We play games at least once a week at our house. It's a great way to bring the whole family together. I put together this gift guide for kids who loves games to help you find the perfect game for the kids in your family. My kids range from 2-13 and there is something on this list for everyone.
Some of the games have been given to us as presents and some of them we have bought ourselves. All of them have been well loved. In no particular order of preference I am sharing some of our favorite games that we come back to over and over again.
10 Games for kids ranging from 2 to 13 years old
1. Black sheep- This is a 2-4 person game and I would say that it's best for kids age 6-10. This is a fairly simple game to set up and learn. You have 3 squares that are set out on the table with a different colored barn on each side. Players choose a color and then play on each barn (3 cards total) that is their chosen color. The goal is to collect as many barn animals as possible by laying out the cards that match little figurines that are placed on the 3 squares. It's fun for the kids to physically collect the miniature animals and to put them in their own "corral" card to add up at the end of the game. This game does take a while to play and is more complex than a game of uno, but for your game loving kids, it is sure to be a hit!
2. Sleeping Queens- This is a game for 2-5 players. The recommendation on the box is for 8 and up, but my 4 and 6 year old have also played it with just a little bit of help. My 13 year old loves it as well so it's a great game for them to play together. Every person is dealt a hand of cards that have different functions. The goal is to play your cards to try and collect the most "Sleeping Queens". It's a fun and fast paced game that is really simple to learn once you know the functions of each specialty card. It teaches math and reasoning skills all in the name of fun!
3. Spot it- You can have 2-6 players for this game. Again, our younger kids play this game with no problem so I say 3 years and up can play it. This is one of the first games that we bought to play with our oldest. It's such an easy game to pick up on. There are different variations to the game but basically each player shows a card and tries to "spot" the item that is the same on each card. I have seen a lot of different variations of this game crop up, but we are still going strong with the original version and our kids still playing it.
4. Apples to Apples: Disney Version- This game can be played by 3-8 players. Again, my younger kids have enjoyed playing it (with a little help from mom). So I'd say that the age range is 4 and up. Basically everyone gets a set of cards and has a turn to pick out a descriptive card. Every other player has to pick one of their cards that would describe that card and the person chooses their favorite. Then the person whose card is chosen gets to keep the descriptive card. The winner is the person who collects the most cards. You can keep the game short by determining how many cards must be collected. Our kids NEVER get tired of this game and they are now at a point where they can play it without me (which is good because I have played it so much that I've considered hiding it).
5. Five Crowns- This game can be played by 2-7 players. Yet again, I think that younger kids can play, but it is definitely most suited to older kids. So, the recommended range of 8 and up is probably fairly accurate. My 6 year old plays with us, but I wouldn't say she's the typical 6 year old. Each round you add an extra card to your hand and that card is now a wild. Try to lay down your runs and sets first so that you don't accumulate points. The winner has the least number of points (cards face value) at the end of the 11 rounds. This game takes a while to play but it's always been a winner in our family.
6. Rudolph Red Nosed Reindeer- This game can be played with 2-4 players. The box says age 8 and up, but I actually think it's better for kids age 4-8. It's a mix of Candy Land and Shoots and Ladders. Each character tries to travel from start to finish and along the way they might land on a Rudolph space and have to play a card or they might find themselves on a Candy Cane Pole that takes them to a different spot on the board. Even though it's a Christmas themed game, my 4 and 6 year old's love to play this game year round.
7. Sorry-This game can be played by 2-4 players. It is recommended for kids 6 and up. It's a classic game for a reason. The rules are simple and the goal is simple- get all your pieces into home base first. The easy rules and simple set up make this game one that we have played a lot and will continue to play for years to come.
8. Pandemic- This game can be played by 2-4 players and the age range is 10 and up. This game is definitely geared toward older kids and adults. One of the reasons I like this game so much is because the players work together to beat the board. The goal is to rid the world of the pandemic before it takes over the world. Each player has a different role that contributes to the overall success of the team. My teenager loves to play this game. It definitely takes a practice round or two to figure out all the rules, but it's well worth the effort!
9. Disney Hedbanz- This game is for 2-6 players. The recommended age is 7-11, but I think it is best suited for 4-8 year olds. This game is a fun twist on a classic ice breaker game. Each person puts on a headband and then they put a character card facing away from them. By asking yes or no questions they figure out which card is on their forehead. My younger kids really love this game. Even the 2 year old likes to get in on the fun by wearing a headband and holding some cards.
10. Crocodile Dentist- This game is for 1-4 players and they recommend that it is for ages 4 and up. I think it's perfect for ages 2 and up though. It's a fun and silly game for young children. You start by opening up the crocodile mouth and then each players pushes down a tooth until they find the one that triggers the crocodile to bite down. The anticipation is almost palpable as each player pushes down a tooth. It's one of the favorite games for my 2 and 4 year old's.
Do you like having gift guides to give you ideas for presents? What are some of your families favorite games to play? I'd love to hear from you and if you want to share a picture on Instagram of your favorite game or if you try one of these games and like it as much as we do. Make sure to add #peachtreedr so I can see what you and your family like.
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