My boys LOVE to play games. Games make excellent gifts! And did you know that playing board games is a great way to build your son’s logic skills?!? True story. In fact, there are many skills our kids can learn from playing games: money handling skills, bargaining, math facts, battle strategy, etc. There are even some games which will help our boys to develop their fine motor skills!
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The games below are some of our favorites. I hope that this gift guide will help you find just the right games for your boys! Have fun!
Settlers of Catan is my favorite game of all time. The thing I like most about this game is that everyone has things to do during each player’s turn; so, even though the game is long, there isn’t a lot of waiting around for everyone else to take their turn. We have a tradition to play this game AT LEAST ONCE every Christmas break – although, I always try to get my guys to play it with me more than once! 🙂 I would also highly recommend you buy the Seafarers of Catan expansion pack to go with this game. Super fun!
Memoir 44 is my oldest son’s favorite game. He loves following the World War II strategies which are listed in the manual as well as making up his own scenarios. This game is hours of fun for boys who enjoy complex strategy games.
Ticket to Ride is a fun game to play and it doesn’t take very long to get set up. This makes it great for families who have younger boys or boys who don’t have super long attention spans!
If you’ve never played Carrom I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this one! This game is fun for everyone – even kids who don’t typically like to play games! It comes with short cue sticks you can use as if you were playing billiards, but I’ve grown up playing this game by snapping the white shooters with our fingers. NOTE: It helps to put a band aid on your shooting finger so that it doesn’t get sore. Such a fun game!!!
Carcassonne is also a fun game for the whole family. There is almost no setup, the learning curve is very short, and the turns are also short, so it’s great for the whole family. 🙂
Stratego is also another of my boys’ favorites. Even my son who isn’t into games as much enjoys playing a good game of Stratego with his brother. It’s fun to see the various strategies they employ to win this game!
Risk Yet another game from my childhood. What can I say?!? Sometimes the classics are the best. And what better way to spend the evening than with attempting world domination? LOL
Pay Day is another game from my childhood. My boys and I enjoy playing this game because you choose how long or short you’d like it to be by choosing how many months you want to play. This is a good game for learning how to handle money, as well, because there is lots of buying, selling, and paying bills going on.
Life is another fun game I remember playing back when I was a kid. I was very careful with my games and was able to save a bunch of them from way back when. My boys love playing Life. It’s always fun to razz them by asking who their wife is or asking them what they’re naming the kids they’re piling into their cars. 🙂
Chess may not be the first game you think about for kids, however, it’s actually an incredibly fun game once they get the hang of the rules and strategies and such. My boys have a wonderful time competing against each other and against their grandpa for bragging rights.
Pictionary – My son, Sam absolutely loves this game. He enjoys drawing and laughing… so when he gets to combine both of those things, he’s on board with it for sure. We have the version with pencils and notepads but this new version with a whiteboard looks pretty cool!
Pandemic – This is one of our newer favorites. I enjoy playing cooperative games, where we all band together to try to try to beat the game. That’s exactly how it is when you play Pandemic. The object is to wipe out the diseases before they spread across the world. It sounds morbid but it’s really super fun!
Dominion – This game takes a little bit of concentration to learn… but once you have it down it’s super fun! It doesn’t take very long to play, either, so it’s a great one to play if you have someone with a shorter attention span in your family. Just figure it out first and then call them over to play! 😉 I sometimes watch the tutorials on BoardGameGeek.com so that it takes me less time to figure new games out.
7 Wonders – This game is super fun and super fast. It doesn’t take incredibly long to pick up, either, so it’s another good one to play with those non-gamers in your family.
Battleship Express – My boys discovered this game when they were camping with my dad and my sister’s family. They ended up having so much fun playing it that as soon as they got home, my oldest son promptly asked if we could get it for our family. It’s a fun, short game.
Can’t Stop – This is a super fun game that I’ve had since I was a kid. Basically, you roll the dice and see who can get to the top of three of the twelve columns the quickest. Very easy rules allow even very young children to play. But this game is fun for all ages. And it’s so tempting to roll just one more time!
Clue – Here’s another one of my childhood favorites. If you haven’t tried playing this with your kids, be sure to give it a try. Super fun! I’m always Mrs. White.
Pit – This game is loud and fun and exciting. It’s a fun, hands-on way to teach your kids about being on the stock market exchange floor. This is a great game to play with energetic boys!
Phase 10 is a very simple and fun game that is accessible for the whole family. I enjoy playing this game when I don’t want to have to think too hard to come up with a strategy but just want to relax and have fun.
Bonkers – You may not have heard of this game before since they aren’t making it anymore… but it looks like you can get it at a good price from vintage game dealers. This game is hilarious. It starts out a little bit slowly but within a very short time, it becomes fast paced and hilarious. Even young kids can play this game. Get ready to laugh as you’re moving back and forth on the board and racking up points!
Question: If your boys have any other games that they love, I’d love to hear about them. Please leave a comment below.
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