“Mommy, will you watch me play?” he says. I remind myself that my voice will become his inner voice and that my expressions will later animate the faces of the angel and devil that’ll sit on each of my son’s shoulders while weighing tough decisions.
“Just play, it’ll be fine,” the angel on my own shoulder says while the devil is like “NOOOOO! It’s so boring!”
I smile. “Of course I’ll watch you play,” I say.
I spend the next two hours watching my son dump rocks into a toy garbage truck wishing that it was less boring for me.
As my little boy got older, we began to introduce board games. I had fond memories of playing Scrabble and Hearts with my family around the dinner table and looked forward to similar fun times with my son and husband.
My son wanted to play Candy Land. Over and over.
Not to bash on a classic as I do remember loving it as a kid, but Candy Land is mind-numbingly awful. There is zero strategy involved and the most exciting part of playing is when you get to take a shortcut on Gumdrop Pass because that means you’ll finish more quickly. Of course, finishing quickly means playing again but anything to mix it up a little bit.
Today, my son is old enough to play board games that my husband and I actually enjoy.
Five Awesome Kid-Friendly Board Games that Parents Won’t Hate
#1. PicWits! Board Game
Picwits is hilarious! Although it’s sold for ages 10+, my seven-year-old loves it. Players match a picture card (things, people, events, places) to the judge’s caption card. The judge chooses her favorite.
I’m not sure I’ve ever heard my son laugh as hard as he has playing this game. It was recommended to us from a mom at the bus stop and we’ll always be grateful for the hours of fun we’ve had playing it.
- FAMILY FAVORITE: PicWits from MindWare is a hilarious card game in which every picture is worth a thousand laughs as players try to match their...
- PLAYING THE GAME: Each round is filled with surprising and comical comparisons from a wide range of people, places, things and events.
#2. Jenga Classic Game
Jenga isn’t new but it’s a blast. Once a kid is old enough to have the fine motor coordination to not knock the tower over by breathing, this is one the whole family will enjoy.
Recently, at a family event, we had two games going and made a tournament out of it where the winner of each played one another. Because we had a lot of people to begin with, we created teams of two, rotating turns.
Having teams increased the pressure and the fun because nobody wanted to let his teammate down.
- Pull out a bock without crashing the stack to win at Jenga
- Includes 54 Jenga hardwood blocks, stacking sleeve with instructions
#3. HedBanz Game – Edition may vary
Hedbanz is a guessing game and a good one for varying ages as there’s not much advantage to the more seasoned players. Each person wears a card on her head and has to ask questions to guess what object appears on her card.
Our family likes this one a lot for a quick-moving, entertaining and silly hour after dinner.
- Get ready for the award winning, goofy guessing game of "What am I?" with Hedbanz
- Kids use their heads in more ways than one while asking yes or no questions to figure out if the cartoon on their head
#4. Bounce-Off Game
Bounceoff is perfect for parents who miss playing quarters or beer pong in college. The same concept applies – you bounce a light plastic ball and try to create a pattern on the grid with it.
#5. Otrio Board Game
My son received Otrio as a gift this holiday season, and it’s by far our family’s favorite this year. It combines strategy, simplicity, and is great for all ages.
At first, my husband and I thought we had an advantage over our son because it’s basically a more strategic tic-tac-toe game.
Because there are multiple combinations of circles placed to win, it’s easy to miss an obvious takeover.
We also really like the fact that Otrio can be played with two, three, or four players and is just as fun no matter the number of players.
- Game of racing to arrange circles into a 3-in-a-row pattern
- Otrio is a unique game that is engaging, challenging and beautifully built!
My son enjoys playing Creationary, but for the price, it’s not one of my personal favorites. With the exception of drawing cards to tell him what to build with the game’s Lego pieces, it’s not much different from him using random Legos from broken projects to do his Master Builder stuff.
The above five are the kid-friendly board games my husband and I don’t hate playing with our son, but we realize there are many board games we’ve never tried.
Do you have recommendations? We’d love to hear your favorite kid-friendly board games, whether new, classic, or somewhere between.
Top Rated Ten Kid-Friendly Board Games:
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