Apples to Apples
Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.
What games do you play?
Settlers of Catan
Every once in a while, Bop It or Speed Stacks are pulled off of the shelves, mostly by DD or one of her friends. It's kinda fun to see them with old favourites.
My kids are older - 20 and 17 - but they have been playing all of these games since they were in single digits ages.
My kids are 7 and 10. Games they like that we adults are happy to play with them include Set, Blokus, Gobblet, Connect 4, and chess. We like Bananagrams too, but the kids aren't even close to being competitive with adults yet. (Set, on the other hand, is a great one for kids to play with adults, because once they get the hang of it kids are just as likely to be good at it as adults.)
My favorites were already mentioned, Set and Blokus. Like someone above mentioned, kids can do as well as adults. I also have a huge age range in my kids, and loved games that everyone could genuinely enjoy together.
Not exactly a board game, but we also enjoyed huge jigsaw puzzles. And coloring together - colored pencils were always our favorite. We did some poster size coloring of masterpiece paintings (bought in a tube at art museum gift shops) that I framed and still treasure.
Just thought I would follow up after Friday night. DD had her 17th birthday party. The first part was at a local family-friendly, kinda upscale pool hall. The teens had fun but minors had to leave by 9 p.m. So they all came back here. I thought they would play table tennis and watch a couple of movies on Netflix. Instead they pulled a bunch of board games off the shelves - even the toddler-friendly Guess Who? - and played. Eventually, they turned on a movie but it was fun to see them playing the games.
I keep a few "younger target age" games for visiting nephews and nieces and friends' children. I often wonder if I should declutter and get rid of more of them. After moments like Friday, I'm glad that I haven't.
I have an 8, 9 and 11 year old. My 11 year old does not really enjoy games. However, he is addicted to Magic the Gathering and I play that quite frequently with him. I REALLY like Magic. IT's a fun game. His younger siblings can't play it, though.
Other games we can all play (if I can coerce my son into going us)
Poker (we use small candies for money- like Skittles or M&Ms).
Ticket to Ride
Uno Attack (or Hello Kitty Uno)--- this is our default game and we play this the most
Monopoly Jr (because of my 8 year old)
Step To It
Everyone LOVES Dixit. Dixit is a fabulous game!
Apples to Apples
My 9 year old will play Pastiche with me. I haven't tried teaching it to my youngest, though. And my 11 yr old son would find it boring.
My 8 year old loves word games as much as me (the other two don't like them). And my 8 year old is pretty good! Together we play:
Games we can all play (I have an 8yo and a 5yo):
Card games like War and Go Fish
Trouble (we have a Star Wars version where R2 is in the bubble with the die and makes little robot sounds every time you press it -- so cute!)
(I'm excluding games that I hate playing, like Candyland and Chutes & Ladders)
Games where the 5yo "helps" on a parent's team instead of being her own team:
Card games like Golf, Speed, and Canadian Gin
Okay, I have to confess that I don't know any of these games except Memory .
is it weird that we dont really play games?
its just the two of us. when dd was younger we did games then but now not so much except on trips or with family. even then its mostly memory games, charades and pictionary.
maybe i should pick up a couple and see if we could play. though we have such busy lives that making time for board games is a stretch (esp. when the weather is nice now and there are neighborhood children to play with).
We have a bunch of old ones from when we grew up:
Junior Executive-- an old Monopoly-like game made for kids in the 1950's. This one was my dad's.
We also like these:
Crazy 8's or Uno
Chutes and Ladders
Chuck-it Chicken ( something silly grandma picked up)
Trivial Pursuit LOTR movie edition
DD1 wants to learn to play rummy finally. She used to not want to play anything with the plain deck of cards!