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Time for Fun and Games: 60 Games for Mighty Girls

A Mighty Girl's top picks of empowering games for game lovers of all ages!

Whether it’s an activity for a rainy or snowy day, or part of a weekly family game night, there’s nothing more fun than a good game! Card games, board games, video games, and logic games are great entertainment for one or more people and an excellent way to build a variety of skills, from spatial awareness to planning and strategy to social skills like taking turns.

If you're looking for a great new game for someone on your gift list, we've included many unique options for all ages in our new blog post. In the five thematic sections below, we'll find a little bit of everything, from storytelling to puzzle solving, from solitaire games to games for teams. So get ready to get gaming!

For even more games for kids of all ages, visit our Games Collection. For more girl-empowering toys of all varieties, check out our 2017 Girl Empowerment Holiday Gift Guide and our 2017 Holiday Guide blog series.

Make Your Move: Strategy Games

Games for two or more players often involve more than mastery of the rules: you'll also have to develop clever strategies — and respond to the strategies of other players. These strategy games will teach kids that patience and cunning can win the day!

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 3 - 5

Even the littlest kids can start learning strategy! In this game, kids try to help the squirrel fill their tree stump full of acorns of the right colors. But you can also spin to steal an acorn or lose an acorn, which is where the strategy comes in — choose carefully to give yourself the best chance of winning. Along the way, kids also develop matching and sorting skills, and the cute Squirrel Squeezers help build pre-writing skills. This game has just enough of a mix of strategy and luck to be fun for the youngest gamers.

Qwirkle

Qwirkle

Manufacturer: MindWare
Recommended Age: 6 - 12

The straightforward premise of this game — match tiles to win points — belies how addictive it is! The more tiles you place at once, the more points you score, but as the game advances, there may be fewer and fewer places you can place tiles. Of course, if you do manage to tie into tiles that are already on the table, your score can only go up... This award-winning game will challenge kids brains as they scheme how to place tiles to score high and block their opponents. And for fun on the go, there's also a travel Qwirkle that comes with smaller tiles and a handy carrying pouch.

No Stress Chess

No Stress Chess

Manufacturer: Winning Moves
Recommended Age: 7 and up

With this unique set, you can learn the rules of a classic game with an innovative deck of action cards! Each card depicts a chess piece and how it moves. In the first phase of play, you move according to which action card you draw; as kids advance, they'll draw three cards and choose which move they think offers the best strategy. Finally, when they're comfortable with the game, flip over the board to the side with no hints and play regulation chess.

The Princess and the Goblin Game

The Princess and the Goblin Game

Manufacturer: Bellwether Games
Recommended Age: 7 and up

Fans of the classic book The Princess and the Goblin will love this game from Bellwether Games! In this tile-laying game, you'll help Princess Irene as she journeys into the goblins' underground caves in search of clues to their evil plans. When you think you have enough clues, start following your escape path out of the mountain... but watch out for goblins! This game even includes a solo play option for when you can't get a game group together.

Dixit

Dixit

Manufacturer: Asmodee
Recommended Age: 8 and up

The trick to this inventive game is all in the details! The active player chooses an image and gives a brief description, while the other players try to guess which card she's describing. Correct answers give points to both the guesser and the active player, while incorrect answers only give points to the active player. Be careful, though! If nobody guesses the card, the active player gets no points, but all the other players do. The beautiful images on these cards provide plenty of fodder for coming up with creative descriptions, and kids will love figuring out exactly how much detail to include for their best chance to score.

Photosynthesis

Photosynthesis

Manufacturer: Blue Orange
Recommended Age: 8 and up

In this game from Blue Orange, the goal is green energy! Cultivate your trees to take best advantage of the sun... without blocking out the littlest seedlings from the much-needed light. As your trees move through their life cycle, you'll earn points when they catch the light — but since the sun shifts in the sky, the tree that was in a clearing a few turns ago could be in darkness now, so you'll have to think ahead. With exquisite artwork and a unique game mechanic, this game is a unique way to learn about the energy that powers a tree's life cycle.

Dragonwood: A Game of Dice and Daring

Dragonwood: A Game of Dice and Daring

Manufacturer: Gamewright
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Enter the Dragonwood — if you dare! Ogres, goblins, and even dragons lurk in the depths of this wood, and adventurers who defeat them will be well rewarded. Players collect adventurer cards that earn dice to use in battles, but choose carefully: use too many when you battle that goblin and you'll be unprepared if the dragon is around the corner! Beautifully illustrated, this constantly-changing game also provides plenty of replayability.

Unearth

Unearth

Manufacturer: Brotherwise Games
Recommended Age: 8 and up

What will you Unearth? In this game from Brotherwise Games, your dice represent your team of delvers, searching for treasures underground. Roll your dice, modify them with Delver cards, and then place one on a Ruin or a Stone to see if you can claim it for your own; high numbers claim Ruins while low numbers claim Stones. Race to find or rebuilt the relics of the lost Golden Age before the End of Age card signals your time is up. With a combination of luck and strategy, this game will appeal to a broad mix of players.

