Today was the official start of our 8-week Board Game Challenge! Who else wants in? I have some friends participating over on our Facebook page. Comment there or here and let us know what games you’ve been enjoying. Bonus points for photos and game ratings!
Our Original Board Game Challenge
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Day 1: Monday January 5, 2015
Quirkle (2-4 players, recommended for ages 6 and up)
Day 2: Tuesday January 6, 2014
Sight Word Zingo! (2-6 players, recommended for preschoolers through second grade)
Sight Word Zingo! is a twist on the classic version, with 72 of the most common sight words in lieu of the standard words/images. If you aren’t familiar with the original Zingo!, it’s essentially a modern Bingo that sneaks in vocabulary development. Genius! Our sweet T is an early reader and so this game is absolutely perfect for her. Typically, Seuss plays with us as well and he’s already recognizing some words as a result. Today, however, he opted to snooze which is just fine with us because he was crabby today!
Fairytale Spinner Game by eeBoo (2-4 players, recommended age 5+)
Our friend, Santa Kate, gave us this game and a couple of packs of Tell Me a Story Cards for Christmas and we have played it every couple of days since then. Are you guys familiar with the Tell Me a Story cards? This game is from that amazing company. The Fairytale Spinner Game’s illustrations are gorgeous, just like the Tell Me a Story cards.
This game rocks. And I’m not the only guy who thinks so, as it won the Oppenheimer Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Best Toy Award. I could go on and on about how awesome this game is, folks. Basically, the goal of the game is to create your own story (much like the Tell Me a Story cards), but in order to do so you have to take turns spinning and collecting story elements (place, hero, rival, transportation, treasure, magical helper, and magical object). The first person who collects one of each element gets to tell a storyThis is a wonderful family game that encourages imagination, story-telling, sequencing, and fun. It’s a perfect board game for book lovers! I love when Seuss wins the game because he usually morphs into an imaginary creature and then uses the remaining characters as puppets and puts on a show for the entire family!
Day 3: Wednesday January 7, 2015
Today was a lousy day. In fact, it was our worst day of homeschooling to date. Thankfully, some game playing in the afternoon made up for the fact that the morning was miserable. Because we accomplished very little in the way of homeschooling earlier in the day, I strategically picked two math-related games and we ended up having a blast. Little did Leo know that he did, in fact, do math today.
Sumoku (2-5 players, recommended ages 9 – adult)
Sumoku is like a mathy Bananagrams, folks. It is a crossword-style math game. For each game, you roll a die and the number that you roll (either a 3, 4, or 5) is the “key number” for the game. Players take turns placing single rows, in a crossword-style, of tiles that add up to a multiple of that key number.
The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Again, much like Bananagrams, Sumoku comes in a playful little pouch that travels easily.
Countdown (2-4 players, recommended ages 6 years and older)
We received this game as a gift from my awesome homeschoolin’ mentor. The version we have is made for two players, however, they have since updated the game for 2-4 players. For Countdown, players take turns rolling the dice and then convert the two numbers rolled into one number using either addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division. The goal is to flip up each of the ten keys (representing the numbers 1-10) on your side of the board. The first player to flip up all of his or her keys wins the game.
When we first started playing this game over the summer, we would use addition and subtraction only but as Leo improved his math skills, we added multiplication and division.
Simon: Who could forget this old classic? Leo loves it as much as I did as a kid!
Day 4: Thursday January 8, 2015
Today, I lost the game vote so I will be the first to tell you that these two games are not my favorites. I, admittedly, have some sensory sensitivities of my own and any toys that make noise drive me crazy. I can’t tolerate it for long but we are under a cold snap here and when it’s in the single digits and your kids are climbing the walls and want to play a game that requires some physical movement? You just go with it, folks.
Bop It (Any number of players, recommended ages 8 and up)
Bop It can be played solo, with a partner, or even as a party game. Basically, it’s an electronic Simon-says. The game gives you orders and you have to follow them correctly and quickly and it gets more challenging as you get better at it. My kids think this game is hysterical and it is very goofy to watch them play. Personally, I would rather play a board game but I lost the vote today.
Diggin Wobble Deck (One person, recommended ages 5-8 years)
This is another electronic game that tests your speed and reflexes. Basically, Wobble Deck is a balance board that gives you commands to follow (“Red! Yellow!”). It’s also sort of a Simon-says.
