The battered corners of our favourite board game boxes reminded us of the beautiful value of family play. If you treasure those giggle-worthy memories and the engaging thrill of competition or team work then you’ll love our top 8 picks!
Dopple (6 yrs+)
The perfect all-ages speedy symbol-recognition game
Top Tip – checkout their waterproof versions for the beach!
Buy Dopple here
Labyrinth (7 yrs+)
A uniquely designed, much-loved strategic board game
Top Tip – don’t let your dog chew the maze pieces!
Buy Labyrinth here
Uno (7 yrs+)
Ultra-accessible and exciting ‘oooh and arh’ card game of chance
108 brightly coloured cards, some with numbers, some with symbols. The rules are easy – do everything you can to get rid of your cards! Although it says 7 yrs+ there are plenty of younger kids who will pick this game up easily.
Top Tip – you can use the deck to play memory games with toddlers to practice colour and number recognition.
Buy Uno here
Pit (5 yrs+)
Get commodified in the funniest, most raucous trading floor game ever!
The more the merrier for this crazily noisy trading game. There are 8 commodities such as oil, gold, cars, perfume, with 9 cards for each commodity. It’s an everyone-plays-at-once game and the aim is to ‘corner the market’ with one full house of a commodity.
Top Tip – a round table is easier for leaning over to trade cards!
Buy Pit here
Rush Hour Jnr (5 yrs+)
Addictively challenging, supremely satisfying brain-gym fun
Top Tip – don’t take it to the beach – our fire engine is buried in the sand in Cornwall and you can’t buy replacement individual vehicles!
Buy Rush Hour Jnr here
Bananagrams (7 yrs+)
Wordy working-out for mixed abilities who love some speedy anagram-tastic-ness
Top Tip – ‘queb’ isn’t a word – fiddlesticks, dang and bother!
Buy Bananagrams here
The Secret Door (4 yrs+)
Cooperative game with a thrilling race against the dreaded bong of grandfather clock
Top Tip – don’t forget to keep the clock cards separate when choosing 3 secret cards for the cellar!
Buy The Secret Door here
Crazy Coconuts (4 yrs+)
Ultra-simple silly dexterity fun for all the family
Top Tip – coconuts can get lost so play in a space where you can control them a bit!