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LMNOP and Monkey Puzzle's Pamela Blyton share
their favourite games for the young and the young at heart.
Photographed by ian macpherson
text by caroline foreman
There’s something magical about sitting down to a family game together. Kids love the time and attention they’re given, and parents are often surprised to find that they’re having a fun time too. These nine games are ones that you and your littlies are sure to love. Bright, colourful and beautifully designed, they’re co-operative rather than competitive, and suitable for a range of ages – even kids as young as 2 can join in. The games help children learn valuable concepts like following rules, taking turns, being a good sport, decision-making and consequences – all while having fun. Turn a dull afternoon into one filled with learning and laughter with one of these delightful games. You’ll be surprised how much fun you’ll have too!
1. LES ACROBATES, Vilac.
Stack 10 colourful acrobats one on top of each other. Age range 3+
2. QUIPS, Ravensburger.
Players roll the dice to complete each picture with coloured wooden markers. Helps develop colour and number recognition and counting skills. Age range 3+
3. MATOUDEMATATA, Djeco.
Pile up the cats and presents on Aunty’s head without making them fall. A fun balancing game to play alone or with others. Age range 3+
4. MYSTERY GARDEN, Ravensburger.
This mystery garden is filled with lots of characters, animals, toys and more. Discover the mystery tile by asking questions and remembering clues. Age range 4+
5. DANCING EGGS, Haba.
A boisterous game using yellow bouncing eggs. The player who pinches the most eggs and collects all the points, wins. Age range 5+
6. ORCHARD, Haba.
Players try to collect the wooden fruit from the trees before the raven can steal them. A great co-operative game for the entire family. Age range 3+
7. SNAIL’S PACE RACE, Ravensburger.
Each player rolls two dice and moves the snails that match the colours thrown. Players try to guess which snail will be the first to cross the finish line. Age range 3+
8. BUILD-A-VILLAGE, Wonder Game.
Be the first player to complete your village scene on your playing board with houses, trees and cars, in their correct colour and positions. Age range 3+
9. SLEEPY PRINCESS AND THE PEA, Haba.
Help prepare the princesses bed by stacking all the mattresses, blankets and cushions. If your bed tower is a stable place for the princess to rest – you win. Age range 3+
All games are available at Monkey Puzzle.