We have tried and tested some of the best family games in case you are wondering what to play at home this Christmas…
It looks like we are all going to be spending a lot of time at home this Christmas, so make sure you are stocked up on the best family games to play!
We have tried to include family games and activities suitable for a wide variety of ages so that there’s something to suit everyone.
A few things to note – family games don’t always turn out to be as fun as you want them to be. Children may argue, cards will go flying and stress levels may rise. BUT they are a great way of bonding (in my opinion) and getting the kids to come off screens and spend some time together as a family…We also have more ideas for things to do at home with the kids here.
Also, I have tried to include the RRPs in each listing. Obviously these as subject to change….
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I have been testing this out over on my Instagram stories and know that this game is going to go down well with my family this Christmas. Pencil Nose is the hilarious, fun for all family party game. You have to use your nose to sketch words against the clock and hope your teammates can correctly guess what you’re drawing! Put on the glasses with the pen attached, pick a word card then holding the clear, wipe clean drawing board in front of your face, try to draw the objects using only your nose!
*Note – Pencil Nose normally has an RRP of £14.99. At the moment demand is high and it is selling for £29.99 on Amazon…
Gosh UNO is a complete classic and has got us through many family meals on holiday. It is such a simple game but so much fun! We used to play in teams but now both boys (age 6 and 9) are good at playing themselves. For anyone who doesn’t know – players take turns racing to get rid of all their cards by matching a card in their hand with the current card shown on the top of the deck either by colour or number. Don’t forget to shout “UNO” when you only have one card remaining. The player to rid themselves of all the cards in their hand scores points for any cards their opponents are left holding. The first player to reach 500 points wins.
Also available in the following: Harry Potter, Frozen, Frozen II, Super Mario, Junior, Dreamworks Trolls World Tour, Toy Story 4, WWE, Jurassic World, Barbie, Emoji, TMNT Turtles, Super Hero Girls, Winnie the Pooh, Minecraft, Fireman Sam, Star Wars and many more!
Another classic, this game is great for all ages (possibly from age 4 upwards?) and is actually challenging both for adults and children. We are quite new to Dobble but I have heard people raving about it for quite a while now. Each of the game’s 55 cards has eight different symbols on it, and between any two cards there is always exactly one matching symbol. It’s up to you to spot the match! There are five different mini-games to test your reflexes but all of them rely on one thing: be the first to find the matching symbols! Also available in a variety of themes including Harry Potter.
Build. Rebuild. Combine – Easily connect multiple structures together. The structure becomes a complex and impressive multi-level design. MagnetCubes gives you far more freedom to build a near infinite variety of miniature roller coasters and structures instantly. This is suitable for age 8+ and I’m looking forward to doing it with my 9 year old during the Christmas hols…
Do you have a wannabe magician at home? Maybe team up with him/her and do a show for the rest of the family? Introducing a wonderful wooden magic set that is perfect for any budding magician. Presented in a durable wooden box for easy storage and includes the Incredible escaping coloured blocks, the vanishing rabbit illusion, the amazing rising cards and much much more! This would make a gorgeous gift…
I adored playing Monopoly with my family as a child / teenager and hadn’t heard of the junior version until last year. My son played it at his grandparents house and is a big fan. The juior version is so easy to set up and great fun. We will probably move onto the general version in a year or two or maybe we will alternate between the two?
A bit more about Monopoly Junior – players land on child-friendly spaces in Monopoly town such as the ice cream parlour, the skate park and the zoo, as they buy up properties, collect rent and discover their fortune. The player with the most money after any other player goes bankrupt wins.
Also available in a variety of themes including Trolls World Tour, Miraculous, Disney/Pixar Incredibles 2, Disney/Pixar Cars 3, Peppa Pig and more.
I bought this on a whim a few years ago and have really enjoyed playing What a Performance with my kids. The aim of this exciting board game is to be the first to reach the ‘Finish’ star in the centre of the board, performing all sorts of noises, actions and mimes along the way…from pretending to be a monkey to wiggling your ears! If you can’t perform your action, you must carry out a forfeit. As well as helping with basic maths and English skills, this board game is great fun for children who enjoy being the centre of attention, and may give more shy children the confidence to come out their shell. Aimed at children aged 5 and over and for 2 or more players. But you can have younger children play it with a little help.
I have bought this for my son and niece for Christmas so am it is good! A bit more about it – Harry Potter fans get to test their knowledge of all things Harry Potter. The magic begins when players stick cards into their HedBanz, and take turns guessing what’s on their cards by asking “yes” or “no” questions. Since all is not as it seems in the world of Hogwarts, pick up a potion token to change everything. Depending on the token, you may have to act out, rhyme or describe a clue. Guess your card correctly and receive a chocolate frog token! The first players to 5 chocolate frog tokens wins!
I do love a Marble Run! Possibly even more than my kids? There’s something so satisfying about building it and popping the little marbles down the shoot! Use your imagination and build amazing marble towers with LOYO marble race game! Race your marbles through the twisting tracks to see who can reach the bottom first. Lift the barrier to start the race, twist around the ‘loop the loop’ and speed through the twisting tracks. Not suitable for children under 3 years old.
We got this for our son for Christmas as he is a big Harry Potter fan and loves a games of chess too. I was really impressed with the set which includes 32 highly detailed, moulded plastic chess pieces, measuring between 5 and 11.5 cms in height and a playing board approximately 47 cms square. The figures were a lot bigger and sturdier than I expected and as well as playing chess with them, my sons have been known to have duals with the characters too!
Based on the hit BBC2 show hosted by Richard Osman, the House of Games board game is the ultimate test of knowledge and skill. Enjoy some of your favourite challenges from the show in the comfort of your home. Team up to tackle some trivia or face off against each other in the iconic Answer Smash. Who will be the House of Games champion in this competitive compendium of games? This is suitable for ages 12+ so I may just play this one with my husband but it sounds like it would be good for families with teens…
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