Ticket to Ride

Ticket to Ride

Manufacturer: Days of Wonder
Recommended Age: 8 and up

It's the year 1900, and the players around the table have a little wager: each is trying to see the most cities in North America in 7 days, all by train. The stakes are high as players collect train cards to connect routes from city to city. The longer the route, the more point you score; players can also score extra points by building the longest continuous railway and by fulfilling their Destination Tickets by joining two particular cities. Fans of this cross-country adventure and strategy game will also want to check out Ticket to Ride: Europe which adds new gameplay elements like Tunnels, Ferries, and Train Stations.

5-Minute Dungeon

5-Minute Dungeon

Manufacturer: Spin Master
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Cooperate or perish in this dungeon-themed game with a five-minute time limit! Each player takes the role of an intrepid hero, one of a party working their way through a dungeon. Dangerous monsters, perilous obstacles, and terrifying Dungeon Bosses stand between you and your goal. With no turns, the gameplay is fast and furious! Five different dungeons and a randomly selected mix of obstacles mean endless replayability for this clever game.

Evolution

Evolution

Manufacturer: North Star Games
Recommended Age: 10 and up

The name of the game is survival of the fittest! You play a new organism in a dangerous world. Create and adapt your creature to take best advantage of the environment around you, while avoiding the pitfalls! Will you invest your adaptations in traits like a Hard Shell or Horns to protect you from predators, or a Long Neck to get food other creatures can't reach? With 4,000 species to create — plus additional expansions like Evolution: Flight, there's no end to the ways you can eat, multiply, and thrive.

Codenames

Codenames

Recommended Age: 10 and up

To win this social word game, you'll have to work your brain! Two spymasters know the secret identities of 25 agents, and their teammates need to get in touch with the ones on their side. The spymasters have to give one-word clues, and teammates need to pick codename words that match their team's color, while avoiding the other team's agents and the assassin card who ends the game. Spymasters will have to think carefully, and guessers will have to figure out what logic the spymaster was using, if they want their team to win!

Ex Libris

Ex Libris

Manufacturer: Renegade Game Studios
Recommended Age: 10 and up

The Mayor of your city has just announced a new position of Grand Librarian — and naturally, as one of the pre-eminent book collectors, you should be considered for this prestigious role! But to outshine your competition, you need to make your library a true show-stopper before the Official Inspector comes to review your shelves. Send your workers to find rare tomes and properly organize your collection while you ensure that you have enough depth and variety to please (while making sure they don't spot any banned texts you may own...) With beautiful artwork and clever worker placement gameplay, this will become a favorite with any book-loving gamer.

The Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of Catan

Manufacturer: Mayfair Games
Recommended Age: 12 and up

Get ready to trade, build, and settle in the new world of Catan! In this award-winning strategy game, players collect resources and use them to build roads, settlements, and cities. Plan your strategy carefully, and don't overextend yourself — but don't move too slowly, or you might find yourself boxed in. Since players can lay out the world tiles however they'd like, each game is a chance for things to go differently!

Kodama

Kodama

Manufacturer: Indie Boards and Cards
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Help the care for the forest — and the Kodama spirits in it — with this card game from Indie Boards and Cards! As you grow your tree, make sure that you leave room for future growth... but you also need to plan for what attributes will please this season's Kodama the most. Little details like the mushrooms, flowers, and fireflies on the cards you place can make a big difference, both now and later in the game! Lush artwork and an innovative play mechanic make this game a unique option for game night.

Viral

Viral

Manufacturer: Arcane Wonders
Recommended Age: 13 and up

In this game from Arcane Wonders, the goal will truly make you sick! You play one of several viruses that have infected a host. To win, you need to mutate and take over the host's organs, causing biological havoc along the way — but do so cautiously! Not only can your opponents try to overtake you, but if you start causing serious symptoms too soon, the host's immune system could wipe you out. With humorous artwork and a fun combination of competition and random chance, having a virus has never been so entertaining.

Work Your Brain: Spatial and Logic Games

The best games aren't just fun to play: they also provide an intriguing challenge! These fun spatial and logic games will keep brains busy for hours.

Bunny Peek-A-Boo

Bunny Peek-A-Boo

Manufacturer: Smart Games
Recommended Age: 2 - 5

This is a spatial puzzle game for the youngest kids! Kids arrange four sturdy wooden blocks to match each challenge. Although the images look similar, the solution can be very different depending on details — like how far the bunny's ears stick out! Kids learn concepts like above and below, in and out, hidden and visible — but mostly they will love playing peek-a-boo with this friendly wooden rabbit.

Day and Night

Day and Night

Manufacturer: SmartGames
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

It starts off simply enough: stack the pieces to match a picture on a challenge card. But things get really interesting for kids when day turns to night and they have to match a silhouette instead of a picture! With 48 challenges — 24 day and 24 night — that rise in difficulty, kids will develop their reasoning skills as they have fun playing with the pieces. Plus, parents will love the ecologically friendly rubberwood construction and recyclable packaging.

