Hoot Owl Hoot was one of the first games we bought for N when he was just 3. It’s a cooperative game that’s perfect for introducing a little age appropriate nail biting tension without focusing on who wins or loses. This makes it particularly good for playing with kids who may be prone to falling… Read More Hoot Owl Hoot – a perfect little cooperative preschool starter game
We were absolutely thrilled to find Kingdomino in our Board Games Crate subscription. Kingdomino is great for introducing kids to tile laying games. It’s a reasonably quick game (15-20 Minutes), and simple to learn and play straight away. Most importantly, it’s fun and challenging for the whole family to play together! How to play: Kingdomino… Read More Kingdomino – competitive kingdom building on a smaller scale.
Eye Found It: Star Wars is one incarnation from a series that also includes Disney, Despicable Me and Journey Through Time versions. It is, in essence, Where’s Wally (a.k.a. Where’s Waldo) turned into a board game. It works much better than I anticipated and perfect for keen eyed younger players. How it plays: Each player… Read More Eye Found It: Star Wars Review
For Christmas I was given a short subscription to Board Games Crate. Retro Loonacy was one of the games we received. I’m not sure I would have picked it up myself so I’m glad it was chosen for us because it is great for young kids. Our edition is ‘Retro’, cue lots of ‘what’s that?’… Read More Retro Loonacy – a fast paced nostalgic matching game.
We can’t have a family games blog without mentioning UNO. Created over 40 years ago (1971) and popular all over the world, I doubt there’s many reading this that haven’t played it in their youth. We certainly did. What makes UNO such a family favourite is that it’s so easy to pick up and play… Read More UNO! – a classic card game that’s still as good as I remembered from my childhood!
I love this game. It’s my personal favourite because I love spatial puzzles. We picked up Labyrinth when N was 4 because he was really interested in mazes. The level of spatial thinking and visualisation of what will happen when parts of the maze moves means it’s definitely not one to play when kids are… Read More Labyrinth Review
This is currently our favourite family game. N loves Super Mario. He has access to our old Nintendo Wii and often plays a few hours of Mario Kart and Mario and Sonic at the Olympics at the weekend or when his uncle comes round to compete. So when he saw Monopoly Gamer it immediately went… Read More Monopoly Gamer Review- this is not Monopoly, it’s way more fun!
Too Many Monkeys is probably the game we play most after Dobble. It’s fast paced, easy for kids to play straightaway, and although it’s a chance based game, which makes it great for mixed aged play, it never becomes dull or frustrating. Its secret is in its fast rhythm and the possibility that everything could… Read More Too Many Monkeys Review- fast paced family fun!
Sleeping Queens is a great little game by Gamewright. It’s one of the first of the more complex games we bought for N that he started playing while he was still 3. At its core it’s a simple card draw game but the artwork is gorgeous and makes it very easy to explain the game… Read More Sleeping Queens Review
Dobble is a great example of a perfect family game. It’s adaptable so can be played competitively across different ages and abilities. It can accommodate multiple players (limited only by how many you can get round the table or the floor). It’s quick to play (less than a minute a round). On top of that… Read More Dobble- the perfect fast paced family game.