Playing games together is a great alternative to screen time. Check out these well-loved suggestions gathered from real families like yours! Then tell us your favorites!
Perfect for Preschoolers
Life on Earth matching game from Eeboo. Isn’t it beautiful?
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel — darling and super popular with small fry.
Busytown — an I-spy-it favorite of many families.
Uno — Do not forget the basics. This game has serious staying power!
Go Fish — ditto. There are a bajillion varieties of this card game. This one matches babies and parents.
Penguin bowling — Not a board game, but does this look fun, or what?
Ages 5 and up:
Orchard — a classic from Germany with charming game pieces. Everything Haba makes is beautiful.
Who Am I? — I watched some people demo this game and it looks like tricksy fun! Comes in a keen little tin.
Knuckling Knights — This looks like a riot. Watch those knights come tumbling out of the keep!
Outfoxed — Get your detective groove going. Cooperative games offer a clever change of pace.
Labyrinth — One of our family’s favorites. Younger players will need help with this one.
Best for ages 9 through adult
Codenames — Awesome mental-gymnastics game for adults and kids to play together.
Concept — Hands down our favorite new family game in 2017. We have invented many ridiculous variations of it as well.
Colorku — This is Sudoku played with colored balls. Looks like a great game for solitary play.
Don’t forget the jigsaw puzzles!
Four Seasons — four little puzzles for preschoolers
Construction Site — All of Mudpuppy’s puzzles have tantalizing designs.
Fairy Garden — so pretty 🙂
Rainforest — This puzzle glows in the dark! Extreme coolness.
Hot Dogs A-Z — Now we’re into puzzles for the whole family to build together. This one’s got 1000 pieces of brilliance for dog-lovers!
Farm Calendar — The New York Puzzle Company carries so many gorgeous puzzles. If this isn’t your style, follow the link and choose another.