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Family game night got several new options added to the cupboard at Christmas this year.
We live in the midwest so winters around here can get long and boring. This year, I used Christmas as on opportunity to take our game night cupboard up a notch. To be honest, I was getting tired of playing gold-fish or Candy Land. Game night is such an easy and fun way to gather up the kids and have some great conversations. We usually play a couple of nights a week after we eat dinner. The girls just see playing games, but I love that we can really have great conversations while making memories. Throwing in some snacks never hurts either!
My girls have several favorites out of the mix. Honestly, my husband and I don’t dread any of these games either. All three of these games have easy to understand rules that the girls, ages 3 and 4 1/2, caught onto really quickly.
This Princess game is everyone’s favorite pick! We play is several times a week. 2-5 players are given recipe cards to make their own princess themed cupcake. Each player takes a turn drawing a card that earns you a specific part of your cupcake, base, cake, frosting, or topper. There is also the highly sought after pick anything card! My four-year old does anything she can to find that one. You win when you complete all of your cupcakes.
It is a fairly quick-moving game that keeps their interest. The rules are simple enough that the girls are also able to play it together without any help. The box suggest ages 3 and up, and I feel this is right on. I highly suggest this game for any Princess fan in your life!
There are a few different versions of this game which makes it really cool. My girls received the Tangled set. The Tangle game seems to be discontinued now, but you can also get the Magic Castle, Cinderalla’s Coach and Frozen from what I’ve found. The really cool part is they can all hook together to play as one or you can play them separately. The tangled game is a very quick game. If you have a little one who is just starting out with playing games, or someone with a shorter attention span, this is a great choice. I can only tell you about the Tangled version, but I believe the object of the game is the same in each version. Each player takes a turn spinning and moving their figure around the board. Certain game spaces cause you to move backwards, or select a game token, or simply stay and wait until your next turn. The game tokens picture friends of the game figures, and if you pick your own friend you get to spin again. If the friend shown on the card isn’t yours, the next player goes. Very simple and very quick rounds. My girls can play this one by themselves too.
The Easter Bunny might just be bringing a couple more of these Pop up Magic games to our house!
There are also these cute little Mini Pop Up Magic games. We don’t have any of these, but they would be cute in Easter Baskets or for Valentine’s Day. They are for 1+ players.
My oldest loves Shopkins stuff. I’m not even sure she knows what Shopkins are (does anyone really?), but she get excited when she sees Shopkins stuff. Of course, she thought it was pretty cool to get a Shopkins game. I wasn’t sure how quickly she would catch on with this one, but they do play Bingo at Preschool sometimes.
The rules are the same as regular Bingo. It comes with two big dice to roll that give you the letter and a picture of the object you must match. The dice are pretty big for little hands. My 3-year-old has problems rolling both of them together, but not a huge deal. She doesn’t fully understand how to play yet, and needs help from Mom and Dad. She still enjoys playing the game, though. The recommended age is 4 and up for up to 6 players. This game is probably the longest playing time of the three, but it all depends on how quickly a player gets Bingo.
My family loves game nights, and these games truly add to the fun! I hope your family finds a favorite in this list for a fun family game night of making memories!