Bring everyone together this Christmas with these 18 awesome family games

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Christmas games for the whole family

What are the holidays for if not for bringing families together? Make sure to gift some games that everyone can play together. Below find our top recommendations for family games that everyone (of all ages) can enjoy together. Some use boards, some use cards… some are just completely different.

Christmas with the right family game

It is important to spend time bonding with your family, and a family game night is one of the best ways to do it! The strategy and abstract thought involved in many family games develop effective problem-solving techniques. Experts agree, games have the benefits of developing fine motor skills and improving critical thinking and problem solving skills, with the added benefit of dragging everyone away from TVs, tablets, video games and cell phones for a few hours. Furthermore, studies indicate that regularly scheduled family time such as game nights is correlated with larger vocabularies, higher reading scores, scholastic motivation, improved peer relationships, and emotional adjustment.

Best family games for game night

Tenzi Dice Game
Tenzi is an easy-to-learn, versatile family game. Simply pick a color, and continue to roll until all ten of your dice show the same number.  Ages 4+
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Tenzi Best Family Game
Players must attempt to collect all 10 bells of the same color with a magnetic wand, while simultaneously avoiding the remaining colors. Ages 6 +
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Bellz Magnet Top Family game Christmas 2017
Bid-A-Letter by SimplyFun
Each round, players must bid their letters for the timing of their turn, earning them an  opportunity to add to a chain of words. Bid-A-Letter develops problem solving, creative thinking, vocabulary, and spelling.
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Build A Letter best family game Christmas 2017
Dohdles! by Thames and Kosmos
Players must stretch their imagination in this amusing sculpting and guessing game. Need a hint? You can ask two yes-or-no questions or ask for a letter of the word. Don’t worry, no artistic skills are required. Ages 10+
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Puzzlets by Digital Dream Labs
A bluetooth compatible set of 22 puzzles for iPad and Android, Puzzlets helps kids think like a programmer and encourages learning in chemistry, math, music, engineering, and more. Ages 6+
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Puzzlets digital tablet game Christmas 2017
Rory’s Story Cubes: Batman by The Creativity Hub Ltd.
The 9 Story Cubes help kids to imagine an infinite variety of stories featuring their favorite Batman characters and situations. Original Rory’s Story Cubes were also featured in 10 stocking stuffers under $10.
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Super Genius – Reading 1 by Blue Orange Games
This educational matching game was developed with the input and guidance of educators, and is thus guaranteed to help develop speech and language, visual perception and processing speed. It uses basic sight words from reading books for kids to helps prepare young readers for even more complicated language skills down the road. Ages 5+
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Hape Bamboo Pallina family game Christmas 2017
Laser Maze Jr.
Blockers, mirrors, and beam splitters will help (or hinder) players reflect their laser around and through obstacles to reach the end goal. With 40 out-of-this-world challenges, this fun logic maze game tests science, logic, and problem solving.  Ages 8+
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Lazer Maze Junior brain teaser puzzle game Christmas 2016
This “Family Game of Visual Perception” has won over 35 Best Game awards.
81 cards are randomly placed and must be grouped by four features: number; symbol; shading; and color. Sound easy? The features can be either all the same or all different in each of the four attributes. A truly challenging yet brain-building game. Ages 6+ Click to buy
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Doodle Quest
Draw your way through underwater scenes on the quest cards, meet targets while avoiding obstacles. Ages 6+
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Doodle Quest best drawing game Christmas 2016
One of the best social night games around – the winner has to blurt out the answer in this hilariously fast-paced tongue twisting card game. Don’t think too hard – just say what comes to mind first! Ages 6+
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Blurble tip of the tongue game best card game Christmas 2016
A little bit board game, a little bit darts, a little bit magnetic ring toss? …launch the magnetic game piece with surprising speed and an oddly satisfying “thwack” by pulling apart the sticks in just the right way. Fun, competitive, unique… and did we say fun?
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Two Los Angeles inventors and comedians decided (after hosting phenomenal game nights all over LA) that they wanted to share the creativity and joy of their games with the rest of the world, so they created Game Night in a Can – an amazing collection of party games in one … can.

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There are 30 original games in each package, but over 3 million different possible variations on the game (meaning you can play 3 million family fame nights in a row and never repeat a game!). GNIAC includes memorable and wacky games like Curate This!, Frumpy Bumpers, and Creepy Peepers, which all guarantee to jump start your imagination while exercising the right and left sides of your brain.

Here are some examples of tasks you will be asked to complete when you pull 7 game cards on family game night:
-dream up a new mythical animal
-reinvent the national anthem
-choreograph a brand new dance move

Everything you need is included, just bring paper, pens, and a couple of close friends and family, and unleash your creativity while flexing your brain’s neuro-plasticity and problem-solving skills. As if that’s not enough, they’ll plant a new tree for every GNIAC sold. Yeah.

Thanks for reading about the top family games. So… what is the best game in the whole world? You pick!

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Enjoy spending some time with your loved ones, practicing critical thinking, and getting competitive with these fun family games!

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