Castle Logix

Castle Logix

Manufacturer: SmartGames
Recommended Age: 3 - 7

This is a building toy, puzzle, and game all in one! Seven wooden blocks allow you to build the finest castles, but make sure that the towers don't block one another. 48 challenges are included, but kids can also experiment with their own configurations, inspiring creativity as well as improving fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. This fun beginning puzzle game is also eco-friendly, since it's made from rubberwood reclaimed from other production.

Zimbbos

Zimbbos

Manufacturer: BLUE ORANGE GAMES
Recommended Age: 3 - 7

Under the Big Top, the animals are creating an incredible pyramid — and they need your help! You need to stack the elephants in order from 1 to 10; if you get the tenth elephant up, you win! Roll the dice to see how many elephants you need to place, or if you'll have to place another animal or a balance bar instead. This game can be played competitively, but it's also an excellent cooperative building project — with a helping of number recognition and sequencing along the way.

MightyMind

MightyMind

Manufacturer: Mighty Mind
Recommended Age: 3 - 8

This unique game teaches kids to solve tangram-like puzzles on their own! 32 tile shapes can create a wide variety of different images and scenes. The thirty progressive challenge cards begin by showing kids exactly which tiles they'll need, then eventually remove the prompts so that kids have to figure out the puzzles on their own. Since no reading is required, even preschoolers can play this game without help! Fans of this set can expand the fun with additional sets like MightyMind Aquarium Adventure.

Balance Boat: Endangered Animals

Balance Boat: Endangered Animals

Manufacturer: Begin Again
Recommended Age: 4 - 8

This is a pretend play set and a challenging game all in one! To play the game, kids will need to stack the brightly colored endangered animal figures on top of the rocking boat. Get it right or the whole thing sinks! The figures, made from eco-friendly rubberwood and finished with non-toxic stains, also make fun figures for pretend play adventures.

Mental Blox Jr.

Mental Blox Jr.

Manufacturer: Learning Resources
Recommended Age: 4 - 8

Fans of the original Mental Blox game from Learning Resources can now introduce it to younger kids! Fit these cheerful, funny pieces together to match the challenges on the activity cards... then, let your imagination run wild and see what stacks and patterns you can create! The 3D nature of the puzzles encourages kids to develop spatial skills and problem solving, all while having lots of building fun.

Q-Ba-Maze

Q-Ba-Maze

Manufacturer: MindWare
Recommended Age: 5 and up

The marble run gets a unique new twist with this game that uses colorful interlocking cubes to create two- and three-dimensional shapes! You can create sculptures in the form of shapes, animals, and more, and all of them allow the steel balls to run through the structure... but since many blocks allows balls to travel multiple routes, it's great for honing sequential thinking and spatial reasoning skills. This Big Box set of Q-Ba-Maze pieces includes 72 cubes in five colors, perfect to get your collection started.

Color Code

Color Code

Manufacturer: SmartGames
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Make use of these unique see-through tiles to create bright, colorful images! As you layer the tiles, you'll create multi-colored, complex shapes to match the challenges in the included book — or just to play with color and form for fun. 100 increasingly difficult puzzles suit everyone from beginners to experienced graphic designers. Logic is a beautiful thing!

Perplexus

Perplexus

Manufacturer: Spin Master
Recommended Age: 8 and up

This maze in a ball is a challenge you won't be able to put down! Flip, twist, and spin the transparent sphere to guide a small ball down the numbered path. You'll have to work both with and against gravity, and be careful — go off course and you'll have to start again. There are over 100 barriers to master in order to complete the course. As an added bonus, this game looks great on display — just bear in mind that people won't be able to resist giving it a try!

Roller Coaster Challenge

Roller Coaster Challenge

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 6 and up

Build wild roller coasters in this combination logic puzzle and engineering game from ThinkFun! Choose a challenge card and set up the pieces specified; then, use the rest of the pieces to create a roller coaster that meets the requirements on the card. Challenges start simple but get complicated fast...but the reward is getting to watch your car zoom down the track you built! Kids will love the combination of puzzle solving and free-form building that this game provides.

Make 'n' Break

Make 'n' Break

Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

You'd better build fast if you want to win this game! Roll the die to see how much time you have to build, then complete as many building cards as you can. You'll get points for structures you complete — the more complex the structure, the more points it's worth, but the longer it will take to build. In addition to the regular rules of the game, an alternate version for expert builders is also included, making this fun for all ages.

Laser Maze

Laser Maze

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Lights and mirrors make it feel like magic, but it's really science and brain power that solve the puzzles in this game! Players reflect, divert, and split the laser beam by placing pieces on a puzzle grid in an effort to hit their target. 60 challenges range from beginner to expert difficulty, so kids can slowly work their way up to more challenging pieces. If you've got a younger puzzle fan, check out the new Laser Maze Jr., a simplified version that's suitable for age 6 and up. You can also check out the new Circuit Maze that uses the same concept, but with electrical circuits.

