August may be wrapping up, but it’s still Family Fun Month! With school starting this month (or next month, for you lucky September starters), things are probably hectic, with homework and sports practices and dance classes, so we’ve come up with a handful of games for you to play as you relax with your family. And who needs a designated month to have fun with their family, anyway? These games are good year-round–not just in August. :) And as an added bonus: they are all games that will help your kids develop key skills, from spelling to deductive reasoning.
A classic favorite! This word game encourages players to create words in a crossword format! Whoever is the first to use all of their tiles wins. It’s great for beginning spellers, as well as more advanced players, and you don’t need anything extra to play–it’s all in the bag! [18010 (Spanish), 18011 (English); $14.95 each)
A more child-friendly version of the murder mystery game, Clue Junior asks the players to discover who took the prizes, and when, to win the game. This game will help your child develop their deductive reasoning skills while having fun. The game board is two-sided for two levels of play, so as the children get older, they have another option to play. Included in the box: game board, plastic tray, 5 movers, 6 “who” cards, 6 “where” cards, 6 “when” cards, 1 all guess card, 18 guess tokens in five different colors, 3 gold tokens, a detective sheet, truth envelope, die, and instructions on how to play! (17177, $15.95)
Encourage your preschooler’s natural curiosity with this simple and fun game that helps strengthen their short-term memory. Playtime is extended with Memory’s simple and easy-to-use (and clean up!) format. The box includes 72 picture cards, plastic tray and instructions. (9114, $13.95)
Match the lily pads to the pond by the correct shape or number, and watch the frogs jump. This game enforces a child’s learning of numbers 0-10, and your child will also learn counting, number recognition, sequencing, sorting, and number combinations. Each soft, plush frog has a number on its tummy and a corresponding number of spots on its back. Includes activity guide with loads of game ideas, lily pads, and pond, all in a vinyl storage bag. (47598, $59.95)
Complete a beautiful butterfly by “taking a bite” from the colorful fruits included in this game based on Eric Carle’s beloved book. Reinforce your child’s color and shape matching skills with this game, as well as language and cognitive skills. Reading the book is an added bonus, but there is no reading required to play this game! (Book not included.) (30443, $17.95)
Let us know what your favorite games to play with your family are!