Games are a perfect pastime for parents to share with kids. However, some of the standard games marketed toward kiddos make for dull entertainment for parents. Especially when played over and over again. One can only take so much Candy Land and Go Fish!
To save fellow parents from monotonous family time, I have compiled a list of the 10 best kid games that are interesting enough for parent participation. You’ll find the first 5 listed below. Be sure to check out More of the Best Kid Games That are Also Fun for Parents to see the rest of my picks.
Let the games begin!
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Recommended for Ages 5 – 9
This is a sweet game based on a folk story about hungry travelers that convince the people of a village to each share a portion of their food to create a meal that everyone can enjoy. Sharing is a hard concept for most kids, so I love that this story and game frame sharing in a positive light.
Stone soup is a memory-matching game, so it is easy to learn. It is a cooperative game meaning all players work together to win the game. This is a great introductory game for kiddos that struggle with winning and losing gracefully. Stone Soup is also great for developing team-building and memory skills for kids, and the game’s unique twists make it far more interesting for adults to play than other memory-matching games.
The game itself is made with very high-quality material. The board and pieces are thick and sturdy, so this game can stand up to some abuse from the littles. The artwork is also very appealing and colorful. All in all, this one is a winner.
Recommended for Ages 6+
Slamwich is the Gamewright version of Egyptian Rat-Screw. But with a sandwich theme, so way more delicious. For those of you that did not grow up playing Egyptian Rat-Screw, think Slap-Jack, but with some variations.
Slamwich is a fast-flipping card game where certain combinations of cards trigger a slap response. Winning the game requires the collection of all of the sandwich cards. In addition to the good old-fashioned fun this game offers, it assists in developing pattern recognition. And kids get a kick out of racing to be the first person to slap when prompted.
This game comes in a mini metal lunchbox which is such a cute, novel idea. The cards are all shaped like pieces of sandwich bread. Expect to see standard sandwich toppings such as tomato, lettuce and bacon. Some fun and unexpected sandwich fixins include gummy worms and sardines. Who wouldn’t love a gummy worm and sardine sandwich?!
One of the unique aspects of this game is that is designed for 2-6 players. Most games accommodate up to 4 players, so it is refreshing to have a game option for bigger families.
Recommended for Ages 8+
We are a family of gamers, so each year, the girls receive a new game under the Christmas tree. Sleeping Queens was one such Christmas gift, and thus began our love of games produced by Gamewright.
My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed this game despite how easy it was to learn. And the girls immediately fell in love with this game. At the time of purchase, our youngest was 6 and our oldest was 8. Even so, our 6-year-old had no problem picking up the basics and keeping up with the rest of us while playing.
The basic object of the game is to wake up the most queens. A lot of the game is based on the luck of the draw, but there is enough strategy involved to keep things interesting for kids and adults alike.
There is also a math element to the game making it a great learning tool for basic addition. As our girls have gotten older, we have incorporated some house rules allowing the use of subtraction, multiplication and division.
The coolest aspect of Sleeping Queens is that it was invented by a 6-year-old! I love the positive message this sends to kids. You’re truly never too young to create something magical and make a difference!
Recommended for Ages 8+
Sushi Go! by Gamewright is super simple to learn. It’s a pick-and-pass card game where each player picks one card from their hand and then players pass the remaining cards to the player on their left. The goal of the game is to score the most points by creating the best combination of sushi dishes.
This is a fast-paced game, and since everyone’s hand is changing with every turn, players of all ages are on pretty even ground. This game is great to play with younger kiddos because they can win just as easily as older kids and adults. It helps build confidence and creates an opportunity to teach the importance of being a gracious and humble winner.
The cards have a nice feel to them and aren’t super flimsy which is nice, especially for a kid game. The illustrations are incredibly sweet, adorable and colorful. There is also a version that accommodates up to 8 players which is a nice change of pace for bigger families!
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Recommended for Ages 8+
Go Nuts for Donuts is another Gamewright game. Now, I know what you must be thinking, but I promise you, Gamewright is not endorsing this post in any way, shape or form. Their games are just that good.
We honestly haven’t played a Gamewright game yet that we haven’t all enjoyed, kids and adults alike. Because of this great track record, we purchase at least one new Gamewright game each year without hesitation. The hardest part is deciding which one to try next!
Like Sushi-Go!, Go Nuts for Donuts is a great confidence-building game for kids due to the ease of winning the game for players of all ages. Each turn begins with a collection of donuts on a ‘tray’. Each player secretly selects the number of the corresponding donut they want. Then everyone reveals their selection at the same time. If 2 or more players select the same donut, that donut is discarded and no one gets that donut! The player with the most points at the end wins.
The cards in this game are colorful and cute as a button. The donut concept of the game is a winning concept with kids. Gotta love sweet, colorful donuts!
This is another game that supports up to 6 players.
What are some of your tried-and-true family games? Let me know in the comments!
Don’t forget to check out More of the Best Kid Games That are Also Fun for Parents to see my other top picks for kid games!
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