I have always loved to play games and, lucky for me, my girls love board games and card games, too! I usually like to tuck a new game into each of their stockings. Here are some of our favorite stocking-size games:
This fast-paced card game is easy to learn and only takes a few minutes to play. It is a two-person game that can be enjoyed by kids and adults. I have found that the kids can be hard to beat – they are fast! The goal is to get rid of your entire stack of cards by playing cards that match in shape, color, or count. It is recommended for ages 7+, but Delaney (age 6) and her cousin, Allie (age 5) are able to play as well. This is definitely a must-have!
Natalie got this game in her stocking last year and we have played it a ton. It is played like traditional yahtzee, with the added cuteness of painted animals on wooden dice. No reading is required, and a little math practice comes into play when totaling your score. The whole game fits in a little tin, which is perfect for bringing along. We have played this in restaurants and the girls have even played this on a lap tray in the car. Very fun!
After seeing a demo of this game at our local toy store, I decided to get it for Delaney’s stocking this year. Between every 2 cards in this game, there is always one (and only one) matching symbol. Can you spot it? This is another fun and quick game, with at least four different ways to play outlined in the instructions. I’m looking forward to trying this out with the girls after Christmas!
I couldn’t resist this cute little banana filled with letter tiles! We still haven’t reached the full potential of this game – my girls aren’t quite to the level of spelling necessary for a full-fledged Bananagrams game. However, we have really enjoyed playing cooperatively or as adult-kid teams. Sometimes I dump all the tiles out and start a crossword, and the kids come by throughout the day and add on words here and there. Looking forward to playing this even more as the girls get older.
You can’t go wrong with a classic game of Go Fish, and I love this set of colorful fish cards. This was actually one of our best-sellers in the Let’s Explore shop. The fish-shaped cards are cute and durable, and you can practice fancy colors words like turquoise and chartreuse!
We have played and loved so many of the card games made by Gamewright – I couldn’t pick just one! Right now, the girls are really into Chomp, which is played like War with a food chain twist. I’ve got Order’s Up, Sleeping Queens, and Frog Juice on our wish list.
Are you a game-playing family? What are some of your favorite card games, dice games, or other small games? I’m always looking for new games to add to our collection!