These are a bunch of our favorite games…
My kids still play several of the games that were featured in my post about games for ages 3 and up. As they have grown, we have been able to branch out to a plethora of games geared to older kids. Below are our favorites.
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Bingo (Ages 6 and up. Multiple players.) If the kids can figure out a system for who gets to spin the bingo cage and call the numbers, this classic game will be a hit. Throw some quarters in as prizes and they will really want to play. Bingo is especially fun with friends or extended family.
Qwirkle (Ages 6 and up. 2-4 players. We have played with up to 6 players at a time and it still works.) This is a fun strategy game of patterns. It is both a luck and strategy game. My whole family enjoys this game.
Hedbanz (Ages 7 and up. I really think kids younger than 7 can play this game. 2-6 players) There is also a Hedbanz Junior (Ages 5 and up. 2-4 players.) A fun guessing game that the whole family can play.
Skip Bo (Ages 7 and up. 2-6 players.) I have wonderful memories of playing this game with my great grandma. It was one of her favorites and that automatically puts it on my favorites list!
Phase 10 (Ages 7 and up. 2-6 players) This game can be a blast or the most frustrating experience if you are dealt the right or wrong cards. The great part is that everyone has the same odds. We love to take this game on vacation with us.
Monopoly (Ages 8 and up. 2-4 players.)
The Settlers of Catan (Age 5 and up stated. 2-4 players in the original game. 5-6 players with the expansion pack.) In my experience, 5 years old is too young. Our 8 year old is just learning to play and our 10 year old can finally play independently. There is a Catan Junior available that appears to be more suitable to ages 5 and up. We haven’t personally played the junior version. This is a long game and takes some practice to learn the strategy involved. Even if you have a great strategy, the roll of the dice will dictate a lot in this fun game.
Dutch Blitz (Ages 8 and up. 2-4 players with the original pack. Up to 8 players with the expansion pack.) I hate this game. The fast pace and loud aggressive nature of it stresses me out. My kids and their cousins, however, LOVE it. This is not fun to play if you are a beginner and playing against someone who is practiced, because the newbie will be creamed. But, if you master it, then you can do the creaming as you teach others to play.
Pit (Ages not listed. 3-8 players.) This is a fast paced, loud game, sure to be a hit in a crowd. Based on trading cards mimicking the stock market, shouts, groans, and laughter will fill your table.
Ticket to Ride (Ages 8 and up. 2-6 players.) This game takes awhile to play. It is a quiet game in comparison to some others. This is a strategy game that we are still learning at my house. I would say that some 8 year olds may not be ready for this game, but others may take right to it.
Apples to Apples Junior (Ages 9 and up. 4-8 players.) There is also a standard Apples to Apples version. (Ages 12 and up. 4-8 players) This game requires a decent reading level and some creative thinking. It is sure to spur on some giggles.