What we play:
  1. Press Here
    Based on Herve Tullet's book, the game comes with cards and primary colored dots and players create patterns on the cards with the dots. No reading necessary, so I play this with both kids. Easy and fun, this one can take anywhere from a few minutes to many, depending on how many cards you want to complete.
  2. The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game
    Another good one for the littles. Simple rules, no reading required. You spin to see how many acorns to place on your tree stump, or how many to take away when a sneaky squirrel steals one or the wind blows them all away. Our kids will take this one out and play by themselves 💯
  3. Chef Showdown
    This is a fast-paced matching game that doesn't require reading. Three ingredient cards are laid on the table and players flip through their own cards, which feature multiple ingredients, to find a match and place their chef on the ingredient card. When someone else has a match, your chef gets knocked out of place. My girls love the knock out part, but it can get kind of competitive/aggressive 😬.
  4. Tell Me A Story
    Lovely illustrated decks of cards oriented around a theme. You choose a given number of card at random or deliberately and construct a story based on the images. Great for the car and waiting in restaurants.
  5. Rory's Story Cubes
    A bit like the Story Cards, but you roll a die to discover the next element of the story to incorporate. This often means the story can get pretty wacky/funny/disjointed. Good for the table at restaurants unless a die rolls under the table, which it always does 😣
  6. Community
    A cooperative game where players work together to connect Home to other components of the community (School, Hospital, Factory, etc.) using hexagonal pieces with roads and other geographical features. No reading required.
  7. Mille Bornes
    Classic card game my husband played as a kid that he introduced to me. Our favorite part of playing is saying the French words on the cards (hi @Lisa_Fav ! Do French folks play this game?) in a dramatic way, especially "Panne d'Essence!"
  8. Ticket to Ride
    Far and away the game my husband and I play most together and with friends. Oddly addictive and fun for a game about building train routes across a country or continent (depending on which version you play).
  9. Carcassonne
    Kind of like the Community game above, but competitive. Based on the ancient walled city of Carcassonne in France, which is now on our must see travel list.
  10. Farkle
    I learned to play this dice game in grad school without purchasing a game, just using six random dice. I even bought mini dice to put in a small Altoid tin when my friends and I would play this wherever we went. Rules here: https://cdn.shptrn.com/media/mfg/1725/media_document/8976/FarkleRules_E.pdf?1401226825. Very fun and addictive.