Best Games for Families

What are some of our favorite games for families? Here is a list of our favorites!

1. Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples is a great game for families of kids with all ages because it is a great way of starting conversations and getting to know each other. In fact, according to the University of Michigan, Time Use Study children spend only 45 minutes per week in conversation with any family member! This game will help get families talking and laughing together.

2. Reverse Charades

I love this game! Charades can be a little boring especially for teens. Reverse Charades is a great way to get teens, kids and parents involved over the holidays. I especially love the way this encourages non-verbal communication amongst players—a lost art in the digital age!

3. Spy Alley

Spy Alley is a fun game for ages 8 and up. This one has a really cool premise–players become a spy for their given country and try to uncover their opponents’ identity while keeping their own identity a secret. This is a much more modern and exciting version of Clue–you have to really use deductive reasoning to figure out who is a spy and keep your own identity secret!

4. Say Anything

I love games that get people talking and communicating. This one is hilarious and helps players get to know each other.

5. Settlers of Catan

My sisters and Dad love this game so much they actually travel with it. Great for strategy.

6. Forbidden Island

Ok, this game isn’t very well known, but I LOVE it! I like it because players work together against the game instead of against each other. Better with smaller group 2-4, but so fun!

7. Scrabble

This is, of course, an oldie but goodie. We have to encourage kids to spell–and think, and grow their vocabulary!

8. Backseat Drawing

I love drawing games but this one also encourages communication. Players have to get their partners to guess AND draw (without them knowing what they are drawing) so creative!

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  • http://auntlaya.blogspot.com/ Laya Saul

    Thanks for this great post and great ideas! <3

  • Glenn Sugarman

    Vanessa,

    So sorry I did not get the chance to meet you in Chicago.

    Best regards,
    Glenn
    Sugarman Games, LLC