Board games provide loads of opportunities for children to build academic and life skills. In addition to promoting working memory and cognitive flexibility, games give kids practice with key self-regulation skills like turn-taking, sustaining attention, and following rules. What’s more, they encourage pro-social skills like cooperation, empathy, communication, and dealing with the occasional setback.
If your family’s hungry for new games to play, we’ve assembled a list of our favorite food-themed games. Bonus: all our recommendations are portable and playable in small spaces, making them great choices for families at rest or on the go!
Duration: 10-15 mins
When you’re looking for 10 minutes of sheer hilarity, this is the game for you. The objective is to get rid of all your cards. It’s all about fast reaction times and being able to say one thing while looking at a picture of something else. Sounds easy, right? Spoiler alert: it’s not! But it helps to improve focus and attention and you’ll have lots of fun!
Duration: 20 mins
The goal of this quick, slap-happy card game is to build a sandwich with a bunch of toppings while avoiding a thief who tries to pilfer your panino! The winner is whoever has the most cards at the end of the game.
Duration: 15 mins
A fast-paced, draft-and-pass card game that’s great for sushi enthusiasts! The game’s objective is to score points, which you do by acquiring the best (highest point value) sushi meal. It’s easy to learn, fun to play, and the cards are extremely cute!
Duration: 15-20 mins
This is another points-based, card drafting game to play after dinner before everyone wanders off. Besides reinforcing basic math skills, it gets your kids talking about fruits and vegetables, and we’re always in favor of that!
Duration: 20 mins
Truth be told, Bananagrams doesn’t really have anything to do with food – it’s just a word game that’s stylishly packaged in a banana case. Everyone plays their own tiles, on their own “boards” and the first player to use up all the tiles wins. Bananagrams is a solid little game that makes a great addition to sleepovers, camping, and road trips. Plus, as you play it, the tiles make a pleasant clickity-click sound.
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