Day 5: Friday January 9, 2015
Operation (1 or more players, recommended ages 4 and up)
Today, we played an old classic: Operation!
Day 6: Saturday January 10, 2015
Katamino (1-2 players, recommended age 7 and up)
Folks, I am headed out to a MNO with my village so I have to be quick. I will expand upon this later, but today we played an amazing and gorgeous game that my brother and sister-in-law gave us for Christmas. The game is called Katamino. It has won a number of awards, it can be played solo or with a friend, and there are many different levels so you can continue to be challenged by the game as you grow. Plus, the game is striking. You want to leave it out on your coffee table. I would, except I’m afraid we’d lose pieces.
Day 7: Sunday January 11, 2015
Pairsinpears (2-4 players, ages 7-up)
This afternoon, Schizz and I played Pairsinpears with our youngest two poppies (5 & 3 years of age). We modify this game for littles. We pick up random tiles and say the letter, the sound, and a word that begins with the letter. Then, we discard the letter tiles into a pile and if we get a double, we match letters. Sometimes we use them to spell words. There are several versions of this game that you can play as the kids age. Like Bananagrams, it travels easily and can be played virtually anywhere.
eeBoo Life on Earth Classic Memory Game (2 or more players, recommended ages 5 and up)
Folks, I love this version of Memory. I had an old Memory game that I had picked up for a dollar years ago. It’s now battered, bent, and missing cards. This year, Santa replaced it with this version. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, the colors incredible. The cards themselves are talking points, folks. Highly recommend! The kids love this game, especially my little Seuss who played it with me today.
Day 8: Monday January 12, 2015
Folks, can you even believe I have another sick kid? I’ve got a sad little Seuss, so we were not able to play as long or as many games as we would like this afternoon. I did participate in one game of No Stress Chess with Leo and then Leo and T played together. Here’s Leo’s post on No Stress Chess. I’ll let him review it for you guys tonight because I’m off to a meeting. Hope this post finds you all much healthier than we are!
Day 9: Tuesday January 13, 2015
Suspend by Melissa & Doug (1 – 4 players, recommended ages 8 and up). I mentioned this game the other day in my One-Player Games That Kids Love post. We received this game for Christmas and it has been used many times since. This is one of those games that doesn’t take up a ton of space, offers a challenge, and is versatile in that you can play by yourself or with friends.
Day 10: Wednesday January 14, 2015
Beginner Dinner Games (any number of players, recommended for ages 3-6)
Are you ever looking to spark some conversation at dinner, or to make family dinner more fun? Look no further! We keep this handy little game on top of our fridge so that we can easily grab it when the mood strikes. The game cards are laminated, so if you have someone who spills his beverage at every meal like we do, you don’t risk game damage. The game cards cover several categories: just for fun, the five senses, creative and critical thinking, memory, expressive language and listening, and social skills. Each card has an idea for an activity or a game that you can play at the dinner table. This game never fails to make us giggle. Tonight, one of our cards asked one person to make a sound effect and see if anyone else could guess it. Leo made the following: a blue whale call, the lowest note on his keyboard, and the sound of sleep. We weren’t able to guess any of those noises, but we did laugh quite a bit!
And if you guys like this idea of this game and you’re looking for others, I have that info for you, too! We absolutely love Table Topics. Table Topics cards are similar to Beginner Dinner Games in size, but they focus on conversation starters instead. We have a couple sets but the family version is our favorite.
Day 11: Thursday January 15, 2015
Zimbbos! (1-3 players, ages 3 and up) So the other day, while waiting outside in the freezing cold for Kindergarten registration, I realized how badly I need a night out. And so tonight, I’m headed out for a much-needed MNO following a stretch of illness and a triple dental appointment. Therefore, I’m going to make this one short and sweet and tell you that Zimmbos! is awesome because all of your kids can play it without need for modification. Seuss loves feeling like a big kid! We had a blast playing this before dinner tonight!
Day 12: Friday January 16, 2015
Parcheesi (1-4 players, recommended for age 6 and up). Parcheesi always gives me a flashback to younger and warmer days when I used to spend a week with my friend’s family up in Maine. This game is a timeless classic. My kids love choosing animals and sending each other back to start!
