Rain or shine, day or night, board games remain a great source of fun for the entire family. In this the day and age of electronic distractions, sometimes it’s just nice for everyone, children and adults, to unplug for a while. Once the screens are tucked away it’ll be easy for you to carve out a space on the floor or table and begin transporting yourself into the timeless traditions of board games. Here are just a few of our favorite board games for the entire family. There’s no time like the present to search through that closet or chest and dust off a few of these family favorites.
Follow the rainbow brick road all the way to King Kandy’s castle. Along the way you’ll want to do your best to avoid Lord Licorice as you flip through cards in search of yummy sweets like gumdrops and chocolate fudge. After the game is over listen to your sweet tooth and treat the family to a couple scoops of ice cream.
What goes up must come down as the wheel spins you around the board. Climbing ladders towards the finish line is fun but sometimes the a ride down a long slide can be just as entertaining. Chutes and ladders can also help your kids develop some of their basic math skills like addition and subtraction.
The sound of the pop-o-matic die roller will bring you back to your childhood as both kids and adults still enjoy the opportunity to knock their opponents pegs home.
Life can be hard, but the game of Life is easy as you immerse yourself in a fantasy world of family planning and finance. Kids will enjoy acting like adults while parents will appreciate the nostalgia of a first job and wedding day.
Kids enjoy the animals and friendly competition while parents can appreciate the patterns that unfold across the board as brains both young and old are stimulated while looking to complete another sequence.
6. Connect 4
It might not include a board but Connect 4 does still have plenty of surprises in store as players of all ages appreciate the disc-dropping fun. Think of it as tic-tac-toe on a vertical board that is also a great way to see patterns and numbers.
Play act and get animated as you help others players guess what’s on their head. Kids will learn how to articulate common objects and activities and Hedbanz can also help with word association. Plus, it’s really fun!
At first glance Monopoly is not a game for all ages but parents will be surprised by how young kids respond to the buying and selling of valuable property. Monopoly is a great way to work on counting and kids of all ages will enjoy collecting $200 as they pass go.
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it as the game of checkers has been around for a long time for good reason. This particular board is meant to be unfurled on the floor and kids will enjoy the oversized red and black pieces. Parents will be amazed by how quickly their kids pick up this classic game.
Watch imaginations run wild as creativity is on full display in this game of drawing and word association. Both sides of the brain develop as kids and adults take great pleasure in drawing out their fantasies. Make sure to have plenty of popcorn on hand.