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, 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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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.