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25 Family Friendly Games {No Batteries Required} Just in time for Christmas @MamaKautz

I am teaming up with a few of my friends from the Green Mom Bloggers Network. Our Top 25 choices for Christmas.
I chose Family Friendly Games. We own most of the ones on this list. We have been a homeschool family for a little over 9 years so the majority of these are educational.

These are in no particular order


Say Anything
Every player answers a fun question like “What’s the worst thing to say to a cop after getting pulled over?” or “Who’s the most annoying celebrity in show business?” Then players try to choose which answer the judge will like best.


Settlers of Catan
Every player answers a fun question like “What’s the worst thing to say to a cop after getting pulled over?” or “Who’s the most annoying celebrity in show business?” Then players try to choose which answer the judge will like best.


Stratego
Two armies face off in a battle to capture the flag.who will taste victory? Form a battle plan, use your bombs, and be cleverly deceptive to defeat your opponent and capture the flag!


Postcards from America
Postcards from America is a unique game where the players learn geography by traveling to cities and other locations based on actual postcards. Inventor Bill Rolette used 64 postcards from his continental travels to create this game, which is fun for both kids and adults. Made in Germany for Ages 6 and up.


Apples to Apples
The name of the game is a play on the phrase “apples to oranges,” and the game is about making comparisons between different things. General game play is as follows: players are dealt red cards which have a noun printed on them, and the judge (a different player in each turn) draws a green card on which an adjective is printed and places it for all players to see. Each player then chooses a red card they are holding that they think best describes the green card. The judge then decides which adjective she likes best.


Wits and Wagers
Wits & Wagers is history’s most award-winning party game. Why does everyone love Wits & Wagers? Because you don’t need to know the answers to win! First, everyone writes down a guess to a fun question like “How many people have walked on the moon?” Then players try to score points by choosing which guess is closest to the right answer.


Mexican Train
Mexican Train Dominoes is a popular game where participants work to play the dominoes in their hand onto one or more chains (or trains) emanating from a central hub station.


Ticket to Ride
October 2, 1900 – it’s 28 years to the day that noted London eccentric, Phileas Fogg accepted and then won a bet that he could travel “Around the World in 80 Days.” Now, at the dawn of the century, some old friends have gathered to celebrate Fogg’s impetuous and lucrative gamble – and to propose a new wager of their own. The stakes: $1 million in a winner-takes-all competition. The objective: to see the most cities in North America – in just 7 days. Ticket to Ride is a cross-country train adventure game. Players collect train cards that enable them to claim railway routes connecting cities throughout North America. The longer the routes, the more points they earn.


Farkle
Become a Farkle fanatic with this Classic Dice-Rolling, Risk-Taking Game that comes with score pads. Take a risk and keep rolling to build your score. Or play it safe so you don’t lose your points in a Farkle. It’s a fight to the finish in this fabulously fun game of strategy and luck


Rummikub
It’s hard to find family games that are fun and challenging for both kids and adults, but Rummikub fills the bill on all counts. The rules are simple, the game is varied, and the fun is free for everyone!


RISK
Lead your troops. Take a risk. Rule the world. Rally your armies to march across continents. Carefully craft your strategy—you’ll face your opponents on the field of battle and they’ll give the fight everything they’ve got. Keep advancing until you’ve defeated all of your foes and taken over the world. Strategic game of “global” domination pits you against your opponents to try to take over the world.


HedBanz
Spice up your family game night with the Hedbanz Board Game, a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy


Name that Country
“Dear Pen Pal, Konnichi wa! We’ve been to see Mt. Fuji. Name my country! Sayonara, Michiko.” Challenge your group with this fast-paced geography game.


Munchkin
You and your friends compete to kill monsters and grab magic items. And what magic items. Don the Horny Helmet and the Boots of Butt Kicking. Wield the Staff of Napalm or maybe the Chainsaw of Bloody Dismemberment. Start by slaughtering the Potted Plant and the Drooling Slime, and work your way up to the Plutonium Dragon. *We tried to play this one. We have many people who love. We need to go play a round with them. It was hard for us to learn


Mancala
Prepare kids for more complex abstract strategy games


Enchanted Forest
Explore a magical kingdom with your favorite fairy tales in Ravensburger’s Enchanted Forest board game. This game, recommended for children ages six and up, lets you travel through forests and towns to find magical items from common fairy tales scattered across the kingdom.


Morphology
Morphology is a fun, creative and challenging party board game combining simple shapes, your imagination and creativity. Using wooden sticks, glass beads and colored cubes how would you create a “butterfly” or “airplane”. Now try doing it with your eyes closed or using only the string


HiHo Cherry O
Preschoolers have so much fun picking fruit to fill their baskets, they don’t even realize they’re developing and practicing math skills such as counting, addition and subtraction! Take turns picking pretend cherries, blueberries and apples from your tree and put them in your basket. Be the first to pick all the fruit from your tree and win! When it comes to a fruity fun way to sharpen kids’ math skills, you couldn’t “pick” a better game!


Life
Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Try marriage, kids, and more. Will you go to college and take out student loans? Or join the working force and collect on payday? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything’s possible with a spin of the Life wheel!


Clue
The suspects you know, in the mansion you remember, with the weapons you love. Ages 8 and Up. 3-6 Players. Game board. 6 suspect tokens. 6 weapons. Deck of suspect. Weapon and room cards. Confidential case file. Detective notebook pad. Die and riles.


Chutes and Ladders
Going up the ladders and down the chutes, a child will learn (by the pictures) the rewards of good deeds and the consequences of naughty ones.


Yahtzee
The object of the game is to score the most points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The dice can be rolled up to three times in a turn to try to make one of the 13 possible scoring combinations


Boggle
Boggle, the world-famous 3-minute word game


Checkers


Uno
America’s No.1 brand of family game. See why this color coded card game is such a popular brand of family game. Be the first player or team to score 500 points. Points are scored by being the first to rid yourself of all the cards in your hand before your opponents.


Monopoly


Battleship

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