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Rainy-Day Entertainment: Five Best Board Games for Kids

Submitted by on January 24, 2016 – 11:48 AMNo Comment
Rainy-Day Entertainment: Five Best Board Games for Kids

Despite the fact that Florida is the “Sunshine State”, there are still plenty of rainy days. Kids can quickly grow restless if they are cooped up in the house, too. It’s important to stimulate your kids’ brains without lots of screen time, so here are five of the best (and most fun!) board games for kids and parents alike.

Hedbanz

You can play Hedbanz while you prepare lunch or fold laundry, and it’s absolutely hilarious at the same time. Essentially, each player puts a plastic headband around his or her head, draws a card at random, and places it in the headband. Everyone but the wearer can see the card, and each player must ask yes or no questions in order to determine what is on his or her card. For example, if the player’s card is a monkey, he or she may ask “Am I an animal?” or “Do I have feathers?” in an attempt to narrow it down. The first person to guess his or her card correctly wins.

Hedbanz is for kids ages six years and up, and as many as six people can play together at a time.

Clue

Who doesn’t love Clue? Kids ages nine and up can put on their sleuth caps and try to determine who committed the crime using the process of elimination. It’s a lot like a logic puzzle; they are given specific bits of information, and they can use that information to eliminate certain suspects and locations. If you have a junior detective on your hands, you can’t go wrong with this classic.

Clue is for kids ages 8 years and up, and it is for three to six players.

Spot It

Fans of “Where’s Waldo?” and similar find-the-object games will really enjoy Spot It. There are 55 circular cards in the game, and each one has eight different symbols in different sizes and orientations. The goal is to be the first player to determine which symbol appears commonly between two or more of the cards. Each time you make a match, you swap out those cards for new ones. It sounds simple, but it can get hectic fairly quickly. Don’t be surprised if your 10-year-old beats you. After all, kids can be pretty observant.

Spot It is for kids ages seven and up, but younger kids can play, too. It’s a great game for anywhere between two and eight players, and thanks to its small size, it’s perfect for some backseat travel fun.

Telestrations

Telestrations is another game that can become absolutely hilarious. Each person gets a dry-erase sketchbook, a word card, and a marker. It’s a bit like Pictionary in that everyone must draw his or her word in the book, and then pass the book to the person on the left after 60 seconds. Everyone has to guess in words what they believe they see, and at the end of it all, everyone compares answers. If someone guesses correctly, they win the round. However, it’s usually the guesses that don’t win that cause the most laughter.

Telestrations is for kids ages 12 and up, but this is only a guideline. Younger kids can get in on the fun, too. It’s for up to eight players.

Pandemic

Pandemic is a great game for older kids. It’s all about collaboration as your goal is to stop disease from wiping out mankind. Four diseases are ravaging the globe, and each player represents a specialist within a certain medical field. It is your goal to work together, playing to each person’s strengths, to find cures for the diseases and stop the outbreaks that continue to grow in number as the game progresses.

Pandemic is for everyone ages 13 and up, and it requires a total of four players. Younger kids may not feel as entertained since a lot of this game is about strategy, but if you have an aspiring physician on your hands, it may fit the bill.

Although games like Monopoly and Sorry can provide some entertainment on rainy days, kids often groan at the idea of sitting down for three hours to roll dice. Fortunately, these five board games offer lots of laughs and an opportunity for families to bond through strategy.


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