If you're looking for a family activity that doesn't involve screens or leaving the house, then a family board game is a perfect choice. They can be fun and educational while promoting strategy and cooperation. Above all, they can be the ideal way for your family to spend quality time together.
We chose Catan the Board Game by Catan Studio Store as our favorite family board game. It's easy to learn, has a structured learning curve, and can be played repeatedly. We've also put together a top 10 list for you to consider and created a handy buying guide to help you make your choice!
We've searched Amazon and more to find the best family board games available. We've picked a variety of games, so no matter what you're looking for, we have a family board game for you!
Catan Studio Store
Days of Wonder
Catan The Board Game
Latice Hawaii Family Board Game
Ticket To Ride - Europe
Trekking the National Parks
Structured for Beginners and Changes With Each Play
Popular With All Ages
Easy to Learn and Can Be Expanded
A Fast-Moving Game With a Beautiful Theme
Beautiful Artwork and Challenging Gameplay
A Long Game That is Easy to Learn
Sturdy Game Pieces and an Ever-Changing Game
Players Work Together in a Challenging Game
Well-Designed and Popular With Disney Fans
A Board Game That's Educational and Fun
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Before buying a family board game, there are a few points you should consider. Take a look at our buying guide below to find out what they are!
You don’t want to buy a board game that will exclude people, so make sure any game you buy can support the number of players you need. If the number of players is likely to vary, look at the board games that can support a wide variety of players and will work just as well with two players as they will with twelve.
Another option is to look at board games that can be played in teams. That way you can accommodate large numbers of players and if you mix the ages in the groups, younger players won’t be at a disadvantage!
Playing a game as a family should be a time full of laughter and smiles and some board games are better designed for this than others. Some board games will ask you to do silly actions, such as gestures or drawings, and these can be the source of much laughter. Others find their fun in purposely targeting players and causing them to lose.
Before you purchase a family board game, consider the personalities in your family and what people are likely to react to best. Shy family members might not find gesture games to be fun, whereas others won’t like being made to lose by their family.
Whether a game is too long or too short will depend on your family members. Young children may not have the attention span to play a game for hours on end and even adults can get bored after a couple of hours!
If your family struggles to watch a movie without checking their phones or fidgeting, you may want to choose a game with a shorter playtime! You always have the option of playing more than once if it is too short. Longer games can be more immersive and fun if you’re able to dedicate the time and attention required to play them.
Something else to consider is how long it will take to understand the game the first time you play it. Look at buyer reviews to see if the game is quick and easy to play or if you need to understand and learn pages of instructions first. This will all add to how long it takes to get through your first playthrough.
If you're still unsure after looking at reviews, you can take a look at YouTube. Many game manufacturers provide instructions for their games in the form of YouTube videos and you can find videos from people who have played the game. These videos will allow you to see the game in action and make a better judgment.
Some games have a longer lifespan than others. Games that come with consumable items, such as paperwork or some of the messier games, will run out. You may be able to replace these with your own supplies though so check this first.
Other games have a supplied list of prompts - for example, a list of items to draw in Pictionary. Once you’ve gone through the prompts once, the game might lose its shine. However, you can often buy additional packs to prolong the lifespan of these.
Look for games that have an unlimited number of combinations and can be played repeatedly without any repetition. This kind of game can be a feature of your family for years to come!
Board games should be fun, but they can also be educational. They can help people hone various skills, such as deductive reasoning, cooperation, or dealing with finances.
These kinds of skills can be used in many different aspects of life so it’s good to find a board game that gives family members - especially children - more opportunities to practice them. At the same time, you don’t want to choose a board game that utilizes skills any children have yet to encounter.
If you've had your fill of family board games but are still looking for a fun challenge, we have more recommendations for you! Games aren't just for families and they don't have to be on boards either so we've picked a wide variety of games for you to choose from.
We found that the best family board games have the right number of players for your family. They should be easily understood by everyone that is playing while still posing a challenge. Most importantly, they should be fun!
We hope that whatever game you choose for your family brings you hours of enjoyment and laughter.
Author: Kellie Lacey
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