Bored no more! The 10 best games of the year – all family-tested and approved.
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 cool way to learn about new landmarks and foods. Ages 6 and up $13; amazon.com
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2. YOGA SPINNER
Hold as many poses for 10 seconds as you can in this fun fitness game. Earning cards requires some serious balancing skills.
Why you’ll love it: You’ll get a kick out of seeing how flexible, or not, your parents are. Ages 5 and up $15; target.com
Collect creatures and charms as you travel through an enchanted forest, facing the wrath of ogres and goblins on your way.
Why you’ll love it: The role-playing game’s illustrated cards are great for expanding your imagination. Ages 8 and up $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 or more 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: No more getting stuck with a bad batch of letters. You get new ones every round. Ages 8 and up $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: It’s easy to set up and brings the classic fairy tale to life. Ages 3 and up $25; smartgamesusa.com
6. APPLE POP
Fling the 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 and up $17; toysrus.com
7. MASHIN’ MAX
Let Max spin until he smashes his fist down. You’ll 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 practice counting. Ages 4 and up $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 and up $35; usaopoly.com
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; the sculptures created can be hilarious. Ages 10 and up $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: You have to use memory skills to find the right tokens, and teamwork skills because players work together to rescue their new prehistoric pals. Ages 4 and up $18; peaceablekingdom.com