Games night! Our Favourite Family Games (Ages 4+)

We’ve always enjoyed playing games, even before T was born. On holiday Sharon and I would take a few games with us to enjoy of an evening, and when friends come round we often get the games out after dinner.

When T then came along it was natural for us to start shopping for age appropriate games for us to play with him, starting with matching games and pairs. When he then became old enough to understand more intricate rules he would join in on family games nights. This would often be limited to weekends, but now that T’s in school we try and avoid going straight for the television of an evening, and instead will often get a short game out to play together.

We’re probably a minority when we say we enjoy playing games as a family, but there’s just something really enjoyable – once you know how to play (!) – about sitting round a table and playing a game together, and not just at Christmas! I remember doing it when I was young and I hope T remembers it when he’s older. We find I’m more present and whilst you’re waiting for your turn you can talk about your day.

If you’re thinking of introducing family board games into your evening, here are a few of our favourites:

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Rainbow Rush by Big Potato Games (Review) [AD]

We’ve always been avid gamers in this household; with consoles taking up most of our time pre-kids. Nowadays though, playing board games is one of our favourite activities. We used to preserve board games for Christmases or holidays, but now that T has come a long and is of an age where he can understand the rules (not that he follows them!) we’ve found ourselves playing a lot more board games of an evening.

As much as we love tucking into a film or TV series, there’s something about switching everything off, sitting round a table, and playing  a board game together.

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