As you may have noticed we have missed a couple of weeks of Toys We Love This Week. All I can say is life 🙂 Life happens! But we are back and this week is all about board games. For the past two years I have been buying board games for our family so that we can have something to do with each other that isn’t just sitting in front of the TV each night. The kids love, I love it, and really has helped us to connect as well as teaching the kids new skills.
Make 7 is the perfect learning and strategy game. It is similar to Connect 4, but in this game you are trying to match your number pieces in a row to count up to 7. There are only 1’s, 2’s, and 3’s game pieces. The tricky part is that you can only use a number 3 tile in the red outlined squares. All others have to be 1 or 2. You alternate turns between players so you wind up getting blocked A LOT!! My son didn’t like that I was able to figure out more of a strategy to beating him. He wasn’t looking at all the ways that I could form 7. It helps to teach your kids counting as well as strategy. It will take a little practice for him to get really good at it.
Googly Eyes is hilarious. You can form large teams with this game so it is great for a party with either kids are adults. As you move along the playing board, it gives you a color of glasses to put in the googly eyes. You then have to draw a card and try to draw that object on paper while wearing the glasses. There are three levels of lenses and let me tell you it is so funny to put them on. It is like pictionary while not wearing your contacts!! Truly hilarious game that can be fun at any age level.
Lucky Ducks is a great game for littles. Each duck has a certain shape sticker on the bottom. Your kids pick up a duck as it “floats” by and try to get all three of the same shape that they choose at the beginning of the game. The first to get all three wins. It is a fairly simply game, but it helps to teach colors and shapes in a fun way.
Shopkins… oh my goodness they are taking over my house and there is a game, Supermarket Scramble. I will say the game is pretty cute. It comes with 4 unique characters that you move around the board game while collecting tokens. The first to get all 4 tokens and back to the finish spot wins. It is great for teaching counting and the fun little shopkins characters are just too cute.
I love that we now have a couple more games that are not only entertaining, but help to teach and use motor skills at the same time. I hope you enjoyed toys we love this week. Stay tuned for more to come!