Going out as a family is a great idea. But if you choose to stay at home, spend some quality time together and play some board games, consider the following game board choices:
Catch Phraseis a fun-filled game suited for families of at least 6 members. Players are divided into 2 groups or teams (the total group size is really up to you). The goal is for each player to get his team guess the word or phrase displayed on the disc using just body gestures or any verbal clues. The best thing about this game is that it appeals to all the ages, even for the youngest members of the family.
Boggleis a fast-paced, exciting and addictive multi-player game that all family members will surely love. Players have to find and form as many words as possible from a 4×4 grid as the sand timer works its way down. The player scores if he or she has found valid word(s) which other players have not able to locate. Longer words score higher.
Balderdash is a word game that doesn’t require players to have a large vocabulary. It can be played by as little as two players but the real fun always comes in numbers. Balderdash is based on the popular parlor game The Dictionary Game, which can turn an ordinary family gathering into a fun-filled laugh-packed event.
Cluedo is an all-time favorite board game that relies in the combination of luck and simple logic. Players will act as guests in a mansion setting board divided into different rooms, whose owner, Dr. Black, has been found murdered. Each player will then attempt to solve the crime using evidences given in the game. This may not be as laugh-packed as other family games, but to those who want to solve some mystery, Cluedo is nothing but perfect.
Candyland is often recommended for families who want to let their kids (as young as 3 years old) participate in the game. Candyland is casually considered as child’s first game as it only requires minimal counting skill and no reading ability.
Apples to Apples is another game that develops the language skills of kids in a fun and entertaining way. Players compete to form the best match with the gamekeeper’s adjective card from their noun card.
Guess Who is, well a guessing game. It is played by 2 players who try to guess each other’s face card by asking identification questions that are answerable by “yes” or “no”. The game may only be limited to just 2 players but any family can group themselves into two to form opposing teams.
Zingo is easy to play and suitable for families with kids ages 4 to 8. The multi-player game is very similar to bingo. Instead of numbers, each player is given a card with 9 images. The first person to match all 9 images with the mystery tiles wins. The game is fun and creates a lot of excitement to kids.
Finally, the list will not be complete without the all-time favorite board games – Monopoly and Scrabble. It seems like it’s already automatic that when we talk about family board games, these must always be present. The names speak for themselves and there is neither a need for introduction nor for a description.