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Favorite Family Games


Congratulations to Joy Newman, the winner of the Kindness drawing! Look for your Jamba Juice card in your family file this week!

Who's ready for a family game night? With Christmas break right around the corner, there’s more space for relaxed (or heated?) family game time and we thought we’d ask some of our SLOCA families which board games are their favorites. We got several responses and want to pass along the suggestions. If you’re looking for a new game (or an old classic) to get the family for Christmas, read on! 

The Cheney family

Spot It – the whole family can play and it’s really fun. BWise also has a version to help young ones learn their letters.

The Campbell family

Ticket to Ride Europe – there are other versions available too!

The Newman family

Qwirkle, Blokus, Monopoly, Sorry, Go fish, and New World

The Dahl family

Life, Chinese Checkers, Chess (with grandpa!), Jenga, and Professor Noggin’s History of the United States, which has been fun to play while studying this time period!

The Keck family

Risk, Axis and Allies, Tsuro, Settlers of Catan, and the card game Golf

The Curzan family

Uno, Mouse Trap, Bananagrams, Appletters

The Dow family

Scrabble, and a matching game with our latin words

The Malley kids are reported to like to play Spoons, Dominoes, and Mexican Train Dominoes.

You also might want to check out a recent post from Simple Homeschool called “The 10 Best Educational Games to Add to Your Christmas List“.

One last thing to throw out there for Christmas break fun: There are many online educational games (we'll post in the future with some suggestions for these!) and you may have a love/hate relationship with them, but here's an online game worth sharing. It's a logic game called Sugar Sugar. Beware, it can be very addictive for adults as well as kids!

Thanks to all the families who shared their favorite games. Why not try a new one this holiday season?

Let's talk: What games does your family like to play? Do you have another game to recommend that wasn't mentioned here? Leave a comment and share with us!

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