10 Favorite Board Games for Families
It’s a special night when you can get everyone off the screen (any screen!) and gathered round the kitchen table to eat. It’s downright magical when you can get them to do it to play a board game together.
You not only have to really like one another, the game has to be totally awesome.
And every homeschool mom knows it’s bonus points if you can somehow turn it into a learning experience or homeschool hours without the kids catching on.
With that in mind, here are ten board games your family will (maybe, probably) love.
Board Games For the Strategy Loving Family
You might be curious to know if you’re a strategy loving family. If you have to ask, I might venture to say you’re not. But, if you’re really on the fence about the question ask yourself the following questions:
- Do we enjoy planning and scheduling?
- When I say the word “setters” do you automatically think of Little House on the Prairie or does the word Catan pop in your head?
If you’re thinking you’re a strategy loving family based on your answers, then you’ll enjoy the following board games.
- Risk. A classic strategy game involving learning the art of diplomacy, when to risk conflict, and when to retreat. Girls can love this game as much as boys, so don’t predetermine that for your kids. At our house Mom was the undisputed Risk master.
- Stratego. Your army has to capture the flag of the opponent. We had several of these so we could break down into groups of 2 to 4 to play with friends.
- Settlers of Catan. This German board games allows he players to learn to balance growing their settlements with the resources they have and earn along the way.
- Ticket to Ride. A cross-country adventure game where players are dealt cards representing train cars as they claim railroads and railways across the country.
For the Chance Loving Family
Even though it can be argued that every board game involves an element of strategy, a board game where the main elements of winning involve things out of the player’s control are considered games of chance. They are games where players can experience BIG upsets. This teaches your children how to handle defeat graciously.
There are often lessons to be learned in games of chance about the use of the element of risk. For this reason, our family enjoyed games of chance.
- Yahtzee. Roll the dice. Work in some addition and call it math.
- Candyland. Yes. This and Bowl Full of Cherries are games that everyone in the family can play.
- The Game of Life. Expect giggles and sighs of exasperation as you’re dealt cards that determine a career or family, wealth or poverty, and more.
For the Relationship Loving Family
When you think of board games for the relationship loving family, thing of games that foster cooperation. Kids will learn how to work together to achieve a goal and win.
Here are some of our favorite games to foster relationship.
- Pandemic. This games was great at getting my kids to work together to solve a problem. It was fun seeing what contributions each would make to the final outcome. The goal of the game is to stop the spread of deadly diseases.
- Codenames. While not specifically a board game designated as a cooperative play game, everyone had a role and it required working together in order to do well. You have to oust the spies with the help of the spy master.
- Max. We’ve not personally played this game. It’s designed to foster empathy and discussing difficult situations with younger children, ages 4-7.
Establish a Family Board Game Night
No matter what style of board game your family might enjoy, planning a regular game night at your home can be a time to build relationships, eat yummy snacks, and have some old-fashioned fun.
Put the electronic devices away, smartphones in a drawer on silent, and pop some popcorn.
Board games are memory makers, and you’ll never regret having too many of those!
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