Family Game Night ~ Our Favorite Games to Gift This Year

Posted on: November 18th, 2014 by

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Family Game Night ~ Our Favorite Games to Gift This Year (3)

 

If you’ve been a Jersey Family Fun fan for some time, you know we love Family Game Night. We’ve long been telling you about some of our favorite games in our family game night series, but this year we thought we’d share with you some news of new games we’ve been introduced to that we think would make kids squeal with excitement if they got them as gifts.  We’ve broken it down by ages. We’ve also listed whether reading is required and if the game is cooperative or competitive play, all in an effort to make it easier for gift givers to find the perfect game to gift this year.

 

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Games For All Ages

Family Charades 1Family Charades In-A-Box

Ages:  4 and up

Number of Players: 4  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Teams compete against each other

Reading Skills: Required on some games. Please read our description.

Retail Price: $26.00

Sample provided by Uncommon Goods

Available for sale on Uncommon Goods and Amazon.

About Family Charades In-A-Box

What I love about Family Charades In-A-Box is that this is actually 6 games in one box, making in the perfect game set for a family with kids at different ages as well as a game that can grow with your family. Included in Family Charades In-A-Box are the games: Picture Charades, Kids Charades, Family Charades, Animal Party, Hollywood Charades, and Time Capsule Charades. In the Picture Charades game for ages 4 and up no reading is required. Players use the picture for inspiration to act out what the picture shows. As you move up to Kids Charades, for ages 7 and up, the charades are easy-to-read and easy for kids to act out without needing parental involvement. In other words this is a great game for the kids as parents are making dinner or trying to attend to other tasks. Things get more challenging with Family Charades for ages 8 and up where you or your child might find yourself acting out how to build a sand castle or grade cheese. In Animal Party, the 10 and older crowd will be acting out wacky animal sayings while Hollywood Charades will have your tweens & teens performing entertainment-themed charades. Finally, the Time Capsule game lets you bring your kids back in time to the 70s, 80s, or 90s. Can you do the moonwalk or act out Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince? This family game night set is definitely one that can grow with any family.

Designed with separate decks that cater to different age groups & includes 3 sand timers (30, 60 and 90 seconds), jumbo die, pencil, score pad, and set of instructions with all the hand symbols you could possibly need! Batteries are not required.

Family Charades 2

 

PallinaPallina

Ages:  3 and up

Number of Players: 2-4  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive as you try to keep all your colored balls from falling

Reading Skills: no reading required

Retail Price: $39.99

Sample provided by Fat Brain Toys

Available for sale on Fat Brain Toys and Amazon.

About Pallina

Develop strategy skills with your kids as you attempt to keep your colorful wooden balls balanced on Pallina’s bamboo sticks. Game play begins with sliding the 20 colorful bamboo sticks through the basket, also made from bamboo, to make a sturdy base. Next, the 16 colorful balls rest on top. Players each select a color: red, blue, yellow, orange. On your turn, pull out bamboo sticks of your color one at a time, but carefully so you don’t drop any of your colored balls. Who ever has the last colored ball still in the basket WINS!

38 pieces are included including the bamboo basket, sticks, and balls. Batteries are not required.

 


 

Games For Ages 3 & Older

Peek-A-Doodle DooPeek-A-Doodle Doo, the Find and Hide Game of Chicken and Eggs

Ages:  3 and up

Number of Players: 2-4  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive. The winning player is the one with the most complete eggshell in their scoring nest when all the eggs are covered.

Reading Skills: Reading skills are not required.

Retail Price: $22.00

Sample provided by Fat Brain Toys

Available for sale on Fat Brain Toys and Amazon.

About Peek-A-Doodle Doo

Peek-A-Doodle Doo is a memory game with a twist. Players collect all 12 eggs and return them to the crate while also keeping an eye on fellow players and where they are moving their chickens. Then, players take turns removing an egg from the egg crate, placing it on an empty nest, and then moving a chicken to cover the egg. Play continues until all 12 eggs are covered by chickens. If a player selects an incorrect chicken, they move their colored egg to the next cracked egg in their scoring nest’s cracking egg progression. Too many moves and CRACK! You’re out of CLUCK! To win you need to have the most complete eggshell in your nest when all the eggs are covered.

Batteries are not required.

