Children’s Board Games

Children’s board games are a classic Christmas gift item.  It’s such a great way to bring the family together — and get them away from the TV!  Scheduling a family game night is a standard in many households and helps create memories of fun times that kids will never forget!  Take a look at some of our top rated board games.

Word On The Street
On each turn, one team flips over a category card. Team members frantically brainstorm words that fit the category while the opposition tries to sidetrack them. The team must agree on a word and pull each letter of that word one lane closer to their side of the street, all before the time runs out.
It doesn’t take long to play, so children won’t get bored!  
Here’s what one satisfied user has to say:
top rated board games“It can also be challenging and really makes you think. It is also very educational in that it requires you to think of words that fit a particular category and contain certain letters in order to capture the tile.”  read more  Customer reviews
  • 2010 Mensa Favorite Brainy Games Winner
  • Ages 12 to adult
  • 2-8 players
  • 5 minutes to learn

The Game Of Life — zAPPed edition for iPad

You get the best of both worlds when you add your iPad to this classic board game. The free app brings your game to life as you move around the game board. You still get to move your car from space to space and select your path to retirement, but now you spin, get paid, sue other players and make important decisions all on your iPad.

Just download the free GAME OF LIFE zAPPed Edition app on your iPad, hand out the cars and cash, place your iPad on the game board and you’re ready to go. Follow the on-screen instructions to customize your peg character, add a peg-sessory and spin the virtual spinner and then move your car around the game board.

When you land on app spaces you’ll have access to 100’s of hilarious clips from American’s Funniest Videos. Great for ages 8 and up.

Here’s a review from a satisfied customer:

“…It is pretty cool to incorporate the idea of a classic boardgame with an iPad so even your jaded children and teenagers may take an interest to play with you. My seven year old found playing this to be fun and the app works well. Life is a great game for familes to play because it gets the discussion going about what kind of path your kids may want to take. College? A job? Wives and children? It is all here and this game is not too expensive compared to what you would pay for any video game for a leading game system.” ( read the full customer review)

  Lego Building Games

Lego (of the building block fame) has created a line of building games that kids love.  Here are just a few from the  collection that would make great gifts for kids and families:

Lego Minotaurus Game

The mighty Minotaur, a mythical creature, protects a secret temple hidden deep inside a labyrinth. Be the first to lead your heroes to the temple, avoiding the Minotaur and cleverly placing walls to block your opponents. Clear and simple rules make this game great fun for the whole family. Great for ages 7+

The game offers multiple versions (there are plenty of variations explained online as well) and the rules are very simple.

The game, once set up, can be stored in its box without being disassembled, so that it will be ready for play in seconds. Minotaurus is a great game for anyone looking for a fun, fast, and furious family game.

Lego Ninjago

The evil skeleton general and his guards have invaded the Ninja Fortress. Now you can team up to battle the guards, find the golden weapons, and defeat the skeleton general. Your objectives to stop the skeletons from gaining the ultimate power.

This is a great team game for 2 to 4 players ages 8+. Ninjago is fun for the entire family!

Lego Hogwarts

Harry Potter fans as well as Lego enthusiasts will love this game! Build your very own Potter-themed game board in this family-friendly board game that pits up to four players against each other, in a race to turn in their homework first.

Along the way, players will have to face shifting stairs, secret passageways, and wizard duels. And since the game board is fully customizable, every single play-through is a new experience. The set features several unique pieces and mini-figures, making this a great gift for LEGO collectors and Potter fans alike.

If you’re looking for a game that the entire family can enjoy, the LEGO Hogwarts board game is an ideal choice. It is simple enough for young children to enjoy, but is also deep enough to engage older kids and even adults.  The game encourages players to build and think strategically.

In addition to the four colored game pieces, you’ll also receive five other Potter-themed microfigures. Harry Potter LegosThese include some of the series’ most popular characters: Harry, Hermione, Ron, Draco, and Dumbledore. You can even use these characters as game pieces, which adds an element of roleplaying to your fun.

Great for ages 8+ and a fun game for the entire family.

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