Games are always fun activities to spend time together as a family. As a speech-language pathologist, I love that games help teach turn taking, strategies, colors, patterns, logic, and reading.
4 in a Row – Who says this outdoor game can’t be brought inside for a fun game night? Just like Connect Four, players learn to look for visual patterns (the diagonals can be the tricky ones to spot) while having a fun time.
Bananagrams – This portable game teaches letters, spelling, and words.
Candy Land – Great for pre-readers. This colorful classic game teaches colors, picture matching, and basic counting skills.]
Qwirkle – This tile game, geared for those 6 years and older, has players match shapes and colors. It helps children recognize colors and patterns. You’ll need a large table to play this domino-like game.
Zingo – The red dispenser of the cards is a pretty fun element of this picture bingo game for pre-readers. Players try to cover three pictures with easy to read words in a row, column, or diagonal, emphasizing early reading skills.
Clue – Players 8 years and older refine their logic skills by trying to determine who committed the crime, where it happened, and what weapon was used. Some versions are Alexa compatible, allowing a mix of board game and technology.
Agricola – This board game for those 8 years on up gets us back to the land as you build farms and feed your family. Grow and care for livestock, vegetables, and the bread (that you have to make from ingredients you’ve grown). Strategy and planning make this game fun for older kids.
Whether it’s for International Games Week 2020 or any night of the year, cozy up with your family for some game time.