Team Favourites : Family Games

Games are one of the best ways to put aside all the distractions of modern day life, and just have some fun together as a family… and perhaps even get a bit competitive! 🙂 We have chosen these games because most of them can be played from three years old, which means everyone can join in and bond as a family. And we love that games are also a great shared experience for siblings, like the photos of Kate’s children playing with dominos (in her beautiful new home!).

We’ve listed some of our favourite games below. Hopefully these tips will come in handy for upcoming rainy days.

Eight favourite Family Games :

  1. Bingo – An easy version of Bingo (fill up your puzzle) that even really young kids can play. Lovely illustrations too! – Courtney 
  2. Double – This is a great game for the whole family, and everyone has an equal chance of winning. Even Marlow played this at age 3! And I love that it’s small enough to fit in your handbag for games on the go. – Courtney and Vicky
  3. Suspend – A fun balancing game that Emilie gave us for Christmas, and our children love. Perhaps it’s the architect’s genes, they love to build tall towers to see who can make it to the top 🙂 – Esther
  4. Ludo – This is a common game in most European homes but strangely, none of my American friends and family have heard of it! It is a big hit now in our house, and we love Hedgehog’s retro version. – Lara in London
  5. Jenga – Stack ’em high game, and test both patience and skill. – Esther
  6. Animal Upon Animal – Another fun stacking game using beautiful little wooden animals that you must stack onto a crocodile. It’s great for creativity and coordination and can be just as fun for children to play alone or with parents. – Vanessa
  7. Memory – A great game for the whole family, for concentration and …memory!  We especially love these pretty German illustrations on the Selecta memory sets. – Lara in London
  8. Orchard – You all play as a team to try to beat the greedy raven. You either win or lose as team, which takes away the competetive nature. – Courtney

What are your family’s favourite games? We would love to know so we can add some new ones to our repertoire.

Lara xx


Comments (13)

May 22, 2017

Uno is a family favourite. So is Scrabble (but takes more time). And my kids also get a kick out of Sussed. It’s a fun, easy game for kids and adults to play together and there is always a lot of laughter during it too!

Lara in London
May 22, 2017

Laughter is the very best reason for games… thanks for these great suggestions!

May 22, 2017

We LOVE Labyrinth by Ravensburger. Bananagrams is great too! Both are for a bit older…..the 7 plus crowd.

May 22, 2017

We love HABA Clippety-Clop too. You can play it with three year olds, but you can make it more difficult for older children. And we love Carcassonne Junior. It’s like a puzzle for young children, but a competetive game for older children.

Annie from Brimful
May 22, 2017

Phase 10 is a favorite here!

Lara in London
May 23, 2017

Will have to add that to my list of games to buy, thanks Annie!

May 22, 2017

We just discovered Dancing Eggs by Haba. I super fun game for a family – lots of laughs! We played with our 3 & 7 year olds.

May 23, 2017

Our son’s favorites (4 years old) : “Hop Hop Hop” (it’s a team game”), Camelot junior (logic game), …

Older daugther : Werewolves of Millers Hollow, The Game On Fire Card Game, Concept, ticket to Ride…. There are so many great family games !
Thank you for your ideas.

May 24, 2017

I think ludo might be equivalent to what northern Americans call parcheesi! I love the ludo retro version, although it might fall under my husbands outlandish rule of ‘no creepy elves ‘ in the house.

May 28, 2017

We love Hoot Owl Hoot (co-operative and fun from age 4) and Sushi Go (great for age 6+).

May 30, 2017

Labyrinth is at the moment an absolute favourite in our family. A game that we have already for at least 8 years and never bores young nor old: is this blue box with small 26 small shapes and a manual timer no batteries!) to be set in which time you have to add all the (small) shapes into the right opening otherwise they all jump up, which normally goes along with squeaks of joy and fear at the same time. you can improve your speediness by setting the timer lower and lower!.
I have never seen this game again since I bought it 8 years ago. Anyone knows what it is called?? It never bores and it surprisingly hard to complete. I am definitely going to try Esther’s recommended game suspend! Looks like fun!

June 26, 2017

Mimes also works – Djeco makes a great set. They also have a variety of games like Uno (e.g. old maid) that we like to play as of age 4. I played ludo as a kid in the US and we called it parcheesi – maybe it was a brand.

August 8, 2017

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