Kids’ and grownups’ board games

Just in time for Christmas shopping.  :)

Snail pace race Good for little kids just starting out… like 2-3.  You flip dice with colored dots and move those colors a space.  Each turn you guess which snail is going to win.

Money Madness:  Two great games that teach kids about money.  One even has a little price scanner.  Unfortunately this is only available through Scholastic books and I’m having a hard time finding a link.

Loopin Louie .  An early favorite even before a kid can understand rules.  There’s a moving plane that flies around and knocks chicken tokens down.  Hours of entertainment knocking chickens down and putting them back up.

How do you feel about Candyland?  I’m against.

Good for a wide age range to play together (party games!): Apples to Apples, Fluxx, the various Cranium games, Blink (card game), maybe Clue or Mastermind.  My personal favorite, happily back in print:  The Great Dalmuti.

Better for older kids/adults, depending: taboo, pictionary, Give me the Brain, Trivial Pursuit, Boggle or Scrabble or UpWords .  (#1 loves Cheapass games… not so crazy about standard party games)

And of course, for adults you cannot go wrong with Eurogames.  AgricolaPuerto Rico, Lost Cities.  DH scours boardgame geek for the latest and greatest.

What are your favorite games?  Anything on your holiday lists?

16 Responses to “Kids’ and grownups’ board games”

  1. First Gen American Says:

    I wish the games weren’t as chintsy these days. Toy companies have cost cut these things to the point that they fall apart in no time. Sorry, not looking forward to all the broken toys I’ll see on Xmas day that just got bought.

    My son’s just getting to the age of liking these types of games. He tends to make his own rules though which is hard. Right now our favorite game is a regular ol’ card game called garbage. He learned it while we were at a friend’s cabin.

    So I guess my favorite game is a plain old deck of cards.

  2. Everyday Tips Says:

    Apples to Apples is a family favorite, along with Scattegories. If you like Scrabble but younger ones (like age 10) feel left out, try Bananagrams. It is still a word game, but you kind of compete against yourself and the other person. Small words are just fine and I learned the the word ‘Qi’ really comes in handy.

    We loved Candyland and Chutes and Ladders, probably for the nostalgia as much as anything. I also tracked down the game Headache.

  3. MutantSupermodel Says:

    Playing games with my little ones is HARD because of the variety in ages. So I usually let them just make up their own games with the boards and pieces. Bad Mom I know. The youngest one (2) just likes to wreck whatever anyone is playing.
    However, for adults I cannot recommend Mr. Jack enough. OMG that game is SO MUCH FUN. It’s a 2 player game and it’s hard for me to find people to play against because, well, I’m alone LOL but when I do find someone to bribe into playing with me, I get a total kick out of it. I’m suprised at the Apples to Apples support so I might look into that. Love Cranium, L-O-V-E it. Boggle is also a good time. And of course, Scrabble. I’m also a fan of Clue and Monopoly. Also, I have fond memories of playing Stratego with my Dad. I love board games.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      I’m not quite sure how getting your kids to exercise their creativity makes you a bad mom. On some forums playing pre-made games would get you that label.

      We will have to look into Mr. Jack! Apples to apples is a lot of fun, though it has limited replayability without the expansions. There are a LOT of expansions.

  4. frugalscholar Says:

    Seeing the mention of Snail’s Pace Race brought back some wonderful memories. All those Ravensburger games are great–there’s a set called First Four Games that we used for years.

    My son took a lot of the grown up games to college. How’s that for a nice wholesome activity?

  5. Money Reasons Says:

    Cashflow for kids, but it’s overpriced! If I were to buy it today, I’d buy it from eBay…

    It’s a Robert Kiyosaki game, but it’s a good one! I don’t think I’d like to play the read “Cashflow 101”, but the “Cashflow For Kids” version isn’t too shabby :)

    They should call it the “Rat Race for kids”… you get a salary every time you go around the board, and opportunities to invest in things and acquire debt.

    I mostly like it because my son has been the banker, and it helps with his math skills…

    It’s not for everybody though…

    And then there is always the classic Chess and Memory games :)

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  7. Rumpus Says:

    I recently had a good experience playing Werewolf/Mafia with a range of kids probably 5th grade to highschool.

  8. Molly On Money Says:

    I like a game that ends in about 15 minutes so I stick with the easy ones like ‘Sorry’ and ‘Trouble’. I drive my kids crazy- they want to be ‘challenged’.

  9. Says:

    So many board games these days fall apart so very easily that it makes me reticent to even buy any. One of my children is very, umm, energetic shall I say and would rip them to peices in no time at all.
    Would love suggestions for a sturdy board game though, as I do miss them in a way. Would love to sit down with the kids and play one, a simple one as my kids are 6 and 4.

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