Day 13: Saturday January 17, 2015
Picwits! (3 or more players, recommended for ages 10 and up)
Folks, this game is HYSTERICAL. It’s like Apples to Apples (which I adore- both the adult and Jr versions are huge hits over here), but with photos. Every player has eight picture cards and the “judge” for the round draws a “caption” card. The players must each choose the best photo card to go with that caption and the judge decides on the winner. You are guaranteed to laugh. This game would be oodles of fun at a party.
Day 14: Sunday January 18, 2015
Q-bitz (1-4 people, recommended for ages 8 and up)
I love this game! We received it for Christmas, but this is the first time I’ve had a chance to sit down and enjoy it. School psych friends out there, this game is like Block Design but more fun. Leo and I had a blast playing it together this afternoon while we were waiting for the rest of the family to be ready to play Rivers Roads and Rails with us. This game gets increasingly difficult, but the way we play is to take turns trying to recreate a card with our blocks. You can also race to see who can complete a card first, and you can attempt to recreate cards from memory.
Rivers Roads & Rails (1-8 players, recommended for ages 5 and up)
Leo received this game for his birthday from a dear friend. I love this game because my three kids can play it together. They usually sprawl out on the floor so that they have great space to work with. For this game, you take turns adding to a rivers, roads and rails network. Children take turns placing cards to build the network, some cards have all three modes of transportation while other cards might have only one or two, so you must pay attention and match appropriately. The game is fun because each network that you make is different. Plus, who doesn’t love cars, trains, and boats??
Day 15: Monday January 19, 2015
Profession Noggin Educational Trivia Card Games (any number of players, recommended ages 7 and up)
We love Professor Noggin cards! We have a bunch of them but last night we played the Human Body set while we were eating dinner. I highly recommend these sets. They come in a variety of subjects and you cannot help learning something interesting. For example, last night we learned that humans and giraffes have the same number of neck vertabrae. Who knew? Professor Noggin trivia cards also spark great conversation, which is why I often choose to pull them out at lunch or dinner.
Day 16: Tuesday January 20, 2015
Today we had a geography theme, folks!
The Scrambled States of America Game (2-4 players, recommended for ages 8 and up) This game is based on a book, so of course we love it. In a nutshell, there is this brilliantly wacky story about all the states getting mixed up. There’s way more to it than that, but dinner is almost ready and the natives are restless. Let me just say that the book makes for a very fun read aloud. The game is just as goofy but the best part is that the kids learn geography while being silly. At the beginning of the game, the story is told and then each player is provided with a map of the United States and then some state cards (each card has some fun facts about the state). Then a card from the main deck is flipped and it might say something like, “A state that borders Massachusetts” or “Does not touch an ocean” or “Has a 7-letter capital” and the first person to find a matching card in their hand wins that round. A tiny version of the book is included in the game but I’d highly recommend the actual book as part of your homeschool or read aloud- it’s so fun!
BrainBox for Kids: The World Card Game (1 or more players, recommended for ages 8 and up) Similar to the Professor Noggin trivia cards, Table Topics, and Beginner Dinner Games, we usually play this game at dinner. This is a world-themed memory game. Basically, players are asked to study a given card. The cards cover various topics, such as countries of the world, cultures, oceans, etc. Each card contains fun facts and various details. Then, the card is taken away and the players are asked questions about the card. Obviously, the cards are small so you aren’t getting especially comprehensive information about each country, etc., but it is a fun way to sneak in some geography at dinner.
Day 17: Wednesday January 21, 2015
Blokus (2-4 players, recommended for ages 7 and up) We received Blokus from Santa Claus last month and we have played it oodles of times since receiving it. Blokus is a family game that is insanely easy to teach yet challenging enough for adults to enjoy. Each player has 21 differently shaped game pieces and really the only rule is that your next move must touch the corner of one of your previous placed pieces. That’s it, folks. You can explain it in a minute, and yet the game has lots of strategy involved. It is one of those games that all ages enjoy playing. Highly recommend!
Day 18: Thursday January 22, 2015
Cranium Hullabaloo (any number of players, recommended for ages 4 and up) Do you know what always feels weird to me, folks? I used to play Cranium Hullabaloo with the kids I babysat for! We had so much fun playing it in their basement playroom, and now I have three kids of my own and I play with them. So, every time we play Hullabaloo I am overwhelmed with great memories of those three little girls who are now amazing young woman. Man, I’m getting old!
