I love my girls. I love their smiles. I love to spend time with them. I love to hear their giggles. I love to watch them grow & learn & play.
I just don’t like to do it with them.
Most children’s games are mind-numbingly boring for grown-ups. I prefer to find childlike ways to include them in my grown-up activities. I’m teaching my oldest to cook. I take my middle child to the grocery store—skipping through the parking lot, racing our carts & playing games along the way. I’m introducing my youngest to all the classics—Star Wars, especially.
But board games? I can’t wait until they’re old enough for Taboo, Catch Phrase & Risk. In the meantime, though, here are a few of our favorite children’s games that don’t completely suck:
- Jenga: Even the youngest children can enjoy stacking the wooden blocks. As they grow, you can teach them the actual rules & get competitive with the towering blocks.
- Hullabaloo: This is my all-time favorite children’s game. It’s combination Twister, Simon Says and totally goofy! Lorelai has been playing this game (solo, frequently) since she was only 2—and she can usually get Stacia to play with her. It’s honest to goodness fun for all ages.
- Yahtzee: There are junior versions of the game designed for preschoolers, but they can have a lot of fun rolling the dice even if they don’t get the full concept. We’ve been playing Yahtzee for years, and my kids actually prefer the regular edition to their Disney Princess game.
- Whoonu: I guess I could have just listed Cranium games because they’re always a lot of fun. This one is for older kids, but it’s a great way to get inside their heads and learn about them.
What’s your favorite game to play with the kids?