Looking for a great gift idea for the kids on your holiday shopping list? What about a fun game? Here are some of our favorites that adults will enjoy playing too!
I think games are a fun way to connect with kids. We play games at home together and also usually bring at least one card game along on trips.
I remember playing this classic board game when I was younger. It was also the first game Charlie was given as a gift when he was around 2. It’s just the right length for the youngest players.
I was surprised how much my kids enjoy playing memory matching games, even from a young age of about 3. For larger sets, I usually have us play with around 10 pairs at a time to make it a little easier. We don’t have this exact version, but this one looks cute.
This is a type of bingo game. Kids will love using the cool contraption to take the plastic bingo cards out and put them back in. The manufacturer says it’s for ages 4 and up, but I think 2 and 3 year-olds will love it too. I also just heard about this awesome version with sight words!
I got Charlie a junior UNO set when he was 3. Our cards are tattered on the corners and the box is taped in multiple spots, which shows how much love it’s gotten over the last 4 years. This is the game we have always brought to play with grandparents and cousins when visiting them. We have a slightly different version, which doesn’t seem to be made anymore; but this junior version looks similar.
Have you heard of cooperative games? Players work together rather than against each other. In this game players work to beat an ogre to the treasure. Cooperative games are great because no one gets hurt feelings over not winning. For preschoolers and up.
This is another really fun cooperative game we got last year. This time players work together to figure out which fox stole a pie. I’d recommend for ages 5 and up.
My kids enjoy playing this classic.
We got this game as a present a few years ago. It’s definitely still in our rotation of games we reach for and enjoy.
We love the camping version of Spot it!
We picked up a version of Guess Who? at a garage sale a few years ago and have gotten a lot of use out of it!
My parents have this trio of card games. Playing a round (or two or three) is one of my kids’ favorite things to do when visiting.
We got this card game last year and it’s one of our new favorites! While it has “Queens” in the title, it is in no way only a girl’s game. The cards have a whole range of medieval characters. One of the best parts? Kids need to use math skills, in the form of adding card numbers. I love that they are practicing addition without even knowing it! I’d recommend for ages 4 or 5 and up.
I bought this card game a few years ago and we’ve enjoyed playing it ever since. Again, for ages 4 or 5 and up.
We’ve been borrowing and enjoying a checkers set from my parents’ basement since last year. The board has tic-tac-toe on the back, which my kids also like.
We also took a chess set from my parents’ basement last year. It’s one I had when I was younger that shows how to move the pieces right on the board. That version doesn’t look like it’s available anymore, but I just found another that looks even better. It shows how to move the pieces and also gives easy strategy instruction on cards!
I just heard about this cooperative game, which is from the same makers as Race to the Treasure. My kids love all things magical so it definitely looks like it will be right up their alley!
What other games do you love that we should add to our holiday wish lists?!