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5 Fun Family Games to Rescue You From Candy Land

By Nichole |

I’ve been around the Candy Land block more times than I can count.

I’ve spent more than enough time on Chutes and Ladders as well.

And I can’t take it anymore.

Every mom has her breaking point and I have finally reached mine.

As much as I love playing games with my kids, my mind goes a bit numb from those two classic games and I’m thinking my best plan is to stock our game closet with some fresh choices and hide those old two standby games.

Because I can’t hang out at Gum Drop Mountain even one more time.

I’ve done some homework and I’ve narrowed my list of must-have games to five. Please share your favorites in the comments so I’ll know what to add to our collection next!

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Blokus offers a great introduction to strategic game play for the youngest of players. I’m told that people of all ages love this fun game and it’s perfect for bridging generations.
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Nichole Beaudry lives in Sacramento, California with her husband Craig, their daughter Katie and baby boy Matthew. In her former life she was a college English professor, now she shares some of her small moments in her Practicing Gratitude column each week at SheKnows and works at AllParenting as the Assignments Editor. She was a contributor to Babble, and currently keeps a personal blog, In These Small Moments.

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4 thoughts on “5 Fun Family Games to Rescue You From Candy Land

  1. Sherri says:

    How funny, because at work I have to play Candyland WAY more times per week than I care to, and I had a post brewing in my head about it!

  2. Cameron says:

    Mancala and Zingo are favorites of mine from my nannying days.

    Bananagrams sounds awesome.

    And we love dominoes and matching games at our house, too.

  3. Anne says:

    Candyland at least is better than Chutes and Ladders. C&L is designed to wring tantrums out of even the most easygoing of children. “GAAAH, I have to go all the way back to square 12! I was winning! WAAAAHHH!”
    For the younger set, I recommend the Curious George Zoo game ( http://www.icandothatgames.com/zoo/ ). It’s kind of silly and not at all challenging, but you get to run around and hide while wearing animal masks.

  4. Ami says:

    We love Zingo and Bananagrams. But don’t forget the fun card games. Our four year old loves Go Fish. We also have a cute card game called Crazy Faces (which is like Crazy 8′s) and the whole family can play it.

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