Cool Circuits

Cool Circuits

Manufacturer: Science Wiz
Recommended Age: 8 and up

This puzzle game lives up to its name: complete the circuits and you get a cool rewards as the whole board glows and music plays! Each puzzle card challenges you to complete a loop using the eight 3D puzzle pieces, but as the cards show where fewer and fewer pieces go, the difficulty level ramps up. For a version for younger kids, check out Cool Circuits Jr. for ages 6 to 10.

Big Ball of Whacks

Big Ball of Whacks

Manufacturer: Creative Whack
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Part game, part creativity tool, the Big Ball of Whacks is all fun! 36 magnetic, pyramid-shaped building pieces interlock into a ball, but the shape of the pieces also allows you to assemble them in a myriad of intriguing ways. You can attempt to recreate patterns in the 96-page activity book or enjoy forming your own new designs — either way this is an intriguing brain puzzler for kids and adults alike! For a smaller 30-piece version, check out the Ball of Whacks, which includes 30 pieces.

Color Cube Sudoku

Color Cube Sudoku

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 8 and up

On the surface, this game from ThinkFun looks simple: flip the cubes in the 3 by 3 tray to ensure that each color appears once in every row and column. But calculate it out and you'll realize that there are over 2 trillion possible ways to place the cubes, and only half a million of those are valid solutions! Once you do manage to figure out a solution, check out the included bonus challenges for even more color-puzzling fun.

Ubongo

Ubongo

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 8 and up

This geometric puzzle game is easy to learn and addictive! Race against the timer and other players to solve a puzzle of interlocking shapes — the faster you solve it, the more gems you win. Sound simple, but there's an added wrinkle: each round you have a different number of pieces you have to use. A companion app provides how-tos as well as solo and multi-player timers to use. Fast-paced and fun, this puzzle game is sure to be a favorite.

Circuit Maze

Circuit Maze

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 8 and up

From the creators of Laser Maze comes a new logic game that's all about completing the circuit! Arrange your tokens to create a circuit and light up a Beacon. It sounds easy, but each challenge increases in difficulty, as you have to incorporate only certain tokens or work around Blockers. 60 different challenges from easy to expert will keep kids puzzling for hours!

Rush Hour

Rush Hour

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 8 and up

It's bumper-to-bumper fun in this award-winning puzzle game! Traffic is crazy, but you've got to get the little red car out the other side. Four levels of play keep the game challenging. Two variants also provide new options: younger kids can get in on the single-player fun with Rush Hour Jr. which is suitable for ages 6 to 9, or you can try out a shifting two-player version with Rush Hour Shift for ages 8 and up.

Colorku

Colorku

Manufacturer: Mad Cave Bird Games LLC.
Recommended Age: 8 and up

The popular logic game Sudoku gets a colorful version with this wood board game! Instead of using numbers to fill the grid, you'll use brightly colored wooden balls in 9 different colors. 104 puzzles in 5 levels of difficulty will work your reasoning skills. Then, when you're done playing, everything stores in the wooden storage tray. This game not only provides hours of fun, but it's also a beautiful piece for display.

Bella's Mystery Deck

Bella's Mystery Deck

Manufacturer: MindWare
Recommended Age: 9 - 12

Hone your reading and deduction skills with this fun game featuring Bella, the 13-year-old detective! Fifty cards each feature a unique mystery for you to puzzle out. Read carefully for the clues that let you know what's really going on behind the story. Then, check your answer with the reverse-printed solutions and the mirror card. This game is fun to play alone or together and is perfect for keeping kids occupied during travel, too. And you can get fifty more mysteries in Bella's Mystery Deck 2!

Play and Learn: Educational Games

Playing a game is also a great way to learn new things, to reinforce your knowledge, and to develop creativity. These educational games are a great way to help build a kid's academic skills in a fun way.

Panda Rollers

Panda Rollers

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

It's color matching panda-monium with this fun game from Educational Insights! Shake the Panda Roller then compete to be the first to use your panda face cards to match. If you win, you get to draw a reward tile that gives you some delicious bamboo! Once all the reward tiles are gone, add up your bamboo to see who wins. The play style, with all players participating in every turn, keeps young gamers interested as they build visual recognition and social skills.

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I Never Forget a Face! Memory Game

I Never Forget a Face! Memory Game

Manufacturer: eeBoo
Recommended Age: 3 - 9

Classic matching games get a fun multicultural twist! Match the faces of 24 children from different countries. The back of the box names each child and tell you which country they’re from, making this a great way to introduce your children to the wonderful diversity of people in the world around her.

Future Coders: Robot Races

Future Coders: Robot Races

Manufacturer: Alex
Recommended Age: 4 - 8

Get them hopping and dancing — and learning the principles of coding — with this fun new game! Kids decorate their own robot hats, then play the role of robots following coded directions. Choose a challenge card, then lay out your path on the 5' by 5' floor mat with direction tiles. Can you get to the finish square before the time runs out? It's the perfect choice to help kids get some energy out while learning about programming skills. For another Future Coders set, check out the Cube Stackers game.