Hullabaloo is a fun and goofy game that little kids adore. If you have never played, you place rubber mats all over a room and then you press the start button and you have to listen to the narrator tell you what to do. It’s like a twist on Simon Says. If the narrator tells you to go to a purple pad, you do so. If he asks you to find an instrument, you find one. Eventually, just like in musical chairs, the round stops and the narrator will say if you are on ______ you win. Best part? Often the winner gets to do a funky dance. Who doesn’t love that??
Day 19: Friday January 23, 2015
Today was filled with science experiments, followed by Destination Imagination in the afternoon during which we had some major library drama. As a result, my little poppies spent what would normally be our game time writing apology notes and then delivering them to our beloved librarians. As a result, the only game we could play was Beginner Dinner Games, with a little Table Topics thrown in during dinner. Not our best #boardgamechallenge day, folks!
Day 20: Saturday January 24, 2015
Candyland (2-4 players, recommended for ages 3-6 years) Today we played Candyland. I used to love this game as a kid but it’s not my favorite as a grown-up. That said, it makes my kids so happy that I play it. I do, however, really miss the old game board. The characters from the 70s and 80s were way cooler!
Kilter from Simply Fun (2-4 players, recommended for ages 8 and up)
Leo loves this game! I just checked and it is not available on Amazon so I’ll park a link to the Simply Fun website right here. The game is made of solid wood, which is nice, and has fun colors. Basically, the game is an introduction to levels and balance. There is a four-way moving seesaw and players take turns balancing blocks on the seesaw, being careful not to spill the blocks. The goal is to rid yourself of blocks. The game is easy to learn but offers a fun challenge.
Day 21: Sunday January 25, 2015
Today’s games are brought to you by my generous friend, Trish, who always showers us with hand-me-down books and games. She dropped a huge box full of goodies this afternoon, just in time for a blizzard. Thank you again, Trish!
Polar Bear Bingo (2-4 players, ages 5 and up) This game is made by Learning Resources and is a wonderful way to sneak in some learning. One side of each card is comprised of two-letter word families and the other side is filled with three-letter word families. Each family is missing one letter (examples: __ide, ___ow, __awn, __ay). The spinner has various letters and after each spin you attempt to create a word using the word families on your card and that letter. The first person to get three in a row wins the Bingo game. We played several rounds and it was great practice for Miss T and for Seuss, who is starting to recognize words in print. We played until the first person filled the entire card, because we like to yell, “Bingo!”
eeBoo Tea Party Game (2-4 players, recommended for ages 5 and up) This game is adorable and perfect for my two littlest poppies who love to play anything involving imagination. We already have (and love!) eeBoo’s Fairytale Spinner Game, and so T and Seuss knew exactly what to do with this game. To play the game, you spread out the sweet little picnic blanket and put the teapot spinner in the center. Everyone takes a seat and you spin to “win” tea party items (teacup, cream and sugar, utensils, plate, sandwich, fruit, dessert) and the first player to accumulate all of the items is the winner. The thing I love about eeBoo’s products (because we have several, including our beloved Tell Me A Story Cards and their memory game, among others) is that the illustrations are always beautiful and their products inspire imagination and play. Just as when we play Fairytale Spinner and Tell Me a Story, the Tea Party Game took on a life of its own. It was as if we were sitting down to tea (in fact, we did brew a pot when we were done!) and having a little picnic together. Linda even joined us!
My Busy Books I’m not sure My Busy Books is technically a game, but my kids have been having so much fun with them that I thought I would list them here. My Little Poppies received the Frozen Busy Book from Nana and Papa at Christmas and it has been played with almost daily since then.
And then this afternoon, we received the My Little Pony and Strawberry Shortcake Busy Books from Trish. They are huge hits over here with T and Seuss who love any and all imaginative games.I’ll be honest with you and state that these books will not win any literary awards. In fact, the story for each book is on the lame side. That said, it comes with a play mat and teeny-tiny figures (they are small, so I wouldn’t recommend them for a house that has babies) and so you can make the story come alive when you are done reading. The book is like a little box so there is storage for the mat and people in the back.
Day 22: Monday January 26, 2015
Uno (2-10 players, recommended for ages 7 and up) This is a classic, easy-to-learn card game that is fun for the entire family. It always reminds me of playing at the beach when I was a kid.
Beginner Dinner Games (yes, again! We adore this game!)
