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Published September 30th 2014
What do you do when you have seen all the latest DVDs and there is nothing on TV? When the kids have spent too much time on their gaming consoles and ipods? Sounds like it is time for Family Games Night.
But which games are good for kids? Here are our faves:
Cranium Hullabaloo -This is a fantastic game for younger kids (from ages 4 and up). There are no reading skills required. You spread the game pads around the room. Each pad has a picture of a food or musical instrument or animal and they are different shapes and colours. You turn the audio console on and the game begins. You receive instructions to move to a red pad, or spin to a square or bounce to an animal. When it is time to freeze the person who is on the nominated pad is the winner. This game is fun, easy, educational & entertaining. It is for 1 - 6 players.
Brain Quest Smart Game - If your kids love answering trivia questions this game is perfect for them. Questions are asked on a range of topics: Science, Maths, Arts, Reading, and The World. The great thing about this game is that there are questions appropriate for all ages. If you are 6 years old you answer the Number 1 questions. If you are 11 years old you answer the Number 6 questions so it is fair for everyone. For ages 6 and up, 2 - 4 players
The Logo Game - In this game you answer questions based on different brands and logos. The great thing about this game is that it is Australian - with brands and logos we are familiar with here such as Uncle Toby's, Four n Twenty, Dairy Farmers etc. It is recommended for ages 12 and up but my 10 year old does not have any trouble playing it and often knows the brands better than the adults. This is a great fun family game for 2 - 6 players
Rummy-O - This is a Rummy-style game but suitable for the whole family. It does take a little longer to learn than the previous games but it is worth it. It can be played with 2 - 4 players and is played with tiles instead of cards. You choose your tiles and then take turns to make "sets". These can be 3 or more of the same numbered, but different coloured tiles or consecutive tiles of the same colour. The first person to use all of their tiles is the winner. Recommended for ages 6 and up but I would probably say it is better for 8 years and up
Balderdash - This one is for ages 10 and up and it helps if you have a good imagination or are good with words. The goal is to fool the other players by making up phony answers or definitions. With the right group of people this game can be hilarious. Absolute Balderdash includes 5 different categories: Words, People, Initials, Movies and Dates. It can be played with 2 or more players
Monopoly Millionaire - While Monopoly is the classic family game, Monopoly Millionaire has the advantage of being a faster game that doesn't take days to finish. The first to a million wins. It is suitable for ages 8 years and older and can be played with 2 - 4 players
So don't just settle for a dull night of TV re-runs, make your own fun with a Family Games Night. What games does your family love?