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10 Must-Have Family Board Games

Ticket to Ride: EuropeThe snow is falling, the temperature is dropping, and chestnuts are being roasted on open fires. Ok, so we’ve never actually roasted any chestnuts on an open fire, but we sing about it a lot this time of year. The other thing we do a lot of this time of year is play family board games.

So what are the best board games to pull out on cold winter nights?
Well, that depends a lot on who and how many people are playing. That’s why we think it’s important to make sure your game shelf or game closet is supplied with a variety of family board games so you’re ready for any occasion.

BlokusThat’s why we’ve put together this list of the top board games that we believe every family should have on their game shelf. These are the 10 board games that we’ll make sure to rescue if our house is burning down – or at least the first to buy again if the fire marshal stops us from running back in. And with over 160 games in our game closet, this is a tough list to make. They’re all great board games and we have no hesitation in recommending all of them to every family out there.

Note: Even though we’ve listed the manufacturer suggested ages, we find that often times those ages are higher than necessary. Most likely your kids will be up to the challenge before then.

Pandemic1. Ticket to Ride – Strategic fun

Ticket to Ride is a fantastic family board game that’s great for people of all ages. Players compete to build train routes on the board and earn points based on the length and destinations. We love that it has a good balance of strategy and luck and is simple to learn and play. Learning to plan your route based on your cards and knowing when to block others are the keys to a good strategy. There are different versions to choose from – we like the Europe version the best. But any version is a must-have.
See our full review of Ticket to Ride: Europe.
2-5 Players, Ages 8+, 45 Minutes, Around

Sequence2. Blokus – Spacial recognition and planning

Blokus is an abstract strategy game with colored Tetris-shaped pieces that players are trying to play onto the board. The only caveat to placing a piece is that it may not lie adjacent to your other pieces, but instead must be placed touching at least one corner of your pieces already on the board. Blokus is great for developing spacial recognition skills as well as strategic planning. As the game nears the end is when it really gets tricky – and fun.

Mattel Uno Card Game
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  • Be the first player or team to score 500 points
  • Points are scored by being the first to rid yourself of all the cards in your hand before your opponents

And visit and play board games

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But the game would be after Dad leaves.
We do special "thanksgiving" things between the time of Thanksgiving Day and New Year's Eve.
Secretly give a nativity set, one piece at a time to a certain family - ending with cookies, hot cocoa and baby Jesus.
There's a "thankful for" list we go through where you are reminded of things you have (basic things you rarely think about even) that many across the world do not. You count how many items are in your home and put money in the jar for each one. At the end, the money is sent to a friend who works with those who do NOT have those basic items.
We also take off from school during this time, visit nursing homes and MAYBE this year the children's hospital, too.
those are not things we...

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