Day 23: Tuesday January 27, 2015
I thought we’d play oodles of games today, since we are in the blizzard’s path, but we actually only played one so far. I’m sure we’ll play more tomorrow after the newness of all that white stuff wears off!
What Do You Do… What Do You Say… In the Community? (any number of players, recommended for ages 5 and up)
I’ve mentioned before that I’m a school psychologist and, as a result, I have lots of board games, puppets, dolls, etc. that are holdovers from my working days. This game is a fantastic way to practice social skills, turn taking, and to inspire conversation. It also comes in a school version and a home version. I have dreams of getting the home version at some point but Schizz always says we have enough games. Oh, Schizz! Anyway, I would highly recommend this game. It never fails to make for great conversation!
Day 24: Wednesday January 28, 2015
Boggle Deluxe (any number of players, recommended ages 8 and up) Boggle is a great game to play any time, but you can also play during a meal as we did tonight during dinner. We gave each person a sheet of paper and a pencil and they wrote down as many words as they could find. For the younger kids, they wrote “words” or just letters that they found. Boggle is a great game for traveling, as it packs up easy. We have the deluxe version, so the playing board is larger, but there is also a modification included to make the game a normal size.
Day 25: Thursday January 29, 2015
Boggle Yes, again. Apparently this was a hit yesterday because when I came downstairs this morning there was a Boggle festival happening at the breakfast table!
Tell Me A Story (any number of players, recommended for ages 3 and up) This card game can be used in so many different ways. It is made by eeBoo, a favorite company of ours. The illustrations are beautiful. Each deck has a theme and you use the cards to make stories. When we received our first deck, several years ago, I would use the cards to create stories for the kids so that they got used to it. Nowadays, we take turns. You can tell your own story and then have a friend tell theirs, or you could take turns telling the same story based on the cards. You can arrange the cards in the order you’d like, or pick randomly and fill in goofy details. If you’re really crazy, you can mix multiple decks together. This is such a great early literacy game that fosters creativity and imagination.
Day 26: Friday January 30, 2015
Both of the games that we play today travel really well. We’ve taken them on vacation and to restaurants.
Spot It (2-8 players, recommended for ages 7 and up) I played this game at a toy store once with the store’s owner, who had just received it that day. The neat thing about this deck of cards is that any two cards has one, and only one, match. Each card has colorful objects and words on it, in various sizes. In this game, you have to be the first to spot it. Everyone is playing at once so it’s fun and fast and crazy. The winner is the person with the most cards at the end. My boys, especially, love this game.
Rory’s Story Cubes (1 or more players, recommended for ages 7 and up) If you like Tell Me A Story Cards (and, clearly, we do!), you will love Rory’s Story Cubes. They can be used as an ice breaker in a group activity, as a one player game, or in a group. There are several versions if you want to play with a group, but the way we normally play is to roll all nine dice and then tell a story based on the images rolled. Rory’s Story Cubes never fails to elicit laughter, all the while building creativity and imagination.
Day 27: Saturday January 31, 2015
Apples to Apples Junior (4-10 players, recommended for ages 9 and up) I am a big huge fan of Apples to Apples and was overjoyed when I realized there was a junior version. Just like the big kid version, the junior Apples to Apples is hilarious. In case you’ve never played, each player receives eight red apple cards. For each round, one player is the judge. The judge draws a green apple card and reads it aloud. Each player finds the best card in his or her hand to pair with the green apple card. The judge picks a favorite and the winner had the most green apples at the end. It is hilarious, folks.
Globe Okay, I realize this isn’t a game but my kids have so much fun with it. We will often eat lunch with our globe on the table. We take turns spinning it and landing our finger on some random spot and then I read about the location on my iPhone. We also usually have our globe out on the table on the nights we play Brain Box for Kids.
Day 28: Sunday February 1, 2015
Game of Life (2-4 players, recommended for ages 8 and up) Folks, this game is a classic! Doesn’t it remind you of the 80s? Let me tell you, my kids don’t know what half of the stuff in this game even means but they always ask to play it. They love the little cars with the peg people and we have the best conversations about life skills, careers, home ownership, and money management.
Mad Libs I know, I know… this isn’t technically a game, however, it is tons of fun. Mad Libs teach parts of speech in a covert and highly comical way.
