Winter and Family Board Games Go Together!

Board Games Are Perfect For Quality Family Time!

Board games are a great family togetherness activity. Children learn to follow rules of the game, develop strategic thinking and forward planning, work together co-operatively, take turns, learn how to compete – winning with humility and losing with grace. Board games provide the perfect opportunity to press the pause button for a while and have some wholesome fun!

10 Fun Board Games For The Whole Family


Ticket To Ride: New York Board Game

Ticket to Ride is an incredibly fun and quick family board game that is very easy to learn. The aim of the game is to use your transport cards to claim as many routes as possible on the board, to complete the destination tickets and add as many bonus points as you can by passing city attractions en route. Each player starts with 15 plastic taxis, two transportation cards (these are the cards you collect and use to claim routes on the board) , and one or two destination tickets showing where your route has to start and where it has to end in order to complete the card. When you are able to claim a route on the board, you place your taxis on those spaces making this a visually rewarding game.

This game is a good combination of chance and strategy. At the end of the game players calculate their points, scoring points for the routes that they’ve claimed during the game, the destination tickets that they’ve completed (by connecting the two locations on a ticket with a continuous line of taxis), and the tourist attractions seen, losing points for any incomplete destination tickets. Whoever has the highest score wins!

Number of players: 2-4
Brand: Days of Wonder
Age: 8+ years


Ice Cool 2

Ice Cool 2 is both a standalone game in its own rights as well as being an expansion set for the original Ice Cool game allowing you to play with 8 players not only 4 and with a new game mode called Race. Ice Cool is a unique board game consisting of nesting boxes that form a game board. Flick your weighted penguins around the board while being chased by the “hall monitor”(another penguin). Flick your penguin around the board and as you pass through each doorway into another ‘room’, collect a different coloured fish. The fish ultimately translate into points cards. The hall monitor must catch 2 penguins to end the round before everyone collects points cards for the fish they have retrieved. Players take turns being the hall monitor in each round. Add up your points cards at the end of the game to find the winner. Fun, challenging and original, kids will want to play it again and again.

Number of players: 2-4 or up to 8 with both games
Brand: Blue Orange
Age: 6+ years


Cobra Paw

Ninja-like reflexes, sharp visual recognition skills, and mental fortitude steal the game in this tile-snatching challenge known as Cobra Paw! Players take turns rolling the dice (featuring 6 unique symbols), spotting the tile with the matching pattern, then trying to grab it before their opponents. You have to keep your wits about you because if you have the tile someone else needs, they can steal from you! The first player to snatch up 6 tiles wins the game and bestows great honour to the Grand Shidoshi, Master Meow!
A game with few rules. Play a few rounds in a few minutes. Ultra-competitive!

See how it’s played in this video!

Number of players: 2+
Brand: Bananagrams
Age: 7+


Codenames

Codenames is a team game that involves giving your team clues to link words on the ever-changing game board which is a grid of 25 words. Two teams compete to see which spymaster can get their team to make contact with all of their agents first. This means uncovering your team’s word path without accidentally linking them to the word on the assassin square or to any of the other team’s words.
It’s fabulous fun as spymasters give their teams clues guiding them through the correct word path. When the team picks a correct word, the spymaster places a colour agent on top of that card. Sometimes innocent bystanders are involved, or a team might accidentally uncover an opposing team’s agent. The first team that manages to uncover all the correct words in their word path wins the round. However, if one of the teams reveals the word on the assassin square the round immediately ends and that team loses. We like to play best of 5 rounds. A super game of word association that makes you think and make interesting links in figuring out the clues.

Number of players: 4-8
Brand: Czech Games
Age: 12+ years


Dr Eureka

Dr Eureka is an unusual family game. Race to organize the molecules in your test tubes as fast as you can without using your hands, pouring the coloured balls from one test tube to the other at speed, matching the pattern on the challenge card. Play on your own or race against other players to see who can be the fastest to complete the task. Requires forward thinking, spatial planning, co-ordination and problem solving to get the molecules in the right order at speed. The first player to win 5 cards wins the game. In just 15 minutes you will get to connect with your child emotionally, develop their logic and visual perception skills, waking up their brains.

Number of players: 2-6
Brand: Blue Orange
Age: 6+ years


My First Scrabble

What a great way to get kids ready to play classic Scrabble! Children will love this game board filled with colourful pictures making it fun to match the letter tiles to the words on the crossword style grid. Players move their funny tokens up the score track as they score points. When all of the tiles have been placed on the board, the player with the most points wins! The best part of this game is that it is double sided, growing with your child’s ability. Flip over the board for the more difficult version which enables them to come up with their own words getting them ready for Classic Scrabble.

Number of players: 2+
Brand: Mattel
Age: 6+ years


Pictionary Board Game

No more paper and pencils needed. This all-time classic has gone green, had a refurb and now comes with two erasable markers and white boards to draw on. It also has a new updated pop culture of clues. As with the original, Pictionary promises lots of family fun and laughter. Split into teams and see who is an artist and who isn’t. The guesses can sometimes be as funny and off the wall as the drawings. The box of category cards tells the artist what to draw. Make your way around the board with a throw of the dice each time you get one right. Some cards are All Play increasing the level of competition, and others are solo play cards. Be the first team to get to the finish line to win. Since 1985 Pictionary has been the ultimate party game.

Number of players: 4+
Brand: Mattel
Age: 8+ years


Time Flies

A quick and hilarious board game played in teams – this is fast becoming one of our favourite games for games night because variety is the spice of life. We love how this game offers you a bit of everything – a great mixture between Pictionary, 30 Seconds and Charades.
We love the fact that the categories change throughout the game from drawing to describing and acting out your phrases or words. Get them right and you can move on the board. Get to the final challenge and complete the double turn to prove you are the ultimate champions.
Time flies when you are having fun!

See how Time Flies in this video!

Number of players: 4+
Brand: Piatnik
Age: 8+ years


Sunny Day Pond

A perfect first board game that incorporates puzzle building into the fun. All players work as a team to build the three animal puzzles before the rain comes. Players take turns spinning the spinner and adding puzzle pieces. Finish the puzzles before all of the rain drops are on the board and everyone wins! Sunny Day Pond encourages kids to work together to build their puzzles in a fun way, while helping each other! Skills include spatial planning, colour matching and teamwork.

A cooperative game eliminates stress, builds self-esteem, and teaches kids that playing together can be fun!

Number of players: 1+
Brand: Peaceable Kingdom
Age: 2+


Catch

A great co-operative game for young players, who will have lots of fun with this game of cat and mouse. The cats work together to catch the mouse and win the game. They must surround the mouse on all four sides before it’s able to get to the fence to escape. Each player’s move consists of three steps: roll the dice, move the mouse, move the cats. One dice moves the cats and one moves the mouse. This game requires strategy, cunning and team work to win.

Number of players: 2+
Brand: Peaceable Kingdom
Age: 6+


Guess Who

Guess who is a brilliant game of deduction and is a classic that has stood the test of time. A lovey quick game to connect with your kids whilst having some fun. Guess Who has tabletop style boards. Each player chooses a mystery character and then using yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player’s mystery character, shutting down windows as they go. When they think they know who their opponent’s mystery character is, players make a guess. It is a race between the players to see who can ask the best questions to eliminate the characters as fast as possible. Players can also challenge opponents to a series of games in the Championship Series, where the first player to win 5 games is the Guess Who? champion. The game includes: 2 game boards, 48 face cards, 24 mystery cards and 10 scoring pegs.

Number of players: 2
Brand: Hasbro
Age: 6+

 

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