ages 5+
100 piece puzzle that GLOWS IN THE DARK!! Also check out: Rainforest Glow in the Dark puzzle.
Brain Freeze ages 5+
This is an award-winning logic and deduction cooperative game for kids that’s similar to Guess Who? and Mastermind.
Monkeys Up ages 6+
1 – 6 players compete to get the best score by flipping, switching, and stealing monkeys. Each monkey has a value hidden under its feet that is only revealed when flipped. The player who switches, steals, and flips the best will win.
Rhino Hero ages 5+
Stack the cards to help Rhino Hero build the tallest tower.
Happy Salmon ages 6+
We LOVE this game — it’s our new family favorite!! Players call out the the actions shown on the card (such as high-five or pound it) and if two players match with each other, you both do the action and discard the cards. First one out of cards WINS. It’s LOUD and HILARIOUS. Read my review here.
Fastrack ages 6+
Get ready for action! Two players shoot all 10 discs through the tiny slot to the opposite side to win while developing fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination.
Hundreds of Horses ages 6+
Mix and match 100 horses in the stables with creative stories, individual personality traits and awards. Round-up four beautifully photographed horse cards and read a colorful description of each horse. Then, each player secretly votes which horse best suits that story.
Hyper Toss ages 6+
Try to catch the ball in the different colored cups — four game modes — for fun and active skills.
Top That! ages 6+
Race to stack and hide the props: a hat, rabbit, tube, and coin in this total blast of a game. Love the props and the fast pace hand-eye visual perception practice. Read my full review here.
Invent Board Game by Creativity For Kids ages 8+
Draw inspiration from 220+ pieces of cool game components such as game board, sand timer, spinner, die, markers, stencils and stickers and INVENT a new family game night classic! How cool is that!?
Dr. Eureka! ages 8+
My kids (and husband) like this game so much. To play, turn over one of the challenge cards. Try to solve the formula in one of your 3 test tubes using the 6 colored balls. Move the molecule balls form tube to tube without touching them. The first one done wins the card; the first person to get five cards wins. Read my full review here.
Mad Libs The Game ages 10+
We play this game frequently — it’s fun and funny! Use your word cards to fill in the blanks on the Sentence Card. Players vote for the silliest sentence.
Slapzi ages 8+
This is a fast-paced, strategic matching game with 120 Picture Cards & 65 Clue Cards and lots of SLAMing down the cards and yell, “Slapzi”.
Imhotep ages 10+
Take on the roles of ancient Egyptian architects and transport stone blocks on ships from your quarry to different construction sites — requires strategy and planning.
Crazy Letters by Mindware ages 10+
Figure out the jumbled word written backwards, upside down, or topsy turvy and shout out the word — win the card if you’re right.
Codenames ages 14+
This is an exciting word game (think Password) for 2 – 8 players, even better with 4 – 8 players. The gist: two rival spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents. Their teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first.
What do you think? SO many great game gift options, right?!
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