Board games are great for long weekends, lazy afternoons and those days when you just can't think of anything else to craft out of an egg box.
It can be tricky, though, to find board games that the whole family can enjoy. If you have toddlers, they get board easily and can't play with small parts. If you have older children, they need more stimulation and imaginative games to play.
So if it's raining outside and you don't want to watch yet another re-run of Hey Duggee or Frozen 2, choose a board game from the cupboard and enjoy some family time together. Here are our favourite family board games that everyone can enjoy.
We know how much everyone loves The Gruffalo, so bring him to life in this fun dice board game, for ages three and up. Can you help the little mouse to get home safely?
Another outing for The Gruffalo, this time in a memory game. Aimed at ages three and up, it’s a great way to test your little one’s memory, and they’ll love matching up the images.
Sophie Knight, mum to Eli, 2.5, said: "If the memory game is a bit tricky, you can always play ‘snap’ with the cards instead."
Give everyone a plate, then match the cards up and see who ends up with the most cupcakes. The illustrations are bright and cheerful, and this game encourages politeness – get your toddler to ask “Would you like my cupcake?” and encourage please and thank yous with this fun little card game. You’ll want to bake cupcakes afterwards, though.
Susan Douglas, nana to Eli, 2.5, said: "Eli loves playing this game when he comes to my house. It's great for teaching manners and he loves sharing out the cakes between plates. He does always steal the chocolate ones though!"
It needs no introduction, does it. It’s good to see a wooden game, rather than even more plastic, too.
UNO is a classic – this Extreme version has an extra level of difficulty thanks to the introduction of a random card shooter. Pressing a button has never been so nerve-racking! It’s aimed at ages seven and up, but get your little ones involved with the numbers and colours and you can all enjoy it together.
It’s aimed at ages six and up, and because of the small parts, be careful if you have any younger ones. But it’s great for dexterity and fine motor skills, and you know you’ll have as much fun as the children.
It says on the box that this is for children aged eight and above, but it’s Playdough, so little ones can still get involved and have fun – even if they’re not following the rules properly.
With more than 200 questions about the Disney universe, young children will love this game, and toddlers will enjoy all the characters and colours. Questions include “The colour of Scar’s mane” to “The colour of the feather in Captain Hook’s hat” and “The colour of the buttons on Olaf the Snowman” – you answer by holding up your card of the correct colour.
Choose a card and act out the facial expressions – little ones will love making funny faces with you.
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