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10 More Games You Won’t Hate Playing with Your Kids

About 18 months ago, I wrote a post about ten games I actually enjoyed playing with my children (aka not Chutes and Ladders).

After reading aloud to my kids, playing games is probably one of my favorite ways to spend time with my children. Ella, especially LOVES playing games, and we play probably 1-2  games a day at our house.

If your kids are also game lovers and you’re looking for ones that won’t make you want to fake a violent stomach bug, here are ten more games we really love playing with our girls (and if you’re in the market for holiday gifts, these are all winners):

best board games for kids

  1. Loot. We bought this one for Ella for her birthday and it’s been a big hit. This pirate-themed game is quick to learn and fun for the grown-ups and simple enough for the kids. Ani, who is almost 5 can play it, but sometimes gets tired of it before we finish.
  2. Guess Who? I played this game approximately ten million times as a child (we had a travel version, and my sisters and I played it CONSTANTLY one summer) and it’s been really fun to play it with my girls now.
  3. 9 Innings. There are a bunch of versions of this game, some of which are called Golf, and there’s an official version of this you can buy here, but we just play with two decks of regular cards. Both of my girls (7 and almost 5) really enjoy this one, and it’s fast enough for a quick game in 10 minutes or so.
  4. Dominion. I just taught this game to Ella a few weeks ago and we’ve played it nearly daily since. She LOVES this one, and it’s one of my faves too. I love that it has endless variations, but isn’t hard to learn.
  5. Sequence for Kids. Bart’s sister gave us this for Christmas and it’s a fun one to play as a family because it’s fast and easy enough for both of the older girls. And even as an adult, it’s enjoyable.
  6. Monopoly DealElla is obsessed with Monopoly right now, but I don’t enjoy Monopoly because it makes me feel like a bad person when I win, plus it takes forever. Monopoly Deal is a much faster version that’s cards only and it’s very fun.
  7. Ticket to Ride. This is one of my all-time favorite board games. Bart and I have played HUNDREDS of games of it over the years, and over the summer, we taught it to Ella and now the three of us play almost every Sunday afternoon. It’s a longer game (about 45 minutes or so, if everyone knows how to play) and I love it every single time. We own the European edition and I think it’s better than the US edition.
  8. Speed. This has become our go-to game after months of Yahtzee playing. I like that this one takes only about 3 minutes to play and that Ani can play too (we just deal her less cards and take more ourselves).
  9. Wackee Six. I played ten thousand games of Nerts in college with my roommates, and this summer we played this commercialized version a bunch with Bart’s family during a reunion. It took Ella a couple of rounds to pick it up, but then she got super good and was beating us plenty of time.
  10. Connect 4. This is a classic and I love that even Star (at 2.5) can play it, although not particularly well. Plus, it’ll keep kids occupied for ages just playing around with it.

What games do you like to play with your kids? Two games on my Christmas list for Ella are Exploding Kittens and Labyrinth.

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11 Comments

  • Reply Kaytie Yost October 12, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I love these ideas! Any recommendations for how to play with your game loving 4 year old and your rambunctious totally uninterested 2 year old? 😉 We like sequence for kids and were recently introduced to a game designed by a dad called Robot Turtle that teaches programming skills.

  • Reply April October 12, 2017 at 4:49 am

    I bought Monopoly Deal and CAN”T UNDERSTAND IT. I don’t know why I have this block in my brain.

    I taught my kids how to play Poker, and we love Apples to Apples.

  • Reply Dawn Mottlow October 12, 2017 at 7:32 am

    Can you share how to play 9 innings with just the 2 deck of cards?
    We love to play Yahtzee, Farkle, Mancala, and Shut the Box!!

  • Reply Kara October 12, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Have you heard of Too Many Monkeys? My kids love it. We also like UNO and Disney Headbands.

  • Reply Paige Flamm October 12, 2017 at 11:15 am

    We got connect four for Jay for his birthday, and him and Em play it for literally hours on end together! It’s awesome! Jay was also recently introduced to Guess Who and Sequence Jr when we were with my in-laws during our move, and I’m sure those are going to be topping the Christmas list this year!

  • Reply Kate @ Mom's Radius October 12, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    I posted today about board games too! I am sharing some coopertative games that I love playing with my 7 year-old son. I am planning on writing 2 other posts – competitive games and card games in the future. I’ll have to check out some of your suggestions. We’ve played Ticket to Ride with Christopher, and we have Dominion, so we may have to try that one. So fun!

    http://www.momsradius.com/2017/10/family-game-night-cooperative-board.html

  • Reply Jileen October 12, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    We have a lot of these games or plan to get them for Christmas. Good to know you like the European Ticket to Ride….I was wondering which one to get. I will say Exploding kittens is a lot of fun…but there is a bit of potty humor in it. My 10 and 13 year old boys think it’s hilarious…but it’s not something i would let him play around my mother-in-law. Just thought you might be forewarned :). And Labyrinth is absolutely my favorite game of all time. I will play it anytime anywhere!

  • Reply Bridget October 13, 2017 at 5:50 am

    We love games so posts like this are great! My kids are ages five and seven and current favorites at our house are Sushi Go! and Enchanted Forest.

  • Reply Julie October 13, 2017 at 7:40 am

    My girls love Exploding Kittens. We have found however, that it is much more fun to play in a bigger group. I have my eye on Qwirkle for Christmas this year.

  • Reply Jenae Jeppesen October 13, 2017 at 11:42 am

    We are also huge fans of Ticket to Ride and Sequence for kids. And we love love LOVE Zingo, and it is a regular gift we buy those we love most. For Quinn’s age we like Cranium’s Cariboo (but it is really spendy- found one at a thrift store for the win!). We also play scrabble’s Alphabet Scoop- which Quinn (2.5) can play along, Surprise Slides (Frozen version), Word Pirates (spelling game), and Diggity Dogs- which is this totally random game where you adopt dogs and my kids think it’s hilarious. Apparently we love games too.

  • Reply Beth October 14, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    I highly recommend Mixamatou! It’s a matching card game by Djeco. Our 4 year old has no problem playing and winning. I knew it was a winner when my husband said that he would play just the two of us without our daughter!

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