Bonding time for family is a must. It is the time where the family spends together meaningfully and wonderfully. This is a designated time your family plans to interact with each other over a group of activities or a major fun project. These bonding activities could be anything like traveling abroad, going to a resort, or just simply playing a board game for kids. As long as the family can interact with each other, it’s okay!
Speaking of playing, do you know that engaging kids with strategy games such as board games can improve their thinking skills? Yes, that is definitely true! Try something new on your next game night. These family-tested picks from Parents.com are the best of the year!
1. Sophie’s Seashell Scramble
Matching-game enthusiasts will love this twist on the classic brain-builder. Kids use Sophie, an oh-so-cute otter figurine, to pick up shells and match them with the patterns on their cards.
The word game Anaxi requires serious creativity. Players race to write down things that share the qualities of at least two out of three adjectives. “There were lots of laughs over what we came up with,” one mom said.
3. Monopoly Ultimate Banking
Wheelers and dealers will love the upgrades to this Monopoly classic: A battery-powered banking unit scans property and credit cards, transfers money, and keeps track of your wealth. Because who carries cash anymore?
4. Silly Street
Get ready to giggle as you roar, karate chop, and fish-kiss! Players in Silly Street choose cards that tell them to do something silly to move down the block of this colorful ’hood. Whoever gets to the end first wins.
5. Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun!
Dr. Seuss’s troublemaking pals create a mess as they spin through the 3-D house. Players in Whirly Fun! hurry to clean it up as Mother gets close to the front door. “My son begged to play the game over and over!” our tester told us.
6. The Heroes of Kaskaria
Heroes of Kaskaria set off for the lair of evil trolls to recover stolen treasure. If you play your cards right, you’ll find more gold and ultimately the coveted magic amulet, making you the winner. “My son loved counting his gold pieces at the end!” one mom noted.
What a dastardly idea! Each player in Suspicion is a world-class jewel thief pocketing precious gems during a masquerade party at the estate of art-collector Baron Whitetooth. Your mission: Unmask the other crooks before they catch you!
8. Top That!
It’s time to make some magic! Each person gets a set of stacking pieces in a top hat. Someone flips a challenge card, and players get to work stacking pieces as shown on the card. The first to do it shouts “Top that!” and gets a point. Whoever has the most points after all the cards are used wins.