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Our family loves playing games together. We try to do Family Game Night whenever we can to give everyone a break from their electronics (including me!) and spend time together. These are the moments when the best family memories are made.
After years of trying different games, through various ages and stages, these are our top picks for Best Family Board Games! From classic picks to new ideas, these are great options for practicing math and counting, building strategy and focus, but most of all, having fun!
This one is a classic and consistently tops the list of our Best Family Board Games! When my boys were younger, we started out with Monopoly Jr editions, then graduated to the full Monopoly version a few years ago. I can even work math and money lessons into it, by teaching them to budget their property purchases, adding bills together, and making change.
Another classic, we love this one because of it’s portability and simplicity. Just dice, a score sheet and a pen! This one is great for counting and adding practice, but also strategy! Want to take it outside? Try the giant version Yardzee!
Strategy is the key in this game, not only planning where to put your own pieces to maximize your space, but blocking your opponents as well! Quick to play, this one has become a fast favourite in our house, and we’re often playing best 2 out of 3 (or 5 of 7).
My youngest discovered this game at summer camp a few years ago, and I highly recommend it! Easy to play for even the youngest family members, it’s highly competitive, and can get really fast and loud!! Available in regular size, or our preference, super size!
Good friends of ours introduced us to this game (also called Dobble), in the Star Wars edition. It’s essentially match game taken to a whole new level! Cards have several symbols on them, but only one will match. First to spot it wins that round! Highly competitive, it’s great for developing focus and perception skills!
Another classic, we’ve collected this game in several variations, from Toy Story to Emojis! Great for learning colours and numbers, even the youngest in the family can get in on this game.
When in doubt, nothing beats a simple deck of cards. We make sure to keep one in the car, backpack, around the house, and when travelling. Simple games like Go Fish, Crazy Eights, Cheat and then more advanced like Euchre can while away the time on a lazy Sunday afternoon at the cottage, waiting in airports, or even on a picnic.
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