My husband’s family grew up playing board games constantly. (In fact, they still do.) He fondly remembers family game nights as a major part of his childhood, and these are memories we’re aiming to create for our kids, too.
One of the definite benefits of having two kids the same age is that they can play at the same level right off the bat. It has made for a fun family dynamic (even if there have been some tears over learning how to be a “good loser” — a useful life skill!)
This past year we’ve begun acquiring an array of games appropriate for preschoolers, and after Christmas we have a fully stocked household. We’ve got some classics: Chutes and Ladders, Candyland, Sorry!, and Perfection. But our two favorites are by far the below:
Caroline is obsessed with Sequence for Kids and requests that we play it multiple times a day. I like that it actually requires that the kids learn strategy (unlike very simple games like Candyland or Chutes and Ladders). It’s essentially an advanced Connect Four with fun animal cards, including two “wild cards” that help make the strategy fun. Highly recommend. We have spent hours and hours playing this one.
Our second favorite game is Sum Swamp, which as the name indicates is an addition and subtraction game. This is great for practicing budding math skills and helping kids become confident with numbers.
Let me know if you have any game suggestions. What were your favorite games as a kid?
Wishing you all “happy gaming” with your families!