 

I Spy Preschool GameI Spy Preschool Game

Ages:  3 – 6

Number of Players: 1-4 players  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Can play cooperatively, competitively, or alone as players attempt to make matches

Reading Skills: No reading required

Retail Price: $15.00

Sample provided by Fat Brain Toys

Available for sale on Fat Brain Toys and Amazon.

About I Spy Preschool Game

Players match up the riddles with the pictures. Younger children can use the pictures to make matches while early readers can use the words. One half of the cards contain words with matching images and the other half has the classic I Spy scenes. Find the scene cards that match the word cards. Then connect them like a puzzle! Each piece only has 1 matching piece. I Spy Preschool Game helps kids build important pre-reading skills of visual recognition, matching, rhyming, and first reading.

I Spy Preschool includes 12 interlocking pairs of matches and 5 ways to play for beginning to advanced players. Batteries are not required.

 

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card GameThe Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game

Ages:  4 and up

Number of Players: 3-6  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive, the person with the most acorn cards wins.

Reading Skills: no reading required

Retail Price: $9.99

Sample provided by Educational Insights

Available for sale on Educational Insights, Fat Brain Toys and Amazon.

About The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game

In this preschool color matching game, players stack and slap in their attempt to and win the most acorns. Furry forest friends are hungry and they need each player’s help! Race each other to squirrel away the most acorn cards. This fast-paced game is a great way to teach kids matching, sorting, memory, turn-taking, and strategic thinking skills.

Click over to read our Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Card Game review.

 

Robot Face RaceThe Robot Face Race Game

Ages:  4 and up

Number of Players: 2-4  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive, the first player to receive 5 tokens wins.

Reading Skills: no reading required

Retail Price: $19.99

Sample provided by Educational Insights

Available for sale on Educational Insights and Amazon.

About the Robot Face Race Game

Oh no! A crazy inventor needs your help finding the heads he needs to complete his robots! Shake the Robot Randomizer, then look over the board for the matching robot head by special attention to the eyes, nose, and mouth. It’s a frantic fun that will delight the whole family!

Click over to read our Robot Face Race Game review.

 


 

Games For Ages 5 & Older

The Storymatic KidsThe Storymatic Kids

Ages:  5 and up

Number of Players: 1 or more  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Cooperative play as you work together to build a story

Reading Skills: yes

Retail Price: $30

Sample provided by Uncommon Goods

Available for sale on Uncommon Goods and Amazon.

About The Storymatic Kids

Six gazillion stories in one little box. How many can you create? Where will you create them? Included in the Storymatic Kids Box is 360 cards that will motivate your kids to write, inspire new bedtime stories, launch creativity, and provide a fun way to pass the time on the way to grandma’s. I love that not only is this a fun way to spend a family game night, but it’s easy to grab and go for a trip in the car. Write it, draw it, sing it! Play by yourself or with others. Draw two yellow cards to reveal who your story’s characters will be. Is it a sea captain who can talk to cows, or a couch potato who only knows three words? Blue cards provide the situations to base your story on.

The Storymatic Kids includes 360 cards (20 blank for your own prompts) and a booklet contains instructions, games and prompts. (This one is definitely going in the bag for our 2015 road trip to Disney.) Batteries are not required.

 

Ideal Premier FoosballIdeal’s Premier Foosball

Ages:  5 and up

Number of Players: 2  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive Play, the team that reaches 9 goals first wins.

Reading Skills: No reading skills are required

Retail Price: $25.00

Sample provided by Ideal Toys

Available for sale on Ideal Toys.

About Ideal’s Premier Foosball

This is the classic Foosball game, sized down for kids. It’s a 20″ wood-grain version that is not only light and portable, but can also easily be played on any tabletop surface. Premier Foosball offers a realistic soccer game with a green soccer field, lines for soccer, and players in colored jerseys. Move the sliding scorekeeper on both sides to keep track of the score up to 9 goals. The easy grip handles help kids have good control over their player. Each team has 5 players and a goalie.

Assembly is required, but batteries aren’t.

 

Kitten Kaboodle & Diggity Dog from Educational Insights

Kitten Caboodle & Diggity Dogs Preschool Matching Games

Ages:  5 and up

Number of Players: 2-4  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive, person with the most adopted cats or dog wins.

Reading Skills: no reading required

Retail Price: $19.99

Sample provided by Educational Insights

Available for sale on Educational Insights and Amazon.

