Family game nights are awesome, but they aren’t always practical.
With school, sports, and other schedule filling activities, planning out an entire night to play games can be overwhelming. It can also mean it never happens.
Games have a great way of connecting us, they give kids a safe place to practice winning (and losing) gracefully, they teach patience and sometimes even math or reading.
Plus, playing family games is a great way to just have fun… together. That’s why games at our house are a priority.
Right now our busy schedules don’t allow for a set game time, that means we need to be ready with the best games for families to play together that match the amount of time we have. Luckily our game closet is well stocked.
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Best Games for Families to Play Together
So, how much time do you have? I have the best games for your family to play…
best family games for 5 – 10 minutes
Sometimes you find 5 minutes in the day and nothing to fill it with. Maybe waiting for someone to arrive or the moments between activities. That’s when it’s awesome to have a good quick game on hand.
- Spot It
- Tic Tac Toe (This link takes you to Tic Tac Toe using sight words. You could also use letter or shapes.)
- Art Dice (TinkerLab)
best family games for 15 minutes
The games on this list are perfect for kids with a shorter attention span. They can be played once through pretty quickly… but if time allows it… you can play again and again.
best family games for 30 minutes
30 minute games are great for relaxing between school and homework or connecting after dinner.
best family games for 1 hour or more
When you are looking for a way to fill an afternoon or evening, these games are perfect!
- 10,000 (We alter this a bit and play 5,000 when we want to get a quick game it.)
- Phase 10 Twist
- The Game of Life
- Catan (We came across this game a year or so ago. EVERYONE loves it. It’s great for adults only and great for adults playing with kids. We decided to go with the original version (there is a Catan: Junior) and have been very happy with that decision. There are expansion packs you can buy (and an Catan 5-6 Player Extension that makes this four player game a six player game). I see this being a game that is worth investing in. It will grow with us and be a game we play for years to come.)
What do you think the best games for families to play together are? How long do they take to play?