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Our Favorite Food-themed Games for Families

January 25, 2023 by Emily Moore

Thyme for Some Food-themed Family Games!

  • What did the board game eat for breakfast? Scrabbled eggs.​​​​​​​
  • There is a board game that I stopped playing years ago. But I don't like talking about my checkered past.

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!


Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza
  • Ages: 5+
  • Players: 2-8
  • 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!

  • Ages: 6+
  • Players: 2-6
  • 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.

Sushi Go!
  • Ages: 8+
  • Players: 2-5
  • 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!

Point Salad
  • Ages: 8+
  • Players: 2-6
  • 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!

  • Ages: 7+
  • Players: 2-6
  • 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.

Here’s to hours of silly, light-hearted competition!
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