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3 Classic Board Games For The Whole Family

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I wasn’t much of a board game player prior to meeting my husband. My family in general has never really played games. Christian’s family, on the other end, is a game-playing family. When we met, I quickly fell in love with strategy board games, and as young adults (read: pre-kids…), we organized weekly board game nights with friends! Whenever we visit his family, it’s almost a nightly occurrence.

This is how we set up game nights in Christian’s German family: take out chips, candies, and chocolate. Pour everyone some wine, prosecco, or beer. Put your competitive face on and game the night away!

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With both of us loving to play, we always had board games around our kids. There are so many wonderful games to play at all ages! The three below are classics. I am sure you have played some of those growing up, and that makes it that much more exciting to share with our kids! I love that they’re getting older and we can now play some of our favorites with them!

So on a rainy afternoon, a winter night, or any other time the kids are inside, those are 3 classics we love playing with them! Just make sure you trade the wine for orange juice  😉

Rummikub

This is the first game Christian introduced me to and I have been longing for our kids to be old enough to start teaching them. Rummikub is such an incredible game that, even my mom – the least board-game enthusiast I know – loves it! We have been playing Rummikub with up to 4 generations around the table and it will forever be some of my most-cherished memories of Christian’s grand-parents!

I played Rummy with my grand-parents as a kid. For anyone who has played the classic cards game, this is a similar version but with tiles and a few strategic variations.

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The ultimate goal is to get rid of all of your tiles by making up melds and runs and heavily relying on your adversaries’ games!

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Pressman Toys recommends the game for ages 8+ and it can accommodate 2 to 4 players. Our competitive 1st grader loves playing and she is getting a really good grasp of the game and its (very few) rules! Our Kindergartner plays with a bit of assistance.

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I also love using the tiles with our 3-year old to help her sort her numbers up or down!

Tri-Ominos

Tri-Ominos is by far our kids’ favorite! I think they use dominos at school quite a bit and the triangular shape is very appealing to them. It is a really fun and attention-grasping game for all and all 3 kids can play!

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The ultimate goal is to get rid of all your tiles by aligning matching numbers. The concept is very simple and even our 3-year old can play with a bit of supervision.

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Pressman Toys recommends the game for ages 7+ and it can accommodate 2 to 4 players. If all 5 of us want to play, Christian or I sit with one of the kids.

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Tri-Ominos is very easy to understand. Once the kids get older, they will start developing a strategy but it is a wonderful starter game to get them playing. They quickly understand the game and are able to compete against adults.

Mastermind

Who hasn’t played Mastermind as a child? I also feel like every single cruise ship carries one of those and Christian and I always end up spending evenings cruising around a game of Mastermind.

As Pressman Toys says it best: Codemaker vs. Codebreaker. This is a game for 2 where one creates a code and the opponent tries to break it. The code maker guides the code breaker through 10 attempts to break the code.

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Our 1st grader has been very anxious to learn to play that game and she is doing really well. It’s so much fun to see her try to decrypt the code!

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I find that our Kindergartener just doesn’t have the attention span to focus for long enough, but then again, his attention span in general is very limited and I think it is a great game for all elementary-school students. It gets them thinking and develop a strategy.

Christian and I love playing that game. It’s always a nice competition and the kids love watching, cheering us up!

What I really like about Mastermind is also the ability to focus on just one child. The code breaker has his/her own moment and is in total control of the outcome. Lots of fun!!

Pressman Toys

Rummikub, Tri-Ominos, and Mastermind are wonderful classic board games, by Pressman Toys, that keep our entire family entertained. I love seeing the kids get into gaming and watching their little brains spin is a wonderful thing! I know they are growing to love games and it’s a wonderful family activity. Once we are all into it, there are no distractions. We’re spending quality time together and it’s all about managing everyone’s reaction to loosing 🙂

We are creating family memories and traditions that will hopefully last a lifetime. Our kids love to play with us, with their grand parents, cousins, etc. Nothing is more wonderful than watching them interact with their loved ones. Another great benefit of family board games is making the kids feel like big people. They’re always ready to help with chores and ask to do “big people” things. Playing games with them is the best way to let them act as adults in a very controlled and safe setting. A clear win-win for all of us!

If Santa Claus is not quite sure what to get your kids this Holiday season, give him a hint for guaranteed fun!!

Happy gaming!


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35 Comments

  1. I love these games. We have them all, except we have normal Dominoes as that is a big deal in Puerto Rico where my husband is from. I remember Eternal Monopoly as a kid, remember that? I thought it would never end, but I loved it.

    • Lol, not only would it never end but my sister would win every single game we played! I can’t wait to play Monopoly with my kids and teach them money counting skills, and saving!!

  2. There is nothing like a good classic board game! I have to admit I still love getting out things like monopoly and cludeo!

  3. My daughter and her husband are big into board games. I love board games for family night.

  4. I’ve been waiting for the day that my 3-year-old could play board games with us! I always enjoyed them growing up, but he’s just been too young to really engage yet. That Tri-Onimos sounds amazing though, and he is LOVING numbers lately, so maybe that will be his first!

  5. I have ever heard of these games. My kids love playing board games so I will have go check these out

  6. One of the traditional game that i couldnt forget that made me think and enhance my english brain.

  7. We were a board game playing family growing up. We would also make sure to pack a couple into the station wagon when we went on vacation. There would always be a rainy day during vacation, so out the board games would come. Some of our best times as a family was due to rain..and board games.

    This post brought back so many great memories. Board games FTW!

    • Aw, those are some of my fondest memories as a kid too. We weren’t a board game family but would pack a couple of decks of cards and a Cluedo in the caravan in the summer. Rainy days would make for fun Rummy times and the occasional Cluedo!

  8. It has been a long time since I have played Rummikub. This is a great one for my family.

    • It truly is. So is Triominos. If the kids are old enough and you play the rules, there is quite a bit of strategy coming into play as you count the score at every play!

  9. Mastermind sounds like a ton of fun! I have never heard of that one before.

  10. We love playing board games on family night and I have never played any of these before. Need to purchase a few new ones.

  11. Rummikub has been one of my favorites since I was a kid and I recently introduced my own kids to it. I haven’t picked up the others yet, but might be adding them to the Christmas list!

  12. These are all such great classic games! I need to make it a point to play more board games with my kids!

  13. Rummikub is been with our family on Christmas day for over 20 years. We love Rummikub and we are all pretty competitive with it especially after a few rounds of drinks. Love it.

  14. My family are huge board game players. We loved Monopoly and a game called Poker where we played with pennies.

  15. Hannah Marie

    ahh, sounds fun! I remember when I was little we always play board games. I’d love to introduce this to my niece and enjoy playing with her. But she’s competitive and has her own rules. lol!

    • Oh boy, that reminds me of my 3-year old… own rules and boy, don’t we dare trying to teach her… 🙂 Fun memories though and definitely worth recording on camera!!

  16. Somehow not been a board game family but did enjoy bouts of Lud and chinese checkers with my Fam!!

  17. First, your kids are adorable! They certainly seem to be enjoying the games. This takes me back to my own childhood, and then when I was raising my own kids. We enjoyed board games, as well, and now it’s my grandchildren’s turn to do so.

  18. This is something that our little girls can play with. Too bad I don’t have time for game time anymore. Sigh, I need to spend more time with the kids aside from the part where I take care of them 🙁

    • I hear you Sigrid! It is hard to make time for fun when we try to manage the kids and a household. I need to pull myself away from the dishes and lunch preparation some nights, and consciously decide to play a boardgame with them. But those are the most rewarding times. The kids are so thankful for anytime we give them!

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