It’s a good thing I’m the queen of quick games, because on Friday night when my six-year-old daughter decreed that Saturday would be Family Game Day, I knew I’d be able to honor her wishes while still accomplishing the laundry and everything else I needed to get done.
If you’re as busy, backed up and tired as I am, the words “Mom, come play with me,” can sometimes strike fear into your heart. I’m not an imaginary play person, so I want to run in the other direction if I hear, “Let’s pretend.” Since I’ve mastered the art of finding and stockpiling quick games, on the other hand, I’m always up for a round of games with the kids.
Here are my requirements for mom-approved quick games:
* The game can be played in 15 minutes or less.
* The game is equally enjoyed by both of my kids, who are four-and-a-half years apart in age.
* It comes in a relatively small box for easy storage, and has few pieces, which means less for me to clean up.
* The game costs around $10.
As you might imagine, Monopoly does not meet my requirements. Here are seven great quick games that do, most of which we played throughout the day on Saturday:
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What are your favorite family games that can be played fairly quickly? Any suggestions? I need to add more to my repertoire!
Photo credit: Katherine Stone
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