Day 29: Monday February 2, 2015
Math Dice (1 or more players, recommended for 8 years and up). This is another one of our favorite math games, like Sumoku and Countdown. I love this game because you can modify it for younger players. So for Seuss (3 years), we roll the dice and let him count the dots to get the total. For T (5 years), we roll several dice and have her add the numbers together. For Leo, we roll the target dice and then he attempts to reach a target number with the other dice. Math dice are easy to travel with and they are a great way to practice mental math.
Day 30: Tuesday February 3, 2015
Chess (1-2 players, recommended for ages 8 and up)
Leo loves to play chess. A while ago, I purchased this straightforward chess set. I wanted something simple and I liked that this one folds up to store.
Day 31: Wednesday February 4, 2015
Discover Toys Wiz Kidz Card Game I have an incredibly old version of this game from when I was a little girl. The cards are actually yellowed. This is such a simple game but great for little kids. One deck has a question (something in this room, a country, a well-known person, a color) and the other deck has letters. Players take turns flipping a card from each deck and then they try to come up with an answer to the question card that begins with that letter. It’s a great game even for those who aren’t reading yet because it practices letter sounds, too.
Indoor Hopscotch (any number of players, any age) We can’t play in our yard during the day due to construction so we played indoor hopscotch while Seuss was napping this afternoon. If you are stuck indoors and want to wear those kids out, click here for some great tips!
Day 32: Thursday February 5, 2015
Tell Me A Story Cards Yes, again. Today we played the Circus Animals’ Adventures and the Fairytale Mix-Ups versions.
eeboo Friendly Animals Matching Game A friendly lately gave us some hand-me-down games and this game was in the box. I cannot find a link to it and I’m assuming it’s the older version of this eeboo memory game which we received for Christmas and love. This company makes the most beautiful illustrations. Anyway, we wanted to play it once before passing it on to someone who doesn’t have a memory game. Any local takers?
Beginner Dinner Games Yes, again!
Day 33: Friday February 6, 2015
Beginner Dinner Games Yes, again! OBSESSED.
Day 34: Saturday February 7, 2015
SET: The Family Game of Visual Perception (1 or more players, recommended ages 6 and up)
SET is a fantastic card game that has won over twenty-five best game awards. I know so many people who adore playing this game as a family. I’ve tried it a few times and it’s tricky for my littlest two poppies. I see a lot of promise for this game in our future, but we aren’t in a place to be able to play this (well) as a family of five just yet. Can’t wait until we can, though!
When SET resulted in frustration for the little two, we decided to switch things up and try a different game.
In A Pickle (2-6 players, recommended for ages 10 and up) In this goofy card game, you need to think outside of the proverbial box. Each card contains a noun. Four cards are placed on table and then players take turns fitting one of their nouns into a noun on the table.
So you might have a card that says monkey and one that says phone booth and you could put a monkey in a phone booth, so you could play that card. It gets pretty hilarious trying to fit the cards in your hand into the ones on the table and the explanations are priceless. After a few rounds, Schizz and I found ourselves playing this game by ourselves. Our little poppies had decided to practice their ninja maneuvers instead of playing with us!
Day 35: Sunday February 8, 2015
Twister (2 or more players, recommended for ages 6 and up) Kudos to my friend Bethany for reminding me we haven’t played this game during our challenge yet! This game is always hilarious, isn’t it? It’s especially hilarious for parents to watch their kiddos get all tangled. “IS THIS MY LEFT HAND?!” “HIS BUM IS IN MY FACE!!!”
Day 36: Monday February 9, 2015
Trouble (2-4 players, recommended for ages 5 and up). Is there a kid out there who doesn’t love Trouble? Did you just hear that die bubble pop when you read these words? My little poppies and I played a very exciting game of Trouble today. My Trouble is ancient, folks. This is the same board I played on when I was a kid, and that makes it all the more special!
Mirror Mansion (2-4 players, recommended for ages 8 and up). The boys played this game together. I have actually never played it, T and I were busy folding laundry when they were playing so I can’t give a thorough review.
Day 37: Tuesday February 10, 2015
Snap Circuits Folks, this is not a game but Snap Circuits are such an amazing activity that I had to list it here. Leo received his first kit when he was five. He was reading at the time and could do the activities independently. This kit keeps him busy and [mostly] quiet for hours. Because of that, I needed to mention it in here. We’ve used Snap Circuits quite a bit this winter and we used them a ton today!
