Every single Christmas Eve, we give the kids a board game, Christmas pajamas and a Christmas movie (or a favorite movie my husband and I grew up with). It’s a fun tradition and one the kids look forward to. We then eat Chinese take-out and play board games while watching our new movie. With Black Friday quickly approaching, here’s a list of the best board games that are perfect for families.
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Board games have always been a HUGE part of our lives. Before we were married (and when we were newly married) we hosted game night at our apartment. It was a lot of fun. Later on, after we had kids, we used to play Trivial Pursuit on New Years Eve. Playing board games together with your kids helps them learn essential skills like taking turns, losing gracefully, etc.
The Best Board Games for Families
If you read anything in this post, read this. Do not, I repeat, do not get your kids the Monopoly Cheaters Edition game unless you want to listen to your kids scream at each other the entire time. We played the game one time. Even though we were following the rules, the kids literally lost their minds and could not handle the other one cheating, even though it was allowed. But this does make a fun gift to give others…kind of like buying your toddler niece or nephew the noisy toy!
Board Games for Young Kids
When you think of board games for young kids, you probably think of games like Candy Land and Chutes and Ladders. However, there are so many other games that are geared towards young kids that are better than those two! Some of our favorites are:
- HedBanz Junior
- Five Crowns Junior card game
- I Spy Go Fish
- Spot it
Board Games for Middle Aged Kids
I remember the day we could start playing board games for people ages 8 and up. It opened us up to so many other games! Not to mention, when our entire family gets together for the holidays, we always play games and the kids were able to join in and play too. They were happy when that day arrived! Some of the best board games for middle aged kids are:
- Watch Ya Mouth
- Disney Codenames
- 5 Second Rule
PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Game – New EditionCodenames Disney Family Edition | Best Family Board Game, Great Game for All Ages | Featuring Disney Characters, Disney Artwork | Board Game for 2 Players or More | Perfect for Disney FansSequence GameTENZI Party Pack Dice Game – A Fun, Fast Frenzy for The Whole Family – 6 Sets of 10 Colored Dice with Storage Case – Colors May VaryWatch Ya’ Mouth Original Mouthpiece Game – The Hilarious Family and Party Game
Board Games for Tweens and Teens
Now that our kids are both officially teenagers, the games we can play are so much more fun! Although, our 15 year old keeps talking about Cards Against Humanity and I don’t care what anyone else chooses to do, but I cannot play that game with my kids! The best board games for tweens and teens are:
- What Do You Meme?
- Relative Insanity
- Shut the Box
- The Game of Things
The Game of Things… New Edition with More than 25% New TopicsWHAT DO YOU MEME? Party GameRelative Insanity Party Game About Crazy Relatives — Made & played by Comedian Jeff FoxworthyTaboo Board GameJuegoal Wooden 4 Players Shut The Box Dice Game, Classics Tabletop Version and Pub Board Game, 12 inch
We are still trying to figure out what game we want to get the kids this year. If you have a favorite board game that is good for kids 13 and up, please let me know! We have the Shut the Box game that is for two people. We may get the four person game so we can all play! I will say, if you are going to get one game off this list, you need to get Tenzi. Younger kids can learn to play the game and they will have a lot of fun with it! It’s a great party game!