If you know me at all, you know I love games! Today I brainstormed the Top 10 Fun Game Ideas for Kids for Christmas. A few weeks ago I posted about Stocking Stuffers: Board Games now I just have board games that are fun -but bigger than a stocking. I actually put the games on 2 different lists: One list where the games come from Amazon, and another list where the games can be [eafl id=7537 name=”SimplyFun” text=”purchased elsewhere”] (but are amazing!). So, without much ado, here are the Top 10 fun game ideas for kids for Christmas.
Fun Game Ideas for Kids for Christmas (from Amazon)
Sorry – Slide, collide, and score to win the game of Sorry! Draw cards to see how far you get to move one of your pawns on the board. If you land on a Slide you can zip to the end and bump your opponents’ pawns – or your own! Jump over pawns, hide in your Safety zone, and get powers with the 2 power-up tokens. Keep on moving and bumping until you get all three of your pawns from your color Start to your color Home. But watch out, because if you get bumped, Sorry! It’s all the way back to Start! Sorry! and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Trouble -Pop into the racing, chasing game where everyone’s in Trouble! Set up your pegs and then hit the Pop-O-Matic die roller. Depending on what you roll, you can move your pegs to the Start space, move your pegs forward – or watch other players move while you can’t! Each of your pegs has to go all the way around the board to the Finish space, but watch out – if another player’s peg lands on the same space as yours, your peg has to start over. The player who gets all 4 pegs into the Finish space wins! Pop all around the board for the win when you play Trouble! Trouble, Pop-O-Matic and all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
Guess Who Game -Can you guess who your opponent’s Mystery Character before they guess yours? Then you’re ready to win this version of the classic Guess Whogame! Ask your opponent yes-or-no questions about the character’s color, wheels and other details, and close the doors to the wrong characters based on the answers. Make your guess when you’re ready, but don’t guess wrong – if you do, you can’t guess again until your next turn! But if you guess right, you’re the winner! Guess Whoand all related characters are trademarks of Hasbro.
HedBanz Game –Play Hedbanz, the quick question game of “What am I?” Ask “yes” or “no” questions to figure out if the cartoon on your head is an animal, food or man-made object. Be the first player to guess what you are and win! Hedbanz – the game where everybody knows by you!
Simon -The Game -Simon, the classic electronic memory game and one of the bestselling games of the 1980’s, is back with a sleeker look and enhanced features. Now added to the original game play is a digital screen with counter to guide you through each game. Simon challenges one or more players to memorize the hypnotic lights and sound sequences. 3 ways to play, with both 1 & 2 player modes! Experience the fun light effects as you advance to higher levels!
Fun Game Ideas for Kids for Christmas (from SimplyFun)
[eafl id=7538 name=”BeeAlert” text=”Bee Alert”]- Like all bears, our little buddy Beary loves the taste of honey! On each turn players must “BE ALER-T” to remember under which hive the colored bee was last seen.
[eafl id=7540 name=”DreamingDragon” text=”Dreaming Dragon”]- The sleeping dragon is protecting her stash of golden eggs, and she won’t be pleased to wake and find there are lizards sharing space in her warm nest. Help the lizards escape without breaking any of her precious eggs. It takes a careful hand to remove the lizards!
[eafl id=7737 name=”Word bits” text=”Word Bits”]-In Word Bits, words begin as one to four letter bits rolled on the letter dice. Pick a category card and make a word using those word bits that fit the category. Everyone plays at once, so be the first to call out your word to win the card. This game promotes quick thinking while building spelling and vocabulary skills.
[eafl id=7546 name=”Sumology” text=”Sumology”] – (Like Scrabble, for math!) Helps children build equations and do more advanced math using all four of the basic operators. Players must place their tiles in crossword fashion either horizontally or vertically to create valid equations. Each equation is worth the sum of all the digits used. Play alternates until the pool of tiles is exhausted.
15 to Zero – How fast can you match and add your cards to go from 15 Cards To Zero? Win the game by being the first player to get rid of his or her Number Cards by matching them to an individual number on a single die or the sum of two or more dice each turn. The first to match can discard those cards from their hand to get to zero before the other players.
Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.