Take your next family game night and turn it into something where everyone can be included. There are the traditional board games that we all know and love, like Monopoly Jr. and Snakes and Ladders, but in our home game collection, we wanted to create hands on games that build preschool skills, cooperative board games where we’re all working together and games that are fun to play, entertaining the kids to create memories of games night, for years to come. Here are some of our favourite games to get little kids involved in family game night –
Igloo Mania | This fun game is all hands on deck, as you try to remove the blocks of ice from the Igloo without making the whole thing come down. It’s one that made it to the top of the games list that I wanted to give the girls for Christmas, and I can imagine is going to be filled with hours and hours of giggles and fun.
Slamwich | The game that started it all, with all new cards in a special collectable lunch box tin. flip and stack this clever loaf of cards to build slamwiches and double deckers. Tomato, cheese, tomato. Slap. get there first and win the pile. But watch out-you’ll have to catch thieves and stop munchers from stealing the stack of cards. When you’re out of cards, you’re out of the game. The first player to collect all the cards wins.
Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco | Spin the spinner to place an order and use the Frankie Squeezer to pick up matching food. Fill your 5-course placemat first, and you win! This is hands down, one of our little kids favourite games to play – and as a bonus, you spend the game learning about different shapes.
Crowded Waters | Players take turns playing one of their game pieces. Connect your game piece to your previous one. If you can’t move, you are out of the game. Last player to play a legal move is the winner.
Dream Cakes | From sprinkles and swirls to ribbons and roses, there’s something for everyone in this super-sweet bakery-inspired game – winning is just the icing on the cake! Players work on multiple cakes at a time – spinning the wheel to determine their pieces, stacking luscious layers and toppers to complete their cakes, and judging finished creations for points. With thousands of possible designs, the game is deliciously different every time you play!
Avalanche Fruit Stand | Avalanche Fruit Stand. Steady…don’t spill the fruit. Spin the wheel, then use the jumbo tweezers to pick or place fruit. Develops fine motor skills, especially the all-important pincer grasp that prepares children for handwriting.
Pancake Pile Up | The stack ’em high, serve ’em up, relay-race game! Order up! It’s a busy day at the diner, so don’t dilly-dally. Help your customers get just what they ordered by racing the other servers to the grill-relay style-and piling up pancakes in precisely the right order. The first player (or team) to find ’em, stack ’em and serve ’em up topped with a pat of butter, wins the game!
Stone Soup | In this simple game, players work together to “cook” a soup by making matches of ingredients. Match all the the ingredients before the fire under the kettle goes out and everyone wins!
Sushi Go | Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Score points for making the most maki rolls or for collecting a full set of sashimi. Dip your favorite nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. But be sure to leave room for dessert or else you’ll eat into your score! Gather the most points and consider yourself the sushi master!
Feed the Whoozle | Chocolate covered flies and hairy pickles? Yummy! The big mouth Woozle is hungry. Can you feed him 12 silly snacks from the spoon before all the snacks are gone? Play together, work together, and have some monstrous fun! Instructions for play include three different game levels so the fun will grow with your child.
Robot Face Race | Help a crazy inventor find the heads he needs to complete his robot bodies in this frantically fun feature-finding game! Shake the Robot Randomizer, then scan the board for the robot head with the matching eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s a frantic feature-finding game that’s fun for the whole family!
Don’t Rock the Croc | Don’t make the crocodile angry! Place the colorful wooden pieces on the croc’s belly and make sure it is always balanced. But be careful, if you are not precise you will end up rocking the crocodile causing the wooden pieces to tumble and you will have to start all over.
Stack Up | In this game, you stack up bricks with other players and try not to have the tower fall over, as you use two sticks to put more bricks on to it. If someone lands on the spinner and has to draw a card, the family has to do something like funny, like stand on one foot or sing Happy Birthday. It’s a funny game, and the kids really enjoy playing it together.
Spot It | Spot It! is a simple, fast-paced game that everyone can see eye to eye on. There are several ways to play Spot It! but the strategy is the same: be the first player to “spot” one of the eight illustrated symbols on your card to the matching symbol on another card. Sounds simple, right? But there is more to this game than meets the eye when you consider that there is only one match for the symbol you are searching for on one of the remaining 54 playing cards. While the matching symbols are the same colour and shape, they may be different sizes.
Pick a Berry | Help harvest the berries from the tree! Divide into 2 teams, select the colour of berry and use the spoon with the same colour to harvest. Each team will take turns to picking a berry without making it fall or move the tree. The team with the most berries is the winner! A fun game that also helps develop fine motor skills.
Pick a Brick | Players take turns picking bricks and removing them from the wall. But be careful not to make the wall collapse as the nesting hen will tumble to the ground. Pick your brick wisely for if you choose the wrong brick and remove it too briskly the hen will fall and you will lose the game.
Tenzi | Roll your way to excitement and fun with Tenzi! Be the first player to get all ten of your dice to show the same number, and shout “TENZI” to win the game!
Crazy Cereal Game | The Crazy Cereal Game is a showdown in a bowl! Grab a spoon and watch as it magically changes colour. Then, dig into the cereal-serving bowl and scoop up pieces of that colour. Cross your fingers for a colour flash free-for-all and collect two pieces at a time. During this all-play game, quickly collect the most cereal pieces to win!
Sequence CATS | Match the cat pictured on your card to one on the gameboard, then place your chip there. When you have 5 chips in a row, it’s a SEQUENCE. Each card also gives an interesting fact about it’s cat. It’s the Purrrrfect SEQUENCE game for cat lovers everywhere!
What are some of your favourite board games to play at home with the kids? We would love if you shared some of your suggestions for family and kid-friendly games to inspire others on family game night!