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Mom Tip: Board Games {Family fun}


Do you ever feel like your family has way too much screen time?  For family fun, we play a lot of board & card games, so I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorites right now.


Getting a new game is one of my favorite Christmas traditions! After all the gifts are unwrapped, and things have settled a bit, we break out the new game, and spend quality time playing together without the electronics.  I think it makes kids smarter to which is a great side benefit! It’s a fun way to encourage reading, math and thinking skills.  It’s a win-win!



Check out the age ranges they are meant for, but don’t take it too seriously.  Our 6 year old can play all of these.  He thinks it’s fun to play games that are at least 13+, and he even wins sometimes!



One more thing-I don’t enjoy drawing, acting, singing, dancing type games, so if that’s your jam, this post isn’t for you.  If you like more strategic games, these could be some fun ideas for you.  Ok.  Enough with the boring stuff.  Onto the games. These are affiliate links, but I personally own all these games and love them!



If you’ve never played any of these games, the first ones on the list would be a good place to start.  Other than the first few, they aren’t really in any order.


Ticket to ride


This is probably one you’ve heard of before, but did you know how many different variations there are?  If this is one of your favorites, maybe you should try the Europe, India, or another variation.  In this game, you basically try to get your train from one city to another and get the most points in the end by adding up all your completed cards along with how many of your trains are on the board.  Great for learning where cities are!  We have the US version, and we play the app version Europe ticket to ride.





Five Crowns


This is a fun card game!  It’s very simple, and easy to play.  You start with 3 cards, and each round you add one card.  The wild card for each round depends on how many cards you have in your hand.  You try to get runs and straights, and “the game isn’t over until the Kings go wild!”  







Sushi Go


This is probably the fastest game on the list.  You take your cards, choose one, and pass the rest on (similar to 7 Wonders).  It’s fun, easy, and quick!  You play 3 rounds and then add up the points.







This game is unlike any other that we’ve played.  Each player basically builds their own deck by buying cards, playing and shuffling their own cards.  It’s a lot of fun, and has a lot of different versions.  If this is already one of your favorites, be sure to try “Prosperity.”  That’s our favorite add on.  My favorite thing about this game, is that there are so many different cards, that the game is never the same! There are so many different combos to try.







Cover Your Assets


This is a game of getting matches, and getting them covered to collect the most money.  You never know what will happen at the end of the game if someone is holding onto a wild card, and the winner can change fast.  But it is fast paced, and doesn’t take long to play, so it’s one we keep coming back to!  I’ve played with with a lot of different groups of people – kids, teens, adults. Most end up buying the game after they play it.







7 Wonders


This one is also pretty unique.  You start with a hand of cards, then you choose one to play, and pass the rest on.  There are a lot of different strategies, and different boards to play with to mix it up.











Istanbul is one we got for Christmas last year, and we have loved it!!  It’s fun because you can mix the board up to make it different every time you play.   You go around collecting jewels.  You can buy them in a lot of different ways, and it’s really balanced so you can win in a lot of different ways.








Five Tribes

This one is another one that let’s you mix up the board so it’s never the same game.  This one takes a lot of strategy to get points.  You have to move guys around the board depending on their color and where they are.  You can also bid on the order of play – to go first or last, so that’s a fun unique thing about 5 Tribes.  This is probably the most complicated game on the list.









Splendor is really fun, because it’s easy! It’s very quick to learn, and pretty quick to play (about 30 minutes).  You collect tokens to buy cards.  The more cards you get the easier it is to get more expensive cards.  The first one to 15 wins!







Love Letter


I really wondered about this one when our friends recommended it.  Because of the box I didn’t think our boys would like it, but I was wrong!  The card deck is small, but each card has a specific action that you must take when playing it.   It’s very fun, and doesn’t take long to play.  One game (3 rounds) probably takes 20-30 minutes.  There are also other versions of this game that you could check out!





What are your favorite board games?  Let me know what I need to try out in the comments!  I’d love to hear from you!

I’m a birth, newborn, and family photographer in the Wasatch Front in Utah, including but not limited to Salt Lake, Riverton, Draper, Herriman, Lehi, Orem, & Provo and surrounding areas. I blog about my photography sessions, raising children, and all about birth, babies, and motherhood.


flowerAUTHOR: tinachandler     CATEGORIES: Blog, Mom tips

3 Responses so far.

  1. Stephanie Jensen says:

    We have most of the games on your list and we love them. I thought I would add a few – Power Grid (this is probably our favorite game), Small World, and Evolution.

    • tinachandler says:

      Awesome Stephanie! We have Power Grid, and we used to play it a bunch! It’s one we definitely need to get out again. I’ve never played Evolution. I”ll have to look it up! Thanks for the ideas!

  2. Nicole says:

    Thanks for the list. Going to check them out.

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