Balance Beans

Balance Beans

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 5 - 10

Balance the beans and win — and learn about elementary algebra along the way! With this game from ThinkFun, kids place rows of beans onto the scale, with the goal of balancing it out. Place the red beans to match the challenge on the card and see if you can figure out the solution! As kids progress through the challenges, they'll solve less through trial and error and more through math and reasoning skills. With challenges ranging from Easy to Super Hard, they'll be balancing for hours!

Bird Bingo

Bird Bingo

Manufacturer: Laurence King Publishing
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Avid bird watchers and those who admire the beauty and diversity of birds will love this version of bingo where identification is the key to the game! Sixty-four species, from robins to puffins to kookaburtas, are illustrated in exquisite detail on these bingo cards and tiles. Identify the bird correctly and you can mark off a spot on your card! An included leaflet also includes fun facts about each bird, perfect to let eager young ornithologists learn a little more. And for budding entomologists, check out Bug Bingo, also for ages 5 and up.

Rock On!

Rock On!

Manufacturer: iLaughnLearn
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Build your knowledge of geology and our planet with this fun game that doubles as the start of a rock collection! 18 rock specimens are included, along with cards full of interesting facts about rocks, minerals, and gems. Gameplay works like bingo, but several game variants let kids start out with simple identification by appearance to claim a space, and move on to using the information they've learned to fill their card. Plus, kids will love that it all packs into a convenient case so they can take their collection anywhere! And if she's more of a paleontology fan, check out Fossil On!, which offers similar gameplay and pieces but with a fossil theme.

Zingo Word Builder

Zingo Word Builder

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 6 - 8

The original Zingo is a fun take on bingo that uses a unique tile dispenser; this new variant uses the same mechanic to teach simple word-building! Slide the Zinger machine forward to reveal two letter tiles; grab the one you need to complete one of the words on your card. Two different play versions support both beginner and more experienced readers as they build sight recognition, spelling, and vocabulary. Up to six word-builders can play at once!

Sequence: States and Capitals

Sequence: States and Capitals

Manufacturer: Jax Ltd Inc
Recommended Age: 6 - 12

Kids can test and build their knowledge about US states with this version of Sequence! Each card has the name of a state capital, with its location shown on a silhouette of the state. Kids will have to correctly identify which state matches in order to claim that space on the board. Five spaces in a row earns the win! A little extra strategy gets worked in with "add a chip" and "remove a chip" cards. Fans of this game can also try the other Sequence learning games, including Sequence: Numbers (age 7 and up) and Sequence: Letters (age 4 - 7).

Osmo Genius Kit

Osmo Genius Kit

Manufacturer: Osmo
Recommended Age: 6 - 10

Osmo is a unique combination of physical play and video game! Set your tablet up in the Osmo stand and it will "read" the objects in front of it. Then, use one of the Osmo games to play fun, educational games! This kit includes fives games: Numbers (free form math), Tangram (visual thinking), Words (puzzle form spelling), Masterpiece (drawing skills), and Newton (creative engineering and problem solving). Kids will be fascinated by the combination of online and real-world elements!

Science Ninjas: Valence

Science Ninjas: Valence

Manufacturer: Science Ninjas
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Kids too young for the lab can learn chemistry concepts like molecule formation, acids and bases, and chemical reactions with this fun game! Kids need to combine elements to create molecules and earn points, but be careful! Some combinations have unexpected results that can set you back. All of the interactions that take place in the game actually exist, so kids will be ready to take their game knowledge into real world science.

Dr. Microbe

Dr. Microbe

Manufacturer: Blue Orange
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Show off your logic skills and impress Dr. Microbe with this game from Blue Orange! Race your fellow scientists to see who can solve the challenge card first; the trick is that the superbug is a different shape and color than the microbes in your petri dish. Use your tweezers carefully: just like in any lab, a drop or spill is a very bad thing! Three different rule variants and 54 challenge cards keep the gameplay fresh and challenging in this fast-paced game.

Ion: A Compound Building Game

Ion: A Compound Building Game

Manufacturer: Genius Games
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Work your way through the periodic table with this chemistry-themed card drafting game! Players combine ion cards and noble gas cards to create stable compounds, but think fast: turns are simultaneous, so the action keeps moving. The gameplay mechanic is fun and easy to learn, making this a unique and entertaining way to learn basic chemistry concepts. This version also includes the Radioactive expansion for an intriguing addition to the game.

Prime Climb

Prime Climb

Manufacturer: Math for Love
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Anyone can learn and develop math skills with this unique board game! Roll the dice and add, subtract, multiply, and divide your way towards the center of the board; the first person to get both of their pawns to 101 wins. As you go, you'll have the chance to pick up Prime cards — and bump your opponent back to the beginning. With beautiful game design and a fun mechanic that makes math practice engaging, this is an excellent option for either skill building or entertainment.

