Playing games together with your kids can be a fun way to spend quality time together, but with that being said, I do find it a challenge to ignore all the things I see that “need” to get done, and actually sit down to play. I tend to find any excuse not to play certain games, (like Monopoly) because they can take forever to finish. ( I know, I’m not proud of that).
We’ve found a few games that we do really enjoy as a family, and ones that are so much easier for me to quickly agree to play. Even though this page contains affiliate links, these are all games I’ve purchased myself, and that I play together with my children and extended family. 🙂
Jenga only takes around 10-15 minutes, and your child gets to practice coordination. You just pull out the pieces one by one, while trying to keep the structure standing.
Blokus involves a little strategy but not so much that it’s frustrating. It’s for ages 7 and older. Not for children under 3 because small parts can be a choking hazard.
I remember being so excited when all my children were finally at an age that we could play a game together as a family, and that first game was UNO. It’s been around a while, but it’s still a fun fast paced family game. The recommended age is 7 and up, but I would say even a 5 year old could probably play this game, depending on their ability.
This Sequence for Kids game is one of our all time favorites. We started playing the older version years ago, but it was just a bit too hard for our younger ones, and so I was excited to find a kids version of the game! You have to get four in a row, and you win. The recommended age is 4-7 years old. Not for children under 3 because small parts can be a choking hazard.
Here is the older kids and adults version of Sequence, for ages 7 and up. Not for children under 3 because small parts can be a choking hazard.
Apples to Apples Junior is my youngest son’s favorite game, and even though we have the regular version, I much prefer this Junior version because the cards contain items that everyone would know, instead of harder trivia. The recommended age is 9 and up, but I think even a year or two younger might be able to grasp it.
Phase 10 could easily be considered our official “vacation” game, since we’ve played it for years whenever we go to West Virginia to visit my parents. It’s for 2-6 players, and the recommended age is 7-11 years old, but all the adults in my extended family enjoy it as well!
Dominoes is a game I didn’t think I would like until I tried playing it with my mom and dad, and then I was hooked! There are lots of different ways to play it too, so it’s not just one game. The recommended age is 8 and up, but even adults can really enjoy Dominoes as well. Not for children under 3 because small parts can be a choking hazard.