My kids absolutely love board games. Board games are great because they bring families and friends together, require good social skills (like playing by the rules, taking turns, being a good sport), and teamwork. They require players to think ahead, detect patterns, and predict the outcome with alternative moves. I wanted to highlight three of our go-to games! These games in particular are great for developing critical thinking skills, logic, and deduction.
This is a fast paced game that requires players to build the pattern they see on the card. This game is exceptional for helping kids develop spacial reasoning skills. The first player to finish the pattern wins the card. The player with the most cards at the end wins. If a parent is playing with a younger child, they might want to let the child put in a few cubes before they begin. We've had so much fun with this game that not only did we get it as a gift for others, but we got the more advanced version, Q-bitz Extreme.
When I was a kid, I loved the game Battleship. Telepathy is also a grid game, but this one actually requires deduction skills!
To set up the game, each player chooses a grid. I chose G2 in the photo below, so I circled the blue square and the hand. My opponent chose her own square.
Now the game begins. We take turns guessing... You are trying to figure out the 1) row, 2) column, 3) color, AND 4) symbol. The first player guesses a square (for example Q 14 white star). If ALL those elements are incorrect if you answer NO. If AT LEAST one element is correct, you answer YES. The first player to figure out what square their opponent has chosen, wins the game.
This is currently my daughter's favorite game! This comes with a large stack of artistic cards. Each player gets seven cards for their hand. On a player's turn, they choose a card from their hand and a general term to describe it. So, for example in the game below my daughter, DD, said "Rainbows." Everyone pulls out a card that might have a rainbow related picture and gives it to that player. The player places all the cards out and everyone votes on which card they believe to be the player's card (the player who gave the hint, that is). DD managed to trick us in the turn below because her card was the rainbow lights whereas someone else put down the card with the actual rainbow in it!! So, in that case since DD managed to get at least one person to choose her card (but not everyone), she got to move ahead several spaces. And, the player whose card was chosen (even though it wasn't their turn) also moved ahead.
The fun part of this game is coming up with a hint that is broad enough that other players have good cards to go along with the hint, but specific enough that at least one player guesses their card!
Have fun with your family!
Liesl homeschools her three elementary age kids and loves finding creative, hands-on activities and great books to share with her kids. Check out her blog at homeschoolden.com and follow her on Facebook, ,Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.