10 Best Family Games for 2016 by FamilyFun Magazine

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FamilyFun Magazine is kicking off 2016 by sharing the 10 best family games of the year – game on!
 
From card games and 3D puzzles to yoga games (yes, you read that right), FamilyFun’s list will have the whole family active and laughing – and most importantly, making memories together.
These games range from $13-$40, and are suitable for ages 3+ to 10+!
Here they are:
 
1. RALLY UP
Race to match up the most cards in categories like “plants” and “pastries” before your opponent does. One family upped the stakes by pitting the adults against the kids. Why you’ll love it The brightly colored playing cards are a sly way to get kids to learn about new landmarks, foods, and plants. Ages 6+. $13; blueorangegames.com
2. YOGA SPINNER
Hold as many poses for ten seconds as you can in this fun fitness game. Earning a card of each color is harder than it sounds when you have to balance on one leg with your hands above your head! Why you’ll love it Haven’t had a chance to get to a yoga class? Now’s your chance to prep, and your kids are sure to get a kick out of seeing how flexible their parents are. Ages 5+. $15
3. DRAGONWOOD
Collect cards featuring creatures and charms as you travel through an enchanted forest, facing the wrath of ogres and goblins on your way. One mom said her son enjoyed defeating the creepiest enemies first. Why you’ll love it The role-playing game’s illustrated cards are great for expanding your child’s imagination. Ages 8+. $15; gamewright.com
4. SCRABBLE TWIST
Even if word games aren’t your family’s forte, you’ll get hooked on this classic’s “hot potato” spin. You’ve got 10 to 20 seconds (depending on what mode you choose) to create a word from letters that pop up on the handheld unit. Why you’ll love it Say goodbye to getting stuck with a bad batch of letters! You get new ones every round. Ages 8+. $20; hasbrotoyshop.com
5. THREE LITTLE PIGGIES
Move the 3D puzzle pieces around to find the pigs safe homes away from the big bad wolf. Why you’ll love it: One mom said the easy-to-setup game was a “great teaching activity” for developing spatial skills and brings the classic fairy tale to life. Ages 3+, $25; smartgamesusa.com
6. APPLE POP
Fling the red, yellow, and green apple balls out of the tree in hopes of getting three of the same color in a row. Why you’ll love it Kids who can’t sit still when playing Monopoly will enjoy this high-energy game that gives fine motor skills a workout. Ages 5+. $17; toysrus.com
7. MASHIN’ MAX
Spin Max around until he smashes his fist down. You’ll either get lucky and move forward to collect berry tokens—or he’ll snatch all you’ve got! Why you’ll love it Gathering the berries is a great way to get kids counting. Ages 4+. $16; walmart.com
8. LIFT IT! DELUXE
With a plastic crane strapped to your head (or hand), take turns building structures before time runs out. Rack up points by placing as many pieces down as you possibly can. Why you’ll love it The competitive spirit of the game makes players forget they look like lunatics with their new headpieces. Ages 8+. $35; usaopoly.com
9. DOHDLES!
Sculpt everything from a feather to a beret out of clay for others to guess. The other players get to ask you yes or no questions about your creations. Why you’ll love it Get ready to laugh! One mom said, “Some of the sculptures put you at a loss of words and make you wonder where you went wrong as a parent.” Ages 10+. $40; thamesandkosmos.com
10. DINOSAUR ESCAPE
The Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Triceratops need to get to Dinosaur Island before the puzzle volcano explodes! Why you’ll love it Kids have to use memory skills to find the right tokens, and they prove their teamwork skills because players work together to rescue their new prehistoric pals. Ages 4+. $18; peaceablekingdom.com

 



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