About the Kitten Caboodle & Diggity Dogs Preschool Matching Games

Develop memory skills with this fun twist on the traditional matching games, themed around furry, four-legged animals all kids love! Players draw from the stack or “go fish” from another player’s hand to collect cards that match the all of the pet necessities and accessories of the pet you want to adopt. Once you collect everything that a particular pet needs you get to adopt it. Adopt the most cats or dogs and you win this preschool matching game. You can play each game individually or combined into one.

Click over to read our Kitten Caboodle & Diggity Dogs Preschool Matching Games review.

 

Scavenger Hunt for KidsScavenger Hunt For Kids, The Amazing Indoor Search Game

Ages:  6 and up

Number of Players: 2-4 players  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive Play, the first player to cross the finish line wins.

Reading Skills: There appears to be limited reading skills required. The game cards have images.

Retail Price: $25.00

Sample provided by Fat Brain Toys

Available for sale on Fat Brain Toys and Amazon.

About Scavenger Hunt For Kids, The Amazing Indoor Search Game

This is a game a parent can truly love as it encourages active play and cleaning up! During each round, 6 cards are shown with objects to find. To move ahead you have to search your house for them. Each player has 2 minutes to find everything. When time is up, each player moves ahead 1 space for each object found. After the 4th round is the Captain Cleanup round. All players race to put everything back where it belongs. Speed is rewarded. Players get to spin the spinner in order of who finished first for a chance to move ahead! First player to reach the “You Win” space, wins the game!

Scavenger Hunt for Kids includes one game board, 100 cards, 4 pawns, a timer, and a spinner. Batteries are not required.

 

Surfside ScrambleThe Surfside Scramble Word Game

Ages:  8 and up

Number of Players: 2 – 4  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive, the player with the most points after 5 rounds is the Big Kahuna and wins the game!.

Reading Skills: Reading skills required as kids are putting together words.

Retail Price: $9.99

Sample provided by Educational Insights

Available for sale on Educational Insights and Amazon.

About Surfside Scramble Word Game

In this surfer-themed, beach-inspired game players race to slide and swap letter flip-flops, lining them up to make as many connected words as they can. Your goal is to make the the longest word or finish first for extra points. Paddle in last, and it’s wipe-out city! While 8 year olds will enjoy this challenging game it doesn’t stop there. This tricky take on word games makes it great for tweens, teens, and their parents. How many words can you make within a 15 letter chain so that each word overlaps? Each word must begin and end with a letter in the chain and use all of the letters in between, in order. For example, start your chain out with sandy and you get credit for sand, and, and sandy.  When time’s up, players count their words, winning extra points for using all of their letters, building the longest word, and building the most words. The winner is the one with the most points after 5 rounds.

 


 

Games For Tweens & Teens, Ages 10 & Older

5 second rule game5 Second Rule, Just Spit it Out

Ages:  10 and up

Number of Players: 3  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive Play, winner is the one who earn the most points

Reading Skills: Yes, players must be able to read the categories.

Retail Price: $25

Sample provided by Fat Brain Toys

Available for sale on Fat Brain Toys and Amazon.

About 5 Second Rule, Just Spit it Out

How fast can you think? With five seconds could you name three breeds of dogs? What about naming three Olympic cities? What might sound easy become challenging when put on the spot. It’s why we think this is just the game that your tweens and tweens will love and will have you all cracking up to see how each player responds. Not to mention the five-second timer isn’t your typical timer with sand moving through an hour glass shape. Instead it’s silver balls winding their way around a yellow pole. Don’t get distracted though, your 5 seconds won’t be that long. Players take turn putting another player in the hot seat to answer with 3 of something in 5 seconds. Get it right, you win the card as a point. At the end, the player with the most points wins.

Click over to see the 5 Second Rule, Just Spit it Out video demonstration. The 5 Second Rule game comes with 576 questions on 288 cards with a box, a 5 second twisted timer, and rules. Batteries are not required.

 

Taboo Buzz'dTaboo Buzz’d Game

Ages:  12 and up

Number of Players: 4 or more  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive Play, winner is team with the most points

Reading Skills: Yes, players must be able to read the word on the screen

Retail Price: $19.99

Sample provided by Hasbro

Available for sale on Amazon.

