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We love playing board games together as a family! These moments are opportunities to turn off the many different screens in our house an instead fill that time together with some healthy competition and a lot of laughs. So often, especially around the holidays, we miss out on so many other wonderful games because we limit ourselves to what we see on commercials and in Black Friday ads. This Christmas our family is going to win big with a lot of new and exciting board games. I know I've found some that you've probably never heard of, and you aren't going to want to miss out on adding these to your holiday shopping list!
Sequence - Play a card from your hand, place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board…when you have five in a row, it’s a . Learn to block your opponents – remove their chips. Watch out for the Jacks – THEY’RE WILD! With a little strategy and a little luck – you’re a winner!
Inspired by his experience of once rescuing a tree squirrel, Randy Hecht, an aerospace engineer from Southern California invented this educational board game, and co-founded the company Moxy Roxy, Inc. to pay homage to his furry friend named “Roxy.” Roxy has built her nests around Randy’s backyard, given birth to several litters of babies, and pays him regular visits.
Take a live journey through the eyes of a tree squirrel. We have all seen these cute creatures in the wild and our backyards, yet few know much about them. Finally, for the first time a board game has been created to simulate the life of a typical tree squirrel from nest born, to adulthood, and ultimately parenthood.
Full of humanizing and amusing nuances, both children and adults will enjoy many hours of fun and entertainment. With cleverly designed game rules, it also helps kids develop important social, math and negotiation skills that will benefit both their personal and professional lives for years to come.
This game comes in two great selections! Classic Version ($24.99) & Deluxe Version Limited Edition ($39.99).
Our family couldn't wait to break this game out and play! The game says for ages 8+ but aside from my 5-year-old needing some help with the reading, he didn't have any problem hanging tight with the rest of us and loved every minute of this board game! There were lots of laughs as we read the Squirrel Destiny Cards. After one game with Mom and Dad the kids are able to take It's A Squirrel's Life out and play on their own! Our whole family truly got a picture of what it's like to live life as a squirrel. This game has quickly become a family favorite!
Check out the video below to see how to play
Cranium Cadoo- The original version is back by popular demand and todays kids will be puzzling, sketching, sculpting, acting and code-cracking with the Cranium Cadoo game.
Nibbled -Nibbled is a fast-paced, easy-to-learn game that starts with kids clipping 4 plastic fish onto themselves. Guess a color - flip a card. Guess correctly - unclip one fish and clip it onto an opponent. Winner is the first player to unclip all their fish!
Clue Suspect Card Game -Use your hand of cards to determine the suspect, weapon and location of the crime. Was it Colonel Mustard in the Dining Romm with the Knife? A true Clue experience is "in the cards!"
Rubik's Triamid -A triangular Rubiks puzzle - but with some key differences. There are of 10 individual pieces, four joining sections, and four colorful sides that need to be solved. HINT: One of the features that makes the Rubik's Triamid difficult for a first-time user is the fact that about one third of the pieces' sides are hidden from view (they are inside of the Triamid). You will see many colors that aren't important to solving the puzzle. To solve the Rubik's Triamid, you must recognize which pieces are CORNERS and which pieces are EDGES. First, put the corners in their places and then solve the edges. Because of its versatility in moves, the Rubik's Triamid can be solved from any starting position.
Pictureka Card Game -Perfect for families, friends and parties, Pictureka! card game is great fun for all ages. There are 4 different ways to play and they vary in pace from calm to high-energy!
- Master the elements, be quick and wise, emerge victorious or meet your demise.
- 2 player strategy game based on the concept of the children folk game Rock/Paper/Scissors.
- Elementos takes the concept of the cycle of the three elements overcoming each other and applies that to three of the five earth elements for a an intriguing head to head challenge! Command Fire, Wood and Water to overcome your opponent and triumph.
- Can be played from ages 7+ and with its fabulous design is attractive for both kids and adults alike.
Bulls & Bears is a successful board game that teaches the basics of economics and investing to beginners and experts alike:
- A fun, interactive family board game that teaches you how to get smart about money.
- Players make real-life investment and career decisions, learn to balance their portfolios and plan for retirement, manage budgets and debt, and answer questions on fundamental principles of economics and finance.
- Highly strategic game for experienced board gamers as well as students, families and anyone ages 13 and up
- And no prior experience needed
If you are looking for gifts this year to encourage more family time and less electronics time, these games will make any child or adult excited to unplug and connect with one another. One of our family goals this year is to reinstate family game night and with these fun and exciting games available, we are definitely off to a good start!
One lucky reader will win the selection of board games pictured above. Prizes subject to change based on availability. To enter, just use the Giveaway Tools form below. Giveaway open to the lower 48 United States, ages 18 and up. Ends 12/13/17 at 11:59pm EST.