It is now Autumn and the colder weather is starting to come in. One of the things we like to do in our household is to have family game day which never consist of the old games like Monopoly or Ludo. Here is our top 5 games that you could play with your children.
Zeus on the Loose is a game for 2 to 5 players and states that it is for ages 8 and up but I would say if your child knows how add and can count to 100 then any age can play. The aim of the game is to play a card out of your hand until you reach 100, to win you have to have the Zeus figure on you which you can obtain in various ways; this being making a number in the 10’s time table with the card you play or using some of the special character cards. You play in rounds and who ever first makes it to winning four rounds to spell out the word Zeus wins. This game is both educational and fun, while having the adding up and spelling part you are also trying to win against your opponent so the children sometimes do not realise it is an educational game. It can be sometimes long game which is why this is at our number 5.
Rhino Hero is a game for 2 to 5 players and is for ages 5 and up. This is a card stacking game where in turns you have to make a tower out of the walls and roof cards. The winner is determined by who uses their cards first or if the tower knocks over the person with the fewest cards win. Game play is between 5 and 15 minutes and great filler for a rainy day during other activities. The only reason we have put this as number 4 is we do not currently own but have had fun playing at a game convention. If this is not for you then check out Haba as they make some other great games for children and families.
Dobble is a game for 2 players for ages 6 and up. This is a picture matching game where you will have 8 pictures per card. It is a little bit like a reverse snap game where you have to find one same picture, take it quicker than the opponent and add it to your collection. The person with the most cards a the end of the game is the winner. It is a very fast paced game and can bring great enjoyment to you and your children. We like to get this out regularly as again is very educational and fun game. There are other variants such as Finding Dory and Junior version although this standard one will work with younger players.
Jungle Speed Safari is again a fun fast game. 2 to 4 players and for ages 5 and up. In this you have equal amount of cards face down in front of you and have to turn over quickly so all players see what it is at the same time. This could be an animal;where you have to either get the totems with the food they eat first or mimic what the animal would do; a chameleon where you would have to find something with the same colour and hunter where you can snatch someone else cards unless they have their hand on them first. This game is up there with fun and silly and we love playing this so much as we always end the game laughing. The winner again is determined with who ever has the most amount of cards as you collect them when being winner of the different actions.
Our most favorite family game at the moment is Camel Up or Camel Cup. For 2 to 8 players and recommended is ages 8 plus but we have played with our daughter since she was 5. This is a betting and racing game where you role dice to move Camel meeples around the board then bet on who you think will win and lose. This is done by putting cards down on the winner or loser place, taking betting cards on who you think will win. The winner is determined on who has the most money at the end of the game. It is such a fun game as the role of the dice can change everything and when you think you are winning you may lose everything.
This is our current top 5 family games, most of which you can find at Waterstones, on Amazon or at your local friendly game store. They can all be played in one day for those rainy or cold Autumn/ Winter days and are loads of fun.
Are there any games that you enjoy playing with the family? If so let me know in the comments.