Toys are great for kids, but often many toys are individualized, meaning children tend to play with toys by themselves. That’s all well and good, but such play doesn’t promote interaction with other children, which can build excellent life skills such as cooperation and patience. And that’s where games come in. Not just “board games”, but all kinds of games that allow your kids to have some competitive fun with other children or even adults.
When children play games they learn all sorts of valuable skills and life-lessons. Cooperation, rule-following, patience, strategy, and also sportsmanship. When such attributes can be instilled at a young age the child will be on a great start in life.
Here are some of our selections for top-rated and award-winning games that kids will love for Christmas or their birthday in 2019 and beyond.
Disney Villainous Board Game
Kids love their Disney heros and princesses, but they also have an attraction to the villains. With the Disney Villainous Board Game kids play as their favorite evil-doers like Maleficent, Ursula, and Captain Hook. Players take on the role of the villain and plan out their schemes in the way of the villain to reach their objective before the other villains. In the process kids, I mean the villains, will set traps, wield curses, work with their evil allies, be genuinely diabolical.
The game is very well designed for kids, with oversized pieces, immersive storytelling, and a detailed scheming guide for each villain. This game is recommended for ages 10 and up.
Monster Match Dice and Card Game
Here is a fun game for the younger crowd. The Monster Match Dice and Card Game is great for kids ages 6 and up. It is a quick-paced game of catching, of all things, cute little donut-eating monsters. When players roll the “Monster Dice” they hurry to find a monster that matches the dice rolled. It’s a real challenge for the kids to find a monster matching either 3 eyes…or 4 arms! Kids need to be quick and strategic in this game. It’s pretty easy to learn and easy to play.
Unstable Unicorns Card Game
We like this simple little game. With the Unstable Unicorns Game you can build a unicorn army because unicorns are your friends. Unstable Unicorns is a strategic card game about destruction and unicorns, two things that kids can really get into. The first person to build an army of 7 unicorns wins the game.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip
Dr. Biscuits’ Radical Road Trip is not just one game, it is a collection of 60 games for those long road trips where boredom can be a real problem. There are 6 categories of games to choose from, each one containing 10 games. The Categories are: Everlasting Games, Logical Games, Ridiculous Games, Games for Humanity, Creative Games and Games Outside the Car. Your kids will be hard pressed NOT to find a game in this set that they’ll want to play.
Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Voice Originals: When in Rome Trivia Game
We found a more advanced game that is geared towards technologically-aware teenagers. The When In Rome Trivia Game brings in an unlikely emcee: Amazon’s Alexa. During the play of this game you prompt Alexa to ask the trivia questions that must be answered to progress through the game. The game is geared towards world travel, and the questions accordingly focus on relevant categories such as slang and language, food and drink and random and strange.
This game does require that you connect to the ‘when in Rome’ skill on your Alexa-enabled device, such as the Amazon Echo. Players split into two teams, and compete each other to make new friends, earn upgrades and collect souvenirs in the cities they visit. This is such an original game that we can’t leave it off our list.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.