Favorite Board Games for Grandchildren

Fun for Grandparents, Too

Children's board games shouldn't take too long to play, and they should be adaptable for different ages. Most of all, they should be fun. Some of these games aren't technically board games, but they are all perfect for multi-generational play, and they will certainly create some laughter.

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    bananagrams word game for grandparents and grandchildren
    Bananagrams provides fast-paced fun that's great for most ages. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    Bananagrams, the 2009 Game of the Year, comes in a cool banana-shaped container. The container holds 144 letter tiles, which players draw and arrange into a crossword-type grid, racing against the other players. It's a low-tech, high-energy word game that is not just for children. Read full review.

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    Settlers of Catan is fun for grandparents and grandchildren
    Grandparents will find that Catan is a challenging game. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    If you're looking for a game of strategy to play with older grandchildren, look no further. The Settlers of Catan has delighted millions of gamers since its creation in 1995. Players must draw upon logic and strategy to be successful. Besides, it's a building game, not a shooting game, and that counts for a lot with this grandmother. Read full review.

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    ugly doll game is fun for grandchildren
    The quirky appeal of Uglydolls carries over to this fast-paced card game. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    Uglydolls, the stuffed toys with a distinctive look, fascinate some of us and mystify others, but you don't have to be a fan to like the Uglydoll card game. A simple matching game, it's easy to learn and fun to play, so that it's relaxing and non-stressful for grandparents and for grandkids. Read full review.

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    catch phrase is a fun game for all generations
    The fast-moving and funny game of Catch Phrase is fun for all. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    In Catch Phrase, players must get their team members to guess a word or phrase while a timer provides an audible, quickening tick. Instead of using pantomime, players use words, although they must avoid any forms of the word itself. It's fast-paced, fun and good language practice. Read full review.

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    apples to apples fun for tween and teen grandchildren
    Tween and teen grandchildren will love this wacky board game. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    Apples to Apples is a game that's hugely popular with tweens and teens. Players must choose nouns to fit a particular adjective, with ununusual and hilarious results. The player who is "it" judges which card is the best match. The winner of each round keeps the adjective card as a simple way of score-keeping, but fun, not winning, is the main objective. Read full review.

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    monopoly junior is playable for younger grandchildren
    This pared-down version of the classic game will be a hit with grandchildren. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    My grandchildren need games that don't last long to fit their abbreviated attention spans (and my own), and Monopoly Junior is a great choice. The game is over the first time someone runs out of money, which occurs quite quickly, usually within an hour. The game is also simplified and speeded up because players must purchase all property that is landed on. Read full review.

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    shut the box game for grandparents and grandchildren
    An ancient game, Shut the Box will still intrigue modern grandchildren. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    Shut the Box is a classic game that is available from several different manufacturers. Of course, the version by Melissa and Doug is high-quality and has a nice look. (You can also play it with just pen and paper, but having an actual box is more fun.) Grandparents will like that it teaches math and probability. Grandchildren will like getting to shut the box!  Read full review.

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    Fast-paced Slamwich will capture the grandchildren
    Grandchildren will love the fast pace of Slamwich. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    This fun variation of Slap Jack features a deck of cards shaped like slices of bread and containing pictures of sandwich ingredients. If the same ingredient is discarded twice in a row, or with only one other card between them, it's time to slam the deck in order to win the whole pile. Cards with a picture of a thief require slapping the the deck while yelling, "Stop, thief!" Read full review.

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    Grandparents and grandchildren will enjoy playing Dweebies.
    Dweebies is a fun game for kids but actually requires some strategy. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    Dweebies is "the card game with character," and each of the characters in the deck has "a profession or hobby that they're wildly passionate about," according to the game's creators. Representing jugglers, bagpipe players, surfers and the like, Dweebies appears deceptively simple, and it can be played quickly, but playing it well actually requires a keen sense of strategy. Read full review.

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    Don't Make Me Laugh is a fun family game.
    Everyone will get a little crazy when the family plays Don't Make Me Laugh. Courtesy of Amazon.com

    If you're lookiing for a game that emphasizes fun over winning, Don't Make Me Laugh Jr. is just the ticket. As they race from the Little Chuckle to the Big Guffaw, players have to draw cards that require them to perform zany antics, sometimes alone and sometimes with the rest of the group. One thing is certain: You will laugh. Read full review.