Thursday, January 15, 2015

Our Favorite Board Games

When winter arrives, board games become a favorite pastime around here. We spend most evenings playing a game. Our cabinet is full to the brim, and yet there are a dozen more games on my wish list. The wonderful thing about games is that the kids are learning while playing and having good quality family time. It is a win-win pastime. Here is a peek into out cabinet and a look at some of our current favorites.

Our Games ~ 

Staxis, Apples to Apples Junior, Blokus, PicWits!, Sequence, Guess Who?, Frank Lloyd Wright blocks (in wood box), Take-Out, Art Shark, Q-bitz, Borderline, Chess, Swish, Spot It!, and Quiddler.

Clue, Bubble Talk, Game of Life, The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Game, Battleship, Pay Day, Imaginiff, Man Bites Dog, Yahtzee, Travel Memory Game, and Where Art Thou? (an art game).

Gobblet, Uno, Simon Swipe, Sudoku, Squint, Snap Circuits Jr., and The Scrambled States of America.

Games not shown because they are stored down in the basement ~ Scrabble (played often but too big to fit in the cabinet), Risk, GeoDice, Backgammon, and Buzzword.

Our Most Popular Games Currently ~

Swish ~ I bought this game to help with Little Red Riding Hood's vision problems. It is a fun way to get vision therapy into our day. The kids are really very good at this game. I can hardly get any matches while playing with them. Maybe I am the one who needs some vision therapy. Ha!

Gobblet ~ This is a form of tic-tac-toe for smarties. It requires strategy and memory to win the game. I like that it has really quick rounds and can be played a few times in less than 10 minutes. However, I will never win this game if I keep playing it with Tom Sawyer!

The Scrambled United States ~ I finally found a geography game that the kids really like. This is another fast paced game which relies on the players being able to read and find states on the map quickly.

Bubble Talk ~ This is a fun game that is a spin-off from Apples to Apples (which is an all-time favorite around here). Some of the pictures are hilarious.

Blokus ~ This game is also a favorite here. The kids have developed such wonderful spatial relation skills from playing this game.

Squint ~ This is another game that helps with spatial relations and seeing how things can be made in your mind. This game is still hard for us, but we enjoy it.

What are your favorite board games? I am always looking for new ones to add to my wish list!

Blessings, Dawn


  1. My guys LOVE Cluedo, Scrabble and Atlas Adventures, oh, and also The Bird Table Game. We aren't huge game players but these ones are staples in our home.

  2. We love Clue too. Also Ticket to Ride, British Rails, and Castle Panic! Then there are the multiple versions of Monopoly (I think we own 5 different ones), plus 3 or 4 versions of Life. :)

  3. What a collection! Your evenings sound like such a good time. Pea and I enjoy strategy games for the two of us, but as a family hands down winner is charades :)