Today I’m going to share some of our favorite games. We have several friends who recommend games to us, but in case you don’t know our fabulous friends, I’ll share some of their recommendations here.
For all ages:
Quirkle is a tile-based game, in which you build interlocking rows of tiles based on color and shape. Think scrabble for non-readers. The variations are interesting enough that readers enjoy it, too.
Dixit (think balderdash with images) is a game of picture cards. One person says a word or phrase which describes their card and lays their card face down. Everyone else chooses the card from their hand which best fits the word/phrase, and then everyone votes for which card was the original namer’s card. I just bought an expansion pack with more images.
Pictureka is an I-Spyesque game which my younger kids love.
How to describe Snorta– barnyard war with memory, perhaps? This one always has us laughing.
Spoons. All you need is a deck of cards (which doesn’t have to be complete) and a handful of spoons. A classic.
For the older crowd:
UNO, Phase 10, and MilleBornes are all card games which require enough dexterity to hold a bunch of cards in your hand, but we come back to them again and again.
Timeline is a newer game, with versions based on historical events, science, or entertainment. There are just enough odd events (the invention of the cartoon, anyone?) to give the kids a chance against my historian dad.
Settlers of Catan. I love this game and have been known to put the littles to bed early so we can play it.
Ticket to Ride is a strategy geography game, in which you race around the country (or around Europe or Asia) on the railroads to build the most routes.
Your turn! Please leave your favorite family games in the comments. (But please don’t say Risk. I hate Risk.)