I have fond memories of playing games with mom and family as a child. I can remember piling around a table to with dessert and exciting rounds of Shanghai Rummy. I played so many games and have so many favorites that it is hard to narrow down the list, but here are five classic family games that would be great to introduce to your kids.
We played this game so many times when I was a kid and I'm not entirely sure why what is seemingly such a simple little game amused me so, but it is at the top of my list of classic family games to share with your kids. Bonus, your kids will get great math practice while having fun.
Who doesn't want to dominate the world at some point in time in their life? Risk was always one of favorite games, potentially lasting for hours, in which I was always on mission to outwit my opponents and conquer the map like rock star.
Cribbage may seem like an unusual choice, but my fascination with this game stems from the fact that it took me a long time master it well enough to beat my mother and grandmother. They were constantly skunking me and it pushed me to play a LOT. Often playing by myself until I was finally able to hold my own against them. So break out the cards with your kids and give them a little challenge.
It wouldn't be a proper list of classic family games without a dice play with Yahtzee. Strategy, math and lots of luck were involved in this game that gave me a great foundation for "hands" when I developed a love for gathering around the table with family for some friendly rounds of poker.
For the times when you want to have a fun family game night without all of the strategy, Pictionary is my favorite. Brush up on your ability to rapidly draw some stick figure creations and get ready for lots of laughs.