Hide and Seek (2 or more players, all ages) Yes, we totally did. This insane winter of ours has caused a resurgence of Hide and Seek around here!
Gravity Maze I believe it’s fairly clear at this point that we have a game obsession over here. We have many favorites, but we adore Gravity Maze. It is a one player logic game and it is tons of fun for both the little kids and the big kids- Schizz and I can’t help but play when it is out! If you want read more about Gravity Maze and other one-player games that kids adore, please click here to read an earlier post.
Day 37: Tuesday February 10, 2015
The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (2-4 players, recommended for ages 3 and up). Leo wrote an adorable post about this game over the holidays. My trio adores playing this fun and colorful game!
Day 38: Wednesday February 11, 2015
Battleship (2 players, recommended for ages 7 and up) I have so many board games that I saved from when I was little and this is one of them. It’s beat up and yellowed but it works just fine! I have to admit, Battleship was never my thing. I have two younger brothers [who never liked playing games as much as I do] and Battleship was a gateway game. I always hoped that if I could get one of them to play Battleship, they might be willing to play something else. Later, I used my childhood Battleship in Boston, when interning at an alternative school. It sounds stereotypical but I find that boys love Battleship. Leo is no different. He loved playing today.
Day 39: Thursday February 12, 2015
Mazeball (1 player) This is a fantastic one-player game. Warning: addicting.
Imaginets (1 player) I do not believe this is technically a game, however, it is worth sharing. I’ve had this game since Leo was young and it is such a worthwhile investment. The entire thing folds up to store easily. There are magnetic shapes and pattern cards and your goal is to recreate the patterns/images using the magnets. The cards get increasingly difficult. I love this activity, folks!
Day 40: Friday February 13, 2015
Wobbledeck (1 player) I’ve written about this one before. The kids have been playing Wobbledeck more lately. I believe it is because our home is under construction plus we’ve had freezing temps today. They need exercise but it’s hard to get. Speaking of which, if you’re looking to wear your kids out in bad weather, click here.
Connect Four (2 players, recommended for ages 6 and up) Who doesn’t love this game? It’s a classic from childhood. It’s also an excellent game to play while counseling, for what it’s worth. And it’s awesome in a classroom if you have a bunch of them. You can have a tournament. Not that there’s time for playing games in school nowadays, but…
Day 41: Saturday February 14, 2015
Happy Valentine’s Day, folks! We hope your day has been a good one. We had lots of family time including several games and a wintry hike. The calm before tonight’s storm! If you are looking for games to keep you busy this winter, today’s choices are great ones. We had a logic theme going on today for sure!
Logic Links This is a fantastic logic game. The box is small and portable and the cards start out quite easy but grow more challenging over time. The goal is to follow the clues to arrange the links in the correct order. It gets tricky very quickly and is a fun challenge.
Rush Hour This might be my favorite game at the moment. I just love how portable it is, and it is quite challenging. I love a good logic game and Rush Hour fits the bill!
Katamino Yes, again. This game is so much fun, folks, and it’s gorgeous. Leo loves to use it during his quiet time.
Mastermind for Kids (2-4 players, recommended for ages 6 and up) This is the classic Mastermind but geared toward young children. Using colorful animals and a jungle theme, you must use logic to break the code. There are several levels of play so you don’t outgrown this game too quickly!
Day 42: Sunday February 15, 2015
Rory’s Story Cubes (1 or more players, recommended for ages 7 and up) Yes, again!! As I’ve mentioned previously, if you like Tell Me A Story Cards, you will enjoy Rory’s Story Cubes. We often play this game during dinner, as we did this evening.
Day 43: Monday February 16, 2015
Academy of Fun Trivia Game (any number of players, any age) You can’t find this game on Amazon, folks! We have been making it ourselves. Tell me, do you ever make games with your kiddos?
Day 44: Tuesday February 17, 2015
Logic Links Yes, again. Sometimes we get obsessed with a certain game, folks!
Day 45: Wednesday February 18, 2015
IQ Twist (1 player, recommended for ages 6 and up) This is another fantastic one player logic game. It also comes in a travel case so you could easily take it in the car, to a restaurant, a doctor’s appointment, or on vacation.
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Yes, again. Schizz got home early from work tonight (Allelujah!) and the kids taught him how to play this one.
Day 46: Thursday February 19, 2015
Sorry Yes, again. My kids love this game, folks!
