Tried & True: Simple Box Games for Your Multi-Age Family | Chicago North Shore Moms

They say the brain is like a muscle – use it or lose it!  That said, I think most will agree that holiday breaks this year will involve a big break from remote learning school work… We are spent!   While we know some of that time will be spent on Kindles, IPads and gaming systems because we’re ultra realistic, we hope that some will be spent enjoying family time that consists of flexing those big brains too!

We’ve rounded up a few classic favorites along with some that might be new to your family- all that have proven easy and fun for a wide rage of ages in a family!

 

Pengoloo & Gobblet Gobbler 

We love these two games from amazing company Blue Orange for so many reasons.  The pieces are wooden, sturdy & last through even the toughest kid-play!  The biggest reason to love these two games though is because they can both be played at a very basic, starter level, and made harder by a few options in the rules for a more challenging game.  Pengoloo is more of a memory game, and Gobblet Gobbler is all about strategy- both are a lot of fun for ages 4+!

 

Jenga by Hasbro

Strategy and small motor skills is the name of the game. My kids are always trying new ways to get the tower higher. With the weather being nicer than “normal” try Jenga Outdoor. Hint: there are other less expensive  brands you can find for the outdoor version.

 

Spot It! by Blue Orange Games

Blue Orange does it again!  This card game is simple, easy to play, easy to figure out and requires everyone to focus just a bit. There are so many awesome versions of this game now so check ’em out. Watch out mamas, the kiddos’ are usually much better at this game – see what you think!

 

Family Bingo by Regal Games

I absolutely love this bingo set because relatively speaking it’s mess-free. The cards have sliders instead of chips and the cage keeps the balls contained well. The four-year-old struggled with this one because of the higher numbers but he loved teaming up with with his big sis.

 

 

Slamwich by Gamewright

This card game is a cute take on the card game War (so tired of that game…). Slamwich gets everyone focused and it’s a great stress reliever because it offers everyone a chance to slap – not each other! We take this game on all of our trips.

 

Don’t Break the Ice

This is a classic from our childhood that kids still love!  It takes strategy and logic, and kids just love banging the hammer on the ice and putting back together again!  This is meant for 3yrs +, but kids as old as 10 will enjoy this super quick game with a younger sibling.

 

Bingo the Puppy 

This is a take on classic bingo, made simple and fun with Dalmatian spots.  Little ones will love playing a game with older family members that they feel confidant in!

 

 

Connect 4 by Hasbro

An oldy but goodie. Younger kids grasp that they needs 4 in a row, but might need a bit of help when it comes to strategy.  Mostly the little ones just love the plunking and crashing sounds that this game offers. Hey – whatever it takes, right?!

 

Stack Up

Stck Up is a cooperative block game that focuses on working as a team, balance, counting and fine mother skills.  Agin, this is geared towards 3+, but it’s a game where siblings can enjoy working together to stack the blocks!

 

Hedbanz by Spin Master

Super cute take on the classic game of charades. Most of us have seen this game as Heads Up! which became super popular thanks to Ellen Degeneres. This game can be played by almost any age even though it states ages 7+. My four-year-old understood the simple rules and enjoyed being successful while the other two just love the competition. Of course some of the images the little one doesn’t know so we just skip those.

 

And one more just because…

Uno by Matel

This one seems obvious but… it really is an oldie but goodie & a favorite game for both of our families through multi generations!
Again, it’s totally a game that kids of all ages can play together, with simple math and simple rules. Go ahead and get yourself a new pack because you know you’re missing tons of cards from that original addition you saved from childhood 🙂

 

 

We hope these suggestions are helpful with- what in the world am I going to do this winter with the kids home and everything closed?!

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