As a parent of two children a few years apart, choosing a game for family night can be tricky. Here are some games that are fun, require little “rule-learning” curve, and are great for just about any age.
A tried and true favorite, Candy Land accommodates four players (you could even add players and not compromise the integrity of the game) and is VERY easy to learn. Each player flips a card and moves ahead to their color. This game can take upwards of a half an hour, but younger players are as likely to win as old.
Sorry! is a simple game that has four players. A roll of the die sends a player forward and sometimes back. Basic counting skills and the ability to take turns are all that’s required.
Hungry Hungry Hippo
It looks like a baby game, however I’ve known a Grandpa or two that can get crazy with this one. The game has four ‘hippos’ and the goal is to munch as many marbles as possible into the Hippo’s mouth. Your family will be rolling on the floor laughing after one hilarious round.
Let’s go fishing
Each player is given a fishing pole and required to ‘catch’ fish as they spin on the battery operated pond. Younger players develop and practice hand eye coordination and older players can challenge themselves using their other hands or even toes!
Chutes and Ladders
Another game that can have more than four players, Chutes and Ladders helps kids learn accept rewards and consequences and take turns.
The little popple device to roll your die in the middle of the board makes this game fun and different for all ages. Even the littlest of kids can count their spaces and win this tried and true favorite.
Remove a block from the stack and place on the top, this game is an instant bang. Make a mistake and the whole tower comes crashing down. Great for little and big kids learning hand eye coordination and parents trying to master their stacking skills.
Great for rainy days, this game requires your family to get up and move. A spinner chooses the color and body appendage (arm, leg) and players attempt to place them on the mat. Last player left standing wins.
A slightly modified version of the game Monopoly, the Junior has easier directions, single bank notes for easy payments, and kid friendly properties (ice cream shop, yum!).
A regular old deck of cards will suffice with this easy and quick favorite. The deck is divided evenly among any number of players, and each takes her turn flipping the top card into one middle pile. If the card is a Jack, first player to slap it with their hand takes all underlying cards. The game continues until one player has them all.