It’s time to be selfish and give your children gifts that you can also play with on Christmas. I love board games. They are memory makers. Tell me you don’t have a good memory of playing Hungry Hungry Hippos or know exactly who in your family should NOT be trusted with the title of banker in Monopoly. Board games are also great learning tools. They teach sportsmanship, strategy and the best part is that you usually don’t have to wait on line or go on eBay to find one during holiday season only to go home and wait for them to hatch… na-mean. You can still order most of these games online and get them before Christmas. So, without further adieu, here is my family approved (well, at least Gutierrez family approved) board game gift guide.
1. Powerpuff Girls Pop’n’Race Home – They’re back! But, were they every really gone though? The Powerpuff girls are back and in two board games. Got trouble? Help Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup Pop ‘n’ Race home with their spin on the classic game that we all love. Baron has been having a great time and the best part is that this game has helped him improve his math skills.
2. The Powerpuff Girls Saving Townsville Before Bedtime – If you want to squeeze in some family time before bedtime then this is everything. This timed game must be done before bedtime. I mean. Why didn’t I think of this? Since my children knew it was timed, they did not spend 30 minutes fighting over which game piece they were going to be. Winning!
3. Space Pop Galactic Glam Game – If you are not a fan of Space Pop on Youtube, you are missing out on hours of peace. My kids binge watched Space Pop and have started their own intergalactic band at home. Pure harmony, pun intended. The object of the game is to be the first player to get Rhea, Luna, Athena, Juno or Hera ready for the show first wins!
4. Stick Stack – The level of anxiety I feel while playing Stick Stack is unreal. You must also take into account that my heart cannot handle the suspense that is a jack-in-the-box. This game forces you to be strategic and possibly even find religion because I was praying to every God out there that I wasn’t the one that made all the sticks fall. Thankfully, my prayers were answered and it was always Luis. Phew! Thank you holy Gods of the universe!
5. Suspicion – I feel like I have to love this game because it takes place at the estate of an art collector named Baron. I’m not saying we are competitive, I’m just saying that Penelope is really good at this game and I’m waiting for her to not be on her a-game because she must go down. You have to be on your toes and pay attention to everything in this game because everyone is a suspect.
6. Really Bad Art – This game is so much fun! We laughed so hard at our, okay my sad excuses for art. The game is suggested for ages X and up but my 4, 8 and 10 year old played and all understood and enjoyed. I have not been able to stop talking about this game and recommending it to everyone. I even made history with my drawing for accidents happen.
7. Dr. Seuss Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun Game! – No need to wait for a rainy day for Thing One and Thing Two to stop by. The player or players (yes, this game can be played solo) have to pick up the mess created by Thing One and Thing Two before mother gets home. What I love the most about this game is that it can be played by a party of one.
8. My First Banana Grams – This game is perfect for learning letters, sounds and sight words. My First Banana Grams is targeted for ages 4 and up and like the OG Bananagrams it offers different activities and mini games to play. I think this is a great gift to donate to you child’s pre-school or kindergarten class. It’s such a fun learning tool. I enjoy that I can pop it in my purse and take it with me to restaurants. I feel a lot less guilty if Baron is putting words together than playing on a tablet.
9. Dinkee Linkee for Kids – 800 questions. 2 minutes to learn. No boring waiting your turn and 30 minutes to play. I love a timed board game. I have recently learned that Sophia loves being smarter than me. Let’s not give her too much credit for being the reigning champion of Dinkee Linkee because at the end of the day it is a brain game and unfortunately, my brain is filled with having to know where everyone’s shoes are.
I hope you found something you liked on this list! Better yet, I hope you got off an obnoxious line for an egg and are working on creating fun memories with your family and some wine. Get off that line! What are you waiting for, Christmas!?