Freedom - The Underground Railroad

Freedom - The Underground Railroad

Manufacturer: Academy Games
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Slavery needs to be ended, and the Abolitionists have a difficult balance to strike: on the one hand, they want to get as many slaves to freedom in Canada as they can, but on the other hand, they need to keep fundraising and urging others to join their cause. In this card-driven board game, players draw on important historical events and characters to advance their cause of the abolition of slavery. The unique setting of this cooperative game teaches players information about the historical figures, crucial events, and political agendas that pushed through the abolition of slavery.

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Play Together: Cooperative Games

Game night doesn't have to mean competition! Cooperative games provide a different game experience, one which is focused on social skills, discussion, and compromise instead of working against your fellow players. It's a great option for kids who don't like competition or avid gamers who want to try a new style.

Roll and Play

Roll and Play

Manufacturer: ThinkFun
Recommended Age: 18 mo - 3

This game introduces toddlers and preschoolers to the idea that games don't have to be about winning and losing! Roll the big plush "die" and then choose a card that matches the color you roll; whatever that card says, you do, whether it's roaring like a lion, singing a song, or rubbing your belly. The 48 cards cover six different learning categories, including actions, animal sounds, body parts, colors, counting, and emotions. Kids will learn the basics of gameplay like taking turns and following rules, without the pressure of competition — and they'll get to giggle and laugh together at one another's antics!

Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game

Friends and Neighbors: The Helping Game

Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Recommended Age: 3 - 5

The friends and neighbors in this game have a variety of problems — from being afraid of the dark to getting wet in the rain — and if you're going to solve them, you'll need to work together! Grab a token out of the Helping Bag and see if you can figure out a way to help one of the people on the board. Kids will learn how to recognize and name emotions and develop a sense of empathy and compassion as they work together in this game.

Dinosaur Escape

Dinosaur Escape

Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Recommended Age: 3 - 6

The volcano is about to erupt, and the dinosaurs need to escape! This game combines both die rolling and memory components to help your dinosaurs get to Dinosaur Island: roll the die to move your dinosaur tokens, and flip fern tokens to match dinosaur pictures with dinosaur tokens. If the fern token matches a dinosaur token in the same habitat, the dinosaur escapes! And make sure to avoid the T-Rex, who chases all your dinosaurs back to start. Kids will enjoy the combination of mechanics, as well as the 3D volcano puzzle "timer."

The Yoga Garden Game

The Yoga Garden Game

Manufacturer: YogaKids International
Recommended Age: 4 - 8

In this exploratory yoga game, kids cooperate to plant a beautiful garden before night falls — and try yoga poses along the way! As players move the bumblebee marker around the board, they will flip up yoga cards that direct them through a variety of poses. They'll even have a chance to create their own pose! It's a lovely, peaceful way to stretch, bend, and pose together.

Hoot Owl Hoot

Hoot Owl Hoot

Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom Press
Recommended Age: 4 - 8

Fly the owls home to their nests before the night is over! Players use color cards to advance the owls to spaces that match that color. Draw a sun card, though, and it's one step closer to sunrise. Talking about which owls to move will help kids learn simple strategy and problem solving in a group. You can play with as few as three or as many as six owls, so you can tailor the difficulty to your child as she grows.

Stone Soup

Stone Soup

Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom Press
Recommended Age: 4 - 9

The classic story of cooperation gets a memory game adaptation in this board game! Players have to work together to "cook" a soup by matching ingredients. Make sure you work fast — if the fire under the kettle goes out, your soup won't turn out. Kids will love the vivid colors and cheerful design of the cards and board, and they'll quickly discover how much easier it is to make the matches when you all remember together.

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Manufacturer: LearningHerb.com
Recommended Age: 4 and up

Learn about edible and medicinal plants in this unique cooperative board game! Players have to connect the icon on the challenge cards with icons on the plant card to move forward on the board — edible plants for hunger, medicinal plants for ailments like sore muscles and fever. Make your way up the mountain to the huckleberry patch and back to Grandma's before time runs out! This beautifully illustrated and educational game, with its "chutes and ladders" play style, is a fun way for kids to learn about the plants around us.

Outfoxed

Outfoxed

Manufacturer: Gamewright
Recommended Age: 5 - 10

Mrs. Plumpert is missing a prize pot pie, and her chickens are determined to crack the case! Move around the board to gather clues and use your special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. If you roll a success with the dice, you'll learn useful information... but if you fail, the fox gets that much closer to making good on his escape. This deduction-based cooperative game is perfect for budding detectives.

The Fairy Game

The Fairy Game

Manufacturer: Peaceable Kingdom
Recommended Age: 5 - 10

Mr. Winter is trying to freeze over the fairies' flowers, and only you can help! Collect matching sets of fairy cards in order to move gems to the fairies' magic wand — before four snowflakes land on one flower. Some cards will let you trade fairy cards with a fellow player, or even remove a snowflake. You'll need to think beyond your own hand and keep an eye on the board to keep the flowers blooming bright!

Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

Manufacturer: Mattel
Recommended Age: 8 and up

There are eight gems hiding inside this house...but ghosts are appearing all the time. Your team are treasure hunters who have to work together to move gems, fight ghosts, and — hopefully — find all the loot before the house becomes haunted! This award-winning German game is available in English for the first time, ready for your game group to go forth and find glory and gold against the ghosts!

FlipShips

FlipShips

Manufacturer: Renegade Game Studios
Recommended Age: 8 and up

An alien mothership is attacking Earth, and only the actions of brave pilots will save the day! In this dexterity game, you "flip" your ships, working together to take out encroaching enemies and do enough damage to the mothership that the invaders are defeated. Since each player controls multiple ships, dexterity, luck, and cooperative strategy all play a role. This well-designed game, which can also be played solo, scales effectively with the number of players, providing a unique and high-energy cooperative gaming experience.

Mysterium

Mysterium

Manufacturer: Asmodee
Recommended Age: 8 and up

A terrible crime has been committed — and the ghost of the victim is the only witness. Psychic investigators are trying to find the culprit, but the ghost can only communicate through a series of visions, represented by images on game cards. The investigators have a week — and the ghost's guidance — to try to identify the weapon, the location, and the killer. Unless they manage to interpret the visions correctly, a horrible criminal will get away with a perfect murder... The unique vision mechanic of this game is sure to provoke lots of discussion among members of your game group!

Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier

Ghostbusters: Protect the Barrier

Manufacturer: Mattel
Recommended Age: 8 and up

Fans of 2015's Ghostbusters will love this cooperative board game that lets them protect the barrier from Rowan's evil plan! There are Paranormal Energy Devices all over the Mercado Building, and the Ghostbusters have to get them all out. But they need to move fast: the longer they take, the more ghosts appear, and if six rooms get Haunted, you lose the game! Four different game options provide plenty of replayability for this fun game.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Board Game

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Board Game

Recommended Age: 10 and up

The Big Bad has a Plot to destroy Sunnydale — and the world — and only the Slayer stands in its way! Players work together to defeat Monsters of the Week and, eventually the Big Bad... they hope. The more monsters you defeat, the more you'll know about the Big Bad's Plot, but if the monsters do too much damage — to Sunnydale or to you — the Slayer is defeated and the world will fall. Fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer will love getting to step into the Slayer's shoes!

Forbidden Island

Forbidden Island

Manufacturer: Gamewright
Recommended Age: 10 and up

You're a team of daring adventurers, seeking four sacred treasures from the ruins on this island but the island is sinking fast and it won't be long before it sinks beneath the waves. Capture all four treasures and make it to the helicopter rendezvous point at Fools' Landing, and you win, but the water level is rising with every step! Careful collaboration and strategy are necessary to successfully complete this treasure hunt, which is sure to be a hit with gamers of all stripes!

Hogwarts Battle: A Cooperative Deck-Building Game

Hogwarts Battle: A Cooperative Deck-Building Game

Manufacturer: USAopoly
Recommended Age: 11 and up

Imagine yourself as Hermione, Ron, Harry, or Neville as you defend Hogwarts and save the day! Seven different cooperative games, each building upon the last, are included in this box; each game parallels one of the seven books in the series. Players needs to find Locations and learn how to counter Dark Arts if they're going to keep the Villains from overtaking their beloved school. It's the perfect choice for any Hermione Granger fan.

Pandemic: Legacy

Pandemic: Legacy

Manufacturer: Z-Man Games
Recommended Age: 13 and up

Four deadly diseases could wreak untold havoc — unless your team can find the cures. But in this Legacy variant of the original Pandemic board game, each game you play leaves a permanent mark on your board game world. Each "month" has new surprises; each decision you make has repercussions. Will you let cities fall — and if you must, which ones? Will your team be enough to keep the viruses at bay for a whole year? This unique gameplay experience will leave its mark on your game group.

Eldritch Horror

Eldritch Horror

Recommended Age: 14 and up

Ancient evils are stirring around the world, and only your team of colleagues can decipher the obscure mysteries and withstand the terrifying truth in hopes of saving humanity. Solve Mysteries, survive Encounters, and overcome Conditions both physical and psychological as you race against time to discover Azathoth's true name or battle Cthulhu at sea. The narrative, story-driven component adds to the appeal and makes your game group feel invested in helping their characters succeed...or at least survive. Multiple expansions, including Mountains of Madness, ensure you'll get hours of mysterious, horrifying fun from this game.

One Deck Dungeon Game

One Deck Dungeon Game

Manufacturer: Asmadi Games
Recommended Age: 14 and up

This all-female team of heroes is ready to delve into the dungeon — all they need is you! In this game from Asmadi Games, one or two players work together to get as far into the dungeon as they can. Pick your character class from five options and roll dice to break down doors, defeat enemies, and (hopefully) live to fight another day. If you do, your character will get tougher... but think carefully, because one wrong move and the dungeon will do you in! With an easy-to-learn mechanic that combines cards and dice rolling and a style that imitates rogue-like video games, this will be a popular choice for any would-be adventurer.

