Time to Plan Family Game Night & Giveaway

Written by: Katherine McHenry

Whether your child is getting ready for a playdate or the 1st day of school, games are a great way for families to come together and keep brain cells active at any age.  It is never too soon to plan a family game night and it never gets old.  Here are my game picks to make any family game night fun and keep those noodles sharp.  PLUS GIVEAWAY NEWS!!! Leave a comment below and tell us what is your child's favorite game OR your childhood pick by Mon. Aug. 27 - we will announce (1) randomly selected winner to choose 2 favorites below from Building Blocks Toy Store!  

If that is not enough to get you excited, Building Blocks has a SALE for 15% off everything in their entire store, including these hot games (15% off Everything Sale ends Aug. 24th - hurry).


#1.  The Cat's Pajamas (age 3+) No reading required. Children learn colors, patterns, shapes, and matching by playing this fun game to help the cats remove their pajamas. What I love about this game is that even though players take turns, with every spin, every player gets to be involved in the game and take action. Another cool thing about this game is that it was created by a famous local game inventory, Peggy Brown. Play with local pride!

#2. Kids on Stage (age 3+) No reading required. Although I always want to bring in new games and keep things exciting, this game has been on my store shelf since 1996. It's a personal favorite. So many families come in and smile when they see this game and I have countless stories of all the joy it has brought. It's basically a charades game. I like that it can be cooperative or competitive. It's a perfect game for the kid that can't sit still. Great for developing social skills, communication, and self-esteem. It has won numerous awards.

#3. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game (age 3+) No reading required. Some games should be played because they are too cute. This is one of them. It's so fun to practice matching and sorting and what a great fall-themed game. This game just got awarded a Parents Choice Silver Award.

#4. AnimaLogic (age 5+) The lions, hippos, giraffes, and camels are all waiting to get to the other side of the river. There are 60 puzzles and 5 levels of difficulty. This is a beautiful high-quality game as well as a highly-educational one.

#5. Word Pirates (age 6+) What kid wouldn't want to play game with pirates, dice, sharks, and loot? Best of all, they are building their spellling and vocabulary skills. Arrgh!

#6. Wits and Wagers (age 10+) This game is great for families with older kids or when there are younger kids, teams can be formed. It's a true party game that matches all skill levels and fun for everyone involved. Players guess the answer to questions that range from being completely silly to scientifically serious. Each person takes a turn guessing which of the answers is the closest to the correct answer...kinda like "The Price is Right". Everyone learns each time. It's hard to put into words what the fun factor is in this game, but it really is!

We hope these game picks bring your family together and help you start an exciting new fall habit.  Remember, Building Blocks has a sale for 15% off everything in their entire store, including these toy picks.  Don't forget to leave a comment below with your family's favorite game to get entered to win.

Image Credits:  Building Blocks Toy Store.

Posted on August 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM