One of our Friday night traditions is to make pizza and play a board game. This is a little tricky because our kids are young. Finding games that are fun, but don’t require reading can be a challenge. Here are two games that we have enjoyed.
Busytown uses the artwork from Richard Scarry’s great children’s books.
- For the young pre-schooler. (3 years and up)
- All players are on one team so everyone either loses or wins. This is a great way to prepare children for losing games, because you all lose together. They don’t get as emotional when Mommy and Daddy lose too.
- Large board (about 6ft) so must be played on the floor.
- The bulk of the game is a version of ‘I Spy’ which makes it fun for older siblings and even parents, yet the young ones can still hold their own.
- Can be played alone. My son plays this alone quite a bit. He enjoys picking a card, and putting the little magnifying glasses over as many objects matching the card as he can find.
Blokus is fun for children and adults alike. We have played this with our guests and everyone has had fun. This is also really good for spatial awareness. It is not that easy.
- The box says ages 5 and up.
- The level of difficulty varies quite a bit if you only have 2 players or if you have 4. Stefan has still done pretty well with four players, but sometimes needs help. This is good, though, as it is teaching him to play strategically. He is also learning that he can’t always win. (Though don’t let that fool you. Sometimes he does better than the adults.)
- Can be played alone. There are actually rules for playing alone, but those would definitely be for adults. Stefan just enjoys trying to fit all the pieces on the board.
- Each player has 21 pieces of different sizes and shapes, they have to try to play all their pieces without getting blocked by other players.
I am always trying to keep a running list of great games as we slowly build our collection. I would love your ideas!
Do you all play games as a family? I (and my readers) would love to hear your ideas for any age group.