For the Whole Family: Games for Family Game Night

Some games are particularly good for getting the whole family laughing together! These games are great for the family to play all together.

Diggity Dogs

Diggity Dogs

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 4 - 10

It's a race to adopt new furry friends in this fun game! Seven dogs are available for adoption; to adopt them, you'll need to collect cards depicting the thing they're wishing for. You can either draw cards or "go fish" from another player's hand — but keep your eye on what other people are looking for! This simple game is perfect for any dog-loving family.

Pancake Pile-Up

Pancake Pile-Up

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 4 - 12

This is a stack-em-up relay game that the whole family can enjoy! It's a busy day at the diner, and you'll have to serve your customers by racing to the grill and piling up pancakes in just the right order. There are 10 pancakes in 5 different flavors that your customers might request. Carry each pancake over with the spatula and stack them carefully, or you pile might topple! You can play one-on-one or in teams, so this game is suitable for up to 12 players.

Pie Face

Pie Face

Manufacturer: Hasbro
Recommended Age: 5 and up

Are you brave enough to play Pie Face? This game is full of fun and suspense — and laughs when someone gets splatted! Put whipped cream or a soggy sponge on the hand of this game then take turns spinning to see how many turns of the handle you have to do. Keep your fingers crossed you don't end up with a face full of pie! This hilarious game is sure to become a family favorite...if you dare.

Blurt!

Blurt!

Manufacturer: Educational Insights
Recommended Age: 6 and up

This game isn't just about how many words you know — it's also about how fast you can spit them out! Roll a die to determine what clue to read, with points values depending on how easy or difficult the clue is. There's no penalty for blurting out wrong answers, so words will fly thick and fast as people try to beat the clock. With 1800 clues of different difficulties, you can play this game over and over and still be kept guessing.

Buggaloop

Buggaloop

Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Recommended Age: 6 and up

In this game from Ravensburger, your goal is to get all of your bugs across the yard. Sound simple? It gets more complicated when the Hexbug starts charging across the board! If your bug gets bumped, you have to go back to the start. This game for 2 to 4 players includes a Hexbug Original Nano V.2 which can even climb the walls in the game board's tunnel, providing lots of excitement for young players! And when the game is done, kids can enjoy playing with the Hexbug on its own or in a Hexbug playset. For another game for bug-loving families, check out Bug-Opoly, which incorporates insect information into classic Monopoly gameplay for ages 8 and up.

Herd Your Horses

Herd Your Horses

Manufacturer: Talicor
Recommended Age: 7 - 12

If you have horse-loving kids in the family then this one will be a hit! This beautifully illustrated game includes fifty different horses on jumbo playing cards. With those pieces, you'll get to play several different games, one as mustang stallions gathering a herd as they travel through canyons and valleys, and two as ranchers competing to round up strays and build their own top herd. In-depth information about horse care and breeds is included.

Broom Service

Broom Service

Manufacturer: Ravensburger
Recommended Age: 10 and up

When a witch is out of potions, she calls upon you and your friendly rivals at the Broom Service! Search the board for the components you need, then deliver them to the needy witches. Watch out, though; bad weather can throw your plans askew! You'll need a little luck, a good bluff, and good management of the cards in your hand if you're going to whoosh to the win. This 3 to 5 player game also includes a 2-player variant, so it's perfect for any game group.

Concept

Concept

Manufacturer: Asmodee
Recommended Age: 10 and up

Can you help your fellow players guess what card you're holding? Green + Animal + Long Ago? Probably a dinosaur. Water + Cube + Cold Weather? Ice cube! But how are you going to show samurai, Eiffel Tower, or Leonardo DiCaprio? You'll be amazed how much fun it is as you layer concepts and subconcepts to guide your friends to the right answer. This fun party game will stretch your imagination — and hurt your sides with laughter!

Word Slam

Word Slam

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Recommended Age: 12 and up

In this fast-paced word game, two teams have to guess the word that their storytellers have been given, and the team that guesses first wins the round. Sound simple? The trick is that storytellers are not allowed to speak or act; they have to rely on the 105 word cards, and put them together in a way that their team can interpret. Teams have to be nimble; they're racing against both the the other team and the clock! This clever game will get the whole family's brains going.

DropMix

DropMix

Manufacturer: Hasbro
Recommended Age: 16 and up

You can mix music on your own or with friends with this unique music game from Hasbro! Place DropMix cards onto the board, and a song starts to play; add more cards to mix songs in unexpected ways. Sixty cards are included, featuring hit artists like Bruno Mars, Childish Gambino, Disturbed, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Sam Hunt, Sia, The Weeknd, and more. Booster packs of cards are available to add even more songs to your list. Up to four players can participate in three different modes so the music keeps playing all day long!

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