Do you know what this week is? Well, yeah, of course it’s Thanksgiving, but besides that. It’s National Game and Puzzle Week.
Yeah, for real – and what better week? Most of us will be spending more time than usual with friends and family. After Thanksgiving dinner, instead of a nap, why not pull out your favorite games and enjoy some family time?
To that end, I thought I’d give you some family game ideas by sharing my Top 10 Favorite Games.
1. Clue. I am the long-reigning Clue champion among my friends and family. I’m not sure if I’m disappointed or proud that I have trained my young Padawan oldest daughter well and now she regularly beats me.
2. Aggravation. The Aggravation board on which we play is one that my husband brought with him, minus marbles and dice, when we married over 24 years ago. Josh doesn’t care for it and Brianna will only play sometimes, but Brian, Megan, and I love playing and are very competitive.
3. Skip-Bo. We can get most everyone to play Skip-Bo with us, too. It’s a fairly simple card game for players around 8 and up.
4. Phase 10. Another card game we really enjoy is Phase 10. It’s similar to rummy, another of my favorites, but each phase has a different goal and only the first to complete that phase moves on to the next. The first player to complete all 10 phases wins.
5. Yahtzee. I’ve loved Yahtzee since I was a kid playing it with my mom and step-dad. It’s also one of those games that lets you sneak in a little math in a fun way.
6. Scrabble. Okay, I listed Scrabble because it’s one of my favorites and I love to play if I can get someone to play with me – which I usually can’t. I can get some folks to play Words with Friends, so that’s just about as good. Still, I thought I’d mention Scrabble in case you’ve got more word nerds in your family than I do.
7. Chinese checkers. My paternal grandmother was the Chinese checkers queen. We used to play all the time at her house when I was a kid and I still love the game today.
8. Guesstures. A fast-action, charade-type game, Guesstures is one of our family favorites. It’s usually girls against the guys with plenty of good-natured smack talk.
9. Pictionary. Pictionary tops our list of family favorites, too – except we never play the way you’re supposed to. We use the cards and play Win-Lose-or-Draw-style on the dry erase board.
10. Uno Attack. If you like Uno, you’ll love Uno Attack. It’s so much fun – well, expect when you’re about to go out and it shoots about a dozen cards out at you, but other than that…
So, there you go – my family’s top 10 games to play. Now, go forth and enjoy National Game and Puzzle Week with your family!
What are some of your family’s favorite games to play together?
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