15 Favorite Kids Games

Tis the season for time inside and our family loves to play games together.  I thought it would be fun to share our favorites so that it might inspire you as you make your wish lists and shopping lists this holiday season.

Speaking of which, on Friday, I shared 10 things you can do in November to prepare for Christmas Shopping for presents was on the list and games make great gifts.   If you have a favorite game, please share in the comments.  You always have the best recommendations!

1.  Hullabaloo

If you are looking for a great game for preschool+, this is the game.  It comes with little pads that you step on when the prompted tells you to go to a specific item like an animal, color or shape.  Lucy loves to play with us too!  It doesn't take too long either and its a great wiggle release!

2.  Snipe

The object of this game is to hide your opponent's snipe creature and then be the first to find your snipe and return it to the nest. The creatures begin to chirp and then light up as time passes.  It can be played one on one or as teams and inside and outside.  This is a great party game and great for ages 2+.

3.  Ticket to Ride First Journey

We love Ticket to Ride, now there is a kid version.  Collect colored train cards and build to claim your route.  The first person to claim 6 routes win.  Solon loves to play this game.  Ages 6+. 

4.  Catan Junior

Once again we love the adult version, Settlers of Catan.  In this version you are earning commodities with the roll of a dice and then trading them in to build ships and lairs.  The first person to build all their lairs wins.  

5.  Sequence for Kids

Are you sensing a theme?  We love Sequence but now there is Sequence for kids.  Collect cards and work to place your chips on the board.  When you get 4 in a row, you win!

6.  Memory

A great classic family game that never goes out of style.  If you have younger kids, you can modify by just pulling out 1/4 to 1/2 the matching cards.  You will be surprised how good your kids are at remembering!

7.  Hot Potato and Hot Potato for the water

Push the hot potato and then pass them either shouting the person's name or in a circle.  The person holding the potato when it buzzes and they are out!

8.  Uno, Uno Spin and Uno Attack

9.  Spot It and Spot It Junior

Spot It is a fast paced matching game. Place a circle card in the middle and then distribute the rest of the cards to the players.  Then each player flips a card and races to yell the matching animal their card has to the one in the middle. Play continues until a player runs out of all their cards.

10.  Old Maid

11.  Qwixx

A fun dice game where you are crossing off numbers and working to fill your card.  Kids young and old will like this fast paced fun game.

12.  Crazy Mates

A pirate version of the classic crazy 8's.  You can''t help but say "ARRRRGH!" when you play!

13. Go Fish

14.  Moose in the House

Each player gets a set of cards and they try to place them on their opponent's area and then fill their opponent's area with a moose.  The person with the most moose loses!

15.  Bellz

Take turns trying to grab your bells (of various sizes) with a magnet wand.  The first person to get them all wins.  You can't grab any bell but your own so you have to be careful!  It's harder than it looks.

Here are a few more honorable mentions --



Rivers, Roads and Rails


Left, Center, Right


These are on our Christmas Wishlist -- 

Kids Charades




Games are a great family gift and some of these would sneak right inside a stocking.  If you are traveling, some of these will fit right into your suitcase.  All these games are sure to create laughter, fun and some special family time with those you love.  What are your favorite kids games?  On Wednesday, I will be sharing our favorite kids books to read! Come on back and check it out!

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