It can be hard to find games and activities that grow with your kids through the years.
My kids are at the age where most toys don’t excite them much anymore… and the biggest struggle is keeping them off their screens 24-7.
But there are a handful of games that never get old and can be enjoyed by the whole family for many years. That’s what I call a good investment!
Here are a few of them.
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One of our favorite screen-free games is the Don’t Laugh Challenge series of joke books. And they now have several new editions specific to different ages… ranging from 6 to 12 years old. So, as your child gets older, there’s a new hilarious joke book for them.
My kids loved facing off with their 9 and 10-year-old editions!
The Don’t Laugh Challenge books include a couple of different game options.
1- The Don’t Laugh Challenge:
- The challenge is for the players to sit face to face and take turns reading jokes to each other. Each laugh equals 1 point for the joke teller and the first to get to a certain amount of points wins.
Why does dinosaur insurance cost so much?The Don’t Laugh Challenge™ – 7 Year Old Edition
Because of all the T-Wrecks!
2- Silly Scenarios
- The books also have a Silly Scenario section where you take turns acting out silly things trying to get the other person to laugh.
3- Just enjoy the laughs
- You don’t even have to play a game. Just enjoy the jokes. I know my family does!
Scrabble is one of those games parents love because it also helps kids work on their spelling and vocabulary. And as kids get older they can use bigger and bigger words.
That’s why it’s one of our family’s favorites. We’ve had the same edition in our stack of games for about 10 years.
Monopoly has so many versions it’s hard to count them all. From Disney to Fortnite and the new women’s edition… there’s bound to be a version that everyone likes.
Life is another one of our family’s all-time favorite board games. It’s super easy for kids to play at all ages and they love to move the little cars around the board.
There’s no mystery why Jenga is a favorite for kids and adults. I’ve played this game so many times in different party settings. It’s always a crowd-pleaser.
These next two games are my favorites because they can be played anytime, anywhere and absolutely for free. There are a few options you can buy on Amazon, but if you want… you can just play on your own with paper and pencils you have around the house.
We often play charades at family parties, either by writing things down on pieces of paper and putting them in a bowl… or we just let the kids decide what they want to act out when it’s their turn. We do the same for Pictionary.
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