Another Thanksgiving week has come and gone, but the memories (and photos) will always stay! This year, we traveled to California to visit family for the week and we got quite a bit of gaming in. My nieces and nephew love to play board games, and when they weren’t swimming, they were asking to play games. Because we had to pack light, we didn’t get to bring many games but we did manage to bring a few that were big hits among the kids (and even some adults too!).
Best Treehouse Ever
There were times during the week where all 16 of us weren’t together so we managed to get a few smaller games in. One of my nieces’ favorites was Best Treehouse Ever. They had played Sushi Go before, so they were no strangers to drafting games. They particularly loved the art (it is quite amazing) and loved to create stories about each room of their treehouse. While it’s not a game I could play over and over again, I’m glad my nieces got a huge kick out of it!
Monikers (with kid friendly cards)
One thing I love about Monikers is the fact they included 50 blank cards, so I made a bunch of cards that were kid friendly and would relate to our family. We played this one with my adult cousin and my nieces. I was amazed at how good my 8 year old niece was, especially during the “one word” phase. And of course, hilarity ensues during the charades round. Acting out “blue shell” and “meeple” is just hilarious.
5 Second Rule
We brought 5 Second Rule because we knew that there would be times where we may not be able to play at a table. I was really surprised how much my 5 year old nephew and 3 year old niece liked this game. We tailored it for them of course (we weren’t gonna make them say 3 NCAA Teams for example) and they did great. We played it several times over the week. I love how the timer makes noise! Little kids especially liked taking turns flipping over the timer, that’s half the fun of 5 Second Rule.
While my husband James and I did most of our gaming with kids, we did manage to round up a few more adults so we could play Codenames. It was quite fun, and we even got my uncle to play! Codenames continues to impress me and it fits quite well for our family. The younger kids could be on a team, while the adults and my 12 year old niece took turns being spymasters. One of my favorite clues I did was “continuum” for “space” and “time”. My dad was on my team and I knew he would guess correctly! One surprising thing about Codenames is that my 5 year old nephew kept asking to play it, he liked to be on the spymaster’s team and say the clue for the team.
My aunt always buys a couple of the Mensa winners every year to play at Thanksgiving, and we managed a game on Qwixx on Thanksgiving night. It was quite fun, more strategy than I originally thought. The little kids were on the adults’ teams and had fun crossing out numbers. I could see this game becoming a big hit with my family in the future, because it’s quick and has some strategy. It would also be a great game for my homeschool classes.
We managed one game of Lanterns on Thanksgiving night, once most of the kids were busy doing crafts (or sleeping like my son). My aunt had bought the game and was really excited about it. I told her how I got to review the game and how awesome it was. She really enjoyed the game and loved the art. I’m glad we got to do a strategy game during the week, since most of the games we played were party games.
Pack O Games
We managed a few games of HUE, GEM, SHH, and FLY during the week. People are always amazed at the size of Pack O Games, which is part of why I bring it everywhere. My 5 year old nephew really enjoyed FLY, and my nieces really enjoyed SHH. Pack O Games were perfect to play while we were waiting for lunch or Thanksgiving dessert.
Thanksgiving week was definitely more chaotic than I expected but I was super pleased with all the gaming that happened. I love how much my family loves to play games and with Christmas just over 3 weeks away, we’ll be getting even more gaming in during Christmas break when all my family is here.
How was your Thanksgiving break? Did you play many games? What were some hits? You can reply in the comments or on Twitter. Happy gaming!