Family game nights are perfect for bringing loved ones together for fun, laughter and some friendly competition. Board games foster learning and provide hours of entertainment. Plus, math games for middle school offer a fun and wonderful way for older kids to work on math facts.
The holidays provide the ideal opportunity to find some new favorites. In our house, a new game finds its way under our tree every year!
Hopefully this gift guide will inspire you to add a game or two to your holiday shopping list.
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Board Games that are Great for Older Kids
1-4 players, 8+
We’ve played this game for years. It’s definitely a family favorite!
- Labyrinth is a maze game that changes every time you play because most of the tiles are randomly placed as you start.
- Players travel through the maze trying to reach “treasures.” But on each turn, you push in an extra maze piece, pushing an opposite one off the board, essentially changing the labyrinth.
- This game involves strategy and quick thinking. Your plans are always changing as you move around the board, because the board is constantly shifting!
2-4 players, 5+
We received this game one Christmas and we always have fun when we play.
- In Blokus, everyone has various shaped pieces in a specific color. The object is to get rid of as many of them as you can by the end of the game
- Players can lay down pieces as long as they are touching the corner of one already on the board.
- This is a great game for spatial thinking, abstract learning and planning. I don’t think any of us have ever gotten rid of all of our components. The board fills up quickly!
2 or more players, 7+
This is another game that we have owned for years. My husband and I used to play it together and now we’ve taught it to the girls.
- The Sequence board contains squares representing two decks of cards. During a player’s turn, they choose one card and put a chip on the corresponding space.
- The object is to get a sequence of five in a row. It sounds easy, but with so many chips on the board, it’s hard to keep track of who is close to a sequence, even yourself!
- You can use strategy to remove an opponent’s chip, forcing them to change their game plan.
- When playing this game you need to plan and think a couple of moves ahead. It involves a lot of strategy and takes a lot of concentration.
Don’t forget about Number Rings, a cool math game. It’s definitely a fun way to review repetitive math skills.
Fun Learning Games
1-8 players, 7+
I use this game as a part of our Language Arts studies. My girls love to complete the puzzles from the book.
- Bananagrams is a fun anagram game. Players build crossword grids while racing against each other.
- You can also use the Bananagrams Official Book for a wide variety of games to play.
- Playing this game requires creativity and expands spelling and reading skills.
2-6 players, 8+
This game has us roaring with laughter every time we play it.
- Each player gets a random card listing a “person,” “place,” or “thing” to put in their headband.
- During your turn, another player acts out what’s on your head while you try to guess who or what you are.
- I love that it involves creativity, vocabulary and critical thinking.