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We have tried to cut down on the electronic addiction in our family. To do this we have started a regular family game night with our kids. We've come up with a list of the 10 best board games for families and how to get a great dinner quick so you can get your game on.
We start game night with dinner and that usually means pizza. We love to make homemade pizza when we have the time. Sometimes we just get a quick frozen pizza and add some of our own toppings. Tonight we picked up a cheese and pepperoni. The kids like cheese so they took that one. The hubby and I added some mushrooms, fresh basil and extra cheese we had on hand to the pepperoni.
While the pizza cooked we got the game ready and set up in the living room. 15 minutes later we had a pizza that not only looked but tasted like it came from a pizzeria. Perfect for game night.
Once the pizza is plated we are ready to play. Chili, our dog, hangs close by so she can grab a piece of pizza when no one is looking, and she did. Lucky we had 2 pizzas. Tonight we played 2 games of Sequence, 2 games of Candy Land, and 2 games of Clue. The final score was Matthew 1, Garrett 2, Mom 3 and Dad 0!
Dad was not happy about loosing so he placated himself by taking the boys for ice cream while I cleaned up. Now you can click below and grab one of our 10 best board games for family game night so you can have some fun at your house! I'm going to give you a quick run down of them and a description of why you need to order them for your family.
1. Sort it Out Jr. – a game where kids are given a list of items they have to sort and identify the tallest, shortest, biggest, smallest of anything and everything. It teaches weight, space and measure.
2. Candy Land – great for the little ones. Kids learn colors, counting and competition.
3. Safetyville – a new spin on a candy land format. Safe for kids 3 and up this game teaches kids valuable lessons about being safe when out and at home while making it fun. You will learn something to!
4. Classic Checkers – We bought his wooden set from Melissa and Doug a few years ago for Christmas. It is beautiful to leave out and is a fun game for the older kids to play while you play something else with a little one. Perfect for teaching strategy and thinking ahead. They have a chess set version like this one as well.
5. Clue – This was one of my favorite games growing up and it teaches kids strategy, elimination and thinking ahead. I just love a good murder mystery!
6. Jenga – a great game for all ages that teaches fine motor skills, building, gravity and hand-eye coordination
7. Monopoly Millionaire – A fun spin on the original game and a little faster as well. Kids learn money, strategy, and how to bid against each other. You can let little one's help the adults by letting them roll the dice and count spaces.
– a silly way to play “Who am I” teaches deductive reasoning skills and practice creative critical thinking skills by describing well-known objects.
9. Mexican Train Dominoes – This is a family favorite and one we play on holidays and take on vacations. Players work to get rid of all the dominoes in there hand by playing the on their own train or by adding on to other players when they get stuck. Teaches counting, thinking ahead and working together.
10. Sequence for Kids – This strategy building game is perfect for 4-7 year old kids. They pull cards and place a chip on the character, they can remove other's chips with dragon cards or place chips anywhere with a unicorn card. It's great for kids who can't read yet.