About Taboo Buzz’d

This is the classic Taboo game but played with a handheld unit letting you take the party anywhere: your living room, a road trip, sleepover with friends. Race against the clock and try to get your team to guess the highlighted word while being careful that your clues don’t use the other 4 listed words. If you succeed your team gets a point… but if you say a taboo word the other team gets a point. As you play, the game unit goes back and forth between teams selecting words from it’s 1000 word vocabulary. You can skip words that you feel are especially difficult. The unit also keeps track of the score. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Click over to see the Taboo Buzz’d video demonstration. Taboo Buzz’d requires 3 AAA batteries that aren’t included.

 

Trivial Pursuit Hints gameTrivial Pursuit Hints

Ages:  12 and up

Number of Players: 4 or more  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive Play, winner is team with the most points

Reading Skills: Yes, players must be able to read the word on the screen

Retail Price: $19.99

Sample provided by Hasbro

Available for sale on Amazon.

About Trivial Pursuit Hints

The new Trivial Pursuit Hints game is a handheld trivia game that makes it easier to answer those difficult questions. The all new question style gives players up to three hints to help them answer the question. The fewer hints you use, the more points you get! Teams take turns answering questions, more than 1,000 Trivial Pursuit questions (wow!), by passing the unit back and forth. And just like Hasbro’s other handheld units, the game unit keeps score. It’s another great game option for family game night, road trips, and sleepovers.

Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included.

 

Catch Phrase Decades GameCatch Phrase Decades

Ages:  12 and up

Number of Players: 4 or more  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive Play, winner is team that gets 7 points first.

Reading Skills: Yes, players must be able to read the word on the screen

Retail Price: $19.99

Sample provided by Hasbro

Available for sale on Amazon.

About Catch Phrase Decades

Blasting to the past 70s, 80s, and 90s, 00s, Catch Phrase Decades will have you remembering the past and introducing it to your kids. Or your kids might spin the tables and have you guessing about today’s catchy phrases. Say it, guess it, and pass it fast. You can shout, gesture, give hints… but you need your team to guess the catch phrase and your clues can’t say the words in the answer. The built-in timer makes sure there’s no cheating and the scorekeeper will help you keep score. The first team to get 7 points win.

Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included.

 

Across the Board Wooden Baseball GameAcross the Board Baseball Game

Ages:  14 and up

Number of Players: 2 players or 2 teams of up to 4 players each.  

Cooperative or Competitive Play: Competitive play as you replicate a real baseball game

Reading Skills: No reading required

Retail Price: $48

Sample provided by Uncommon Goods

Available for sale on Uncommon Goods.

About Across the Board Baseball Game

Here’s a way to bring baseball inside for your kids and have them learn more about the game. I love that it gives moms and kids, rookies, the chance to make all-star plays that even the long time baseball fans in our family can be proud of. Playing ball is as easy as rolling a dice and reading the directions. As each batter steps up to home plate, the player rolls the dice. The dice combination determines how your batters move around the baseball diamond. But no worries there’s no paper directions to keep, the two outfield billboards tell you the move associated with the different dice combinations. A dry erase scoreboard makes it easy to name your team and keep scored.

Across the Board Baseball Game not only is a great non-electric game to enjoy but it’s also handcrafted from beautiful maple wood veneer inserted with protective metal eyelets. It’s a high-quality board game that I am sure will hold up to my 3 boys and will last for years to come. Handcrafted in St. Louis by a family-run company. Finished with a gentle water-based clear acrylic. Game includes a pair of dice, dry erase marker, five chrome pegs, four brass pegs, and directions and a bag to store it all in. No batteries are required.

 


 

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Jennifer Auer is the hyperlocal mom blogger who runs Jersey Family Fun. From New Jersey, this mom of 3 boys just can’t sit still! Her husband likes to say she’s a work-at-home mom who never stays home. Jennifer started traveling as a child and hasn’t stopped since. Instead of letting her husband and boys slow her down, she brings them along! Did you know that boys behave better when they are out exploring? As her boys start to become teens there’s still so many places she wants to discover with them both across the U.S. and internationally. She has been a Jersey Girl for 20+ years, and a Jersey Mom for 8+ years and a New Jersey mom blogger for 7 years, although she'd much rather be referred to as an influencer or just by name. She has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a focus on Entrepreneurship from Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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