Day 47: Friday February 20, 2015
Folks it is so cold outside today. Do you know what I did today? I took my own advice, and we did every single one of the items listed in my How to Wear Your Kids Out in Bad Weather post.
And then we played Imaginets, which isn’t technically a game, but it’s awesome:
Day 48: Saturday February 21, 2015
Pathwords is a fantastic game by Think Fun. This is a word search game. Each puzzle tells you which tiles to use and you have to place the tiles in such a way so that each tile covers a word. The puzzles start off easy and get increasingly difficult. Our Pathwords came in a cool little travel case so you can play it in the car or at a restaurant.
Word A Round is a fast and fun word searching game that can be played a couple different ways. The goal is to find a hidden word on each card. There are three rings per card and there is a hidden word in each ring. We will often play this game as a one–player game, too.
Day 49: Sunday February 22, 2015
Fluxx Okay, folks. Everyone loves this game. I received it in my stocking and broke it out this evening. I’m majorly, totally, completely sleep-deprived and I wasn’t caffeinated enough to comprehend the instructions (don’t judge- it’s been a week), but I felt it was important to include this game here because our Board Game Challenge is almost finished and, as I said, everyone loves it. I have friends who have been telling me to get this game for years so I have no doubt I will adore it when the dust settles (literally) and there is less noise in this construction zone!
Eeboo Paper Dolls Not exactly a board game but T and Seuss adore these paper dolls. Do you remember colorforms from when we were little? I had a Smurfs colorforms set and they were amazing. I was obsessed with them when I was little and this reminds me of those days, folks!
Day 50: Monday February 23, 2015
Sylvan Second Grade Math Flash Cards Folks, I’m not a flash card person. I was never a flash card person. We won these cards in a raffle. They were part of a “math game basket” that we entered to win and… we won! The games contained in the basket: Quirkle, Math Dice, The Adventures of Penrose the Mathematical Cat, Rummikub, Math War, Blink, and Prime, are all amazing games. It was a great win, folks! That said, I have a kid who apparently likes flashcards and so we played these tonight!
Day 51: Tuesday February 24, 2015
Cartoon It! is a perfect game for our art-lovin’ family. The illustrator of this game is actually a cartoonist. In this game, you attempt to memorize your card, which depicts a cartoon character. Each character has six specific features and you attempt to get as close to the original image as possible, within 30 seconds. In our family, we don’t time. Folks, this game is HILARIOUS. It’s one of those games during which the parents have just as much fun as the kids.
Day 52: Tuesday February 24, 2015
Snowtime Anytime Indoor Snowball Fight is a goofy gag gift that we received as part of a Yankee Swap. When it’s too cold to go outside (or if you don’t have snow!), Snowtime is a great way to kill some time with the kids. It never fails to cause major giggles, and sometimes an injury or two, but the kids absolutely adore this silly game.
Jenga Remember this game, folks? I had it in college, back in its prime. It is entirely possible that we used Jenga as a drinking game back then, but I’ll keep this G-rated. My kids recently unearthed Jenga. They ADORE Jenga, folks.
Day 53: Wednesday February 25, 2015
Sushi Go I received this game from a dear friend because I’m a bit sushi-obsessed. Apparently, this game was a Kickstarter. It gets amazing reviews on Amazon. I absolutely adore the illustrations and, I’m not gonna lie, they gave me a hankering. The object of the game is to try to get as many sushi points as possible. It’s easy to play because the points are written on each card. You are dealt a hand, choose a card, and then pass to another, choose a card, pass, etc. The person with the most points at the end wins. I love this game but my kids weren’t nearly as excited as I was so I’m looking forward to playing it with some adults who are more appreciative of the cute sushi illustrations and scoring. This would be a great stocking stuffer for the sushi-obsessed person in your life.
This Board Game Challenge has inspired me to purchase two games that you guys raved about. So, I thought I would share the two games with you before the Game Challenge was officially over:
Because the Board Game Challenge is ending, I’m going to be honest and tell you that we just got these two games and haven’t played it yet. However, I do not know a soul who owns them and doesn’t love them. I’m extremely excited about playing these games with my little poppies. It’s been tough to set up games this week because of the construction but I’m seriously considering fleeing the premises and taking these with us!
Are you a game addict, too? I have oodles and oodles of game pin-spiration for you right here:
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Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
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