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Our Favorite Games for Bonding & Growth

Our Favorite Games for Bonding & Growth

JANUARY 8TH, 2021

We love playing games as a family. Games are great for girls because laughter and fun build family closeness. Plus, games encourage strategic thinking and intellectual development. But all games are not created equal. Our favorite games are not simply tolerated by adults, but are genuinely enjoyed. This makes for a higher quality experience for the whole group and makes it more likely that everyone will play together again. If you’re looking for a new game for your next game night, here are some of our faves.
Cat Crimes is different from most of the games available today because it’s collaborative and focused on logic. The group works together to figure out which cat committed a minor crime (like spilling the coffee). It’s fun to work together as a family and practice critical reasoning and logical deduction together. We also like how you can tailor the game based on the age and experience of the players. It can be surprisingly tough!
We love Tenzi because it’s quick to learn and play. You can figure out the rules and finish your first game in under three minutes! The most basic version of Tenzi involves two or more players, each with ten dice. The player to get ten matching dice first wins. Once you’ve mastered that version, there are 9 more fun ways to play. Because the game is so quick, it’s easy to fit in between tasks, when you might not have time for a longer game. This game encourages quick thinking.
Slapzi is another fun game from the makers of Tenzi. This game is also played very quickly, but it doesn’t use dice. Slapzi is all about matching picture cards to clue cards. This game reinforces quick thinking and creativity.
Chess is great for families that really want to dig into strategic thinking and play. Even if you’re not a chess master yourself, it can be fun to learn alongside your child. Reading the book Chess for Children: How to Play the World's Most Popular Board Game is a great way to learn together. The book has a few odd illustrations in it, but the chess instruction and strategy basics are excellent.
Yahtzee’s a classic! This fun dice game involves rolling and filling out a score card. It’s good for practicing mental math and making tough decisions.
Trouble’s another classic. The popper (a plastic bubble you press to roll the die) is fun and novel, and the game is great for practicing counting. It’s also a good one for practicing sportsmanship because it’s common to think you’re doing well, then suddenly land yourself in trouble and have to start over.
We’re always on the hunt for strategy games, but it’s hard to find ones that aren’t based on war. Photosynthesis is neat because it’s a strategy game that’s all about growing trees. This is a longer game (more along the lines of monopoly), so it’s a better fit for older kids or kids 8+ that can handle that.
We hope you have fun with these!
Our Favorite Games for Bonding & Growth

JANUARY 8TH, 2021

We love playing games as a family. Games are great for girls because laughter and fun build family closeness. Plus, games encourage strategic thinking and intellectual development. But all games are not created equal. Our favorite games are not simply tolerated by adults, but are genuinely enjoyed. This makes for a higher quality experience for the whole group and makes it more likely that everyone will play together again. If you’re looking for a new game for your next game night, here are some of our faves.
Cat Crimes is different from most of the games available today because it’s collaborative and focused on logic. The group works together to figure out which cat committed a minor crime (like spilling the coffee). It’s fun to work together as a family and practice critical reasoning and logical deduction together. We also like how you can tailor the game based on the age and experience of the players. It can be surprisingly tough!
We love Tenzi because it’s quick to learn and play. You can figure out the rules and finish your first game in under three minutes! The most basic version of Tenzi involves two or more players, each with ten dice. The player to get ten matching dice first wins. Once you’ve mastered that version, there are 9 more fun ways to play. Because the game is so quick, it’s easy to fit in between tasks, when you might not have time for a longer game. This game encourages quick thinking.
Slapzi is another fun game from the makers of Tenzi. This game is also played very quickly, but it doesn’t use dice. Slapzi is all about matching picture cards to clue cards. This game reinforces quick thinking and creativity.
Chess is great for families that really want to dig into strategic thinking and play. Even if you’re not a chess master yourself, it can be fun to learn alongside your child. Reading the book Chess for Children: How to Play the World's Most Popular Board Game is a great way to learn together. The book has a few odd illustrations in it, but the chess instruction and strategy basics are excellent.
Yahtzee’s a classic! This fun dice game involves rolling and filling out a score card. It’s good for practicing mental math and making tough decisions.
Trouble’s another classic. The popper (a plastic bubble you press to roll the die) is fun and novel, and the game is great for practicing counting. It’s also a good one for practicing sportsmanship because it’s common to think you’re doing well, then suddenly land yourself in trouble and have to start over.
We’re always on the hunt for strategy games, but it’s hard to find ones that aren’t based on war. Photosynthesis is neat because it’s a strategy game that’s all about growing trees. This is a longer game (more along the lines of monopoly), so it’s a better fit for older kids or kids 8+ that can handle that.
We hope you have fun with these!

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