I LOVE playing games, and I think I might be a bit addicted to buying games that I can play with my boys. Games can be a great tool for learning, and they make great ideas for Christmas and birthday gifts, too! We love to play games as a family, and I particularly enjoy playing games with my oldest during my toddler’s nap time.
Here are a list of 7 games we have and love around our home, plus 10 more that are on my Amazon wishlist for Christmas! (A couple more of our favorites are listed in this post: “My Favorite Toys for Boys 5 & Under.”)
7 Games We Love
You guessed it! Zingo! is like Bingo but for kids! You can buy different versions based on your child’s age. Some options include sight words, numbers, and pictures.
Okay, this is a classic; but my boys have loved playing it over and over since Grandma gave them a Spiderman set last year for Christmas. We play with our cards face-up when my 3-year-old plays.
This game is never the same twice. It is great for matching and planning ahead. (Suggested Ages: 5-12.)
#4 Guess Who?
Yes, I remember this game when it first came out. I found this version for $1 at a garage sale this summer! We LOVE it! My 3-year-old can play with a bit of help. My boys attempt to play alone but sometimes need a bit of help. This version has six different cards you can choose from. My boys happen to love the animal card and the monster card. (Suggested Ages: 8-12. [My oldest was 5 when I bought this and he could play it just fine.])
#5 Catan Junior
My hubby is a huge fan of the strategy game Settlers of Catan. I had been eyeing the junior version for a while for my 6-year-old. One day I just happened to look at the games in Target and saw it on clearance, so I grabbed it to save for a gift for him. We all enjoy playing this version (except my 3-year-old), and it is perfect for some one-on-one time my oldest. (Suggested Ages: 6-10.)
All four of us love playing this game. The directions have several different variations you can play. I love it when my 3-year-old “spots it” before us! (Suggested Ages: 4-15. [My 3-year-old can play with minimal help/coaching.])
This game is a similar concept the Rivers, Roads, & Rails but more basic and better for younger children. We played this at a friend’s home and had a lot of fun. Great game to help reinforce colors. (Suggested Ages: 3-15 years.)
- Qwirkle – (Ages: 6 & up)
- Zoologic – (Ages: 5-15)
- Camelot Jr. – (Ages: 4-9)
- IQ Twist – Great for independent play. (Ages: 6-8)
- Hide and Seek Pirates – Single-player logic game. (Ages: 5 & up)
- Farming Games Kids – (Ages: 3-8)
- Richard Scarry’s Busytown – One of a few different games based on Richard Scarry’s characters. (Ages: 3-8)
- Hoot Owl Hoot! – This is a cooperative game. According to the description on Amazon, “Players work together to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up.” (Ages: 4 & up)
- Ruckus Family Edition – (Ages: 8 & up)
- Pix Mix! – A friend told me about this game. She said younger children can play because the game doesn’t require reading skills. (Ages: 8 & up)
I could go on, but I think I better stop! (Thanks to Amazon’s “customers who bought this item also bought…” feature, I just added several more items to my wishlist….)