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We Love Games

We play games most every evening after dinner.

Our boys, 8 and 6-year-old enjoy the family time, and we’re so glad to have my husband home from work that it’s a great time to laugh and enjoy each other before bedtime.

Here are our top 20 favorite games in no particular order.

Ticket to Ride First Journey

This was a great one to start around age 6. It’s a little involved, but takes between 45 minutes to an hour to finish.

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Who doesn’t love shouting, “You sunk my battleship!”? Our six-year-old still struggles with the grid on this one, but the eight-year-old is amazing at it. We typically team up for this since it’s only a two player game, anyway.

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Numbers, colors, and a great one to play with the whole family or in teams depending on your family’s needs. Sometimes the amount in the boys’ tiny hands can get to be a bit much, so we’ll let them lay them down or put some back.

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We also really love this Harry Potter version here!


This game is fun to play faster with bigger kids, but will need to be slowed way down for the younger ones. What kid doesn’t love to push a button and shout words? Super fun and easily adaptable to any age.

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Guess Who

Another classic favorite! We find that both boys handle this game particularly well, even if the six-year-old does sometimes give away who his guy is!

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Okay…real talk… I just don’t like the new version! The 1986 version is where it’s at! We definitely have to pair the six-year-old up with one of the adults, but our oldest gets along just fine.

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Chinese Checkers

Oh, goodness do our boys love this game! It’s simple, quick moving, and like a more fun version of checkers with all the jumping everywhere.

The trick is to avoid the tin version. Those marbles slide all over the place, and the tin gets warped over time. The link below is for the best-priced wooden one we like best.

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Truth be told, the boys like this one everyday, and Steve and I like it most days.

It’s a bit time consuming, but it really lets our oldest one work with bigger numbers with such high currency (he always calls banker).

The spinner is our youngest’s favorite thing ever, and he loves it when more babies are added to his car. It takes a bit of parental help, but it’s a good weekend day game.

The version we like best is here.


I loved this game as a child, and playing it with our boys is the most fun! I like this game as a simple way for little hands to learn moving and counting. Of course, the popping bubble is the kids’ favorite, though!

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Connect 4

For some reason this game gives our family the giggles! We like how simple and quick-paced it is. The boys crack up when they let all the checkers fly out of the bottom!

Here’s the version we have.

This giant yard version is definitely on my wish list, though!


Speaking of games with giant yard versions, Jenga is one that we love both inside and outside!

Find the indoor version here.

The outdoor here is still small enough to allow all-family play.


I happen to have an over-the-top YAHTZEE! shout that makes my husband roll his eyes and the kids howl with laughter.

This game gets confusing for the six-year-old, so we let him join one of the adults while my eight-year-old is pretty good on his own.

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Outdoor version here.


This game was something I picked up thinking my eight-year-old little code breaker would love the sound of, but it turned out to be one of our all-time favorites!

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Pay Day

This game is so fun and simple. We also like the flexibility of time since you can choose to go as many times as you’d like through the calendar. If it’s a night after not a lot of sleep the night before, we’ll choose this game, so we can run through the calendar once and head right up to bed.

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Truth be told, we ditched the headbands themselves because it was a bit too intense for tiny fingers to stick the cards into the slot attached to their head all while trying to beat out the clock.

Instead, we opted for holding the card up in front of us and letting the person on our team shout clues at us. This was all it took for our kids to fall in love with this game!

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I like how we can change up Scrabble to fit both a kid who devours books and one who’s just learning to read. It’s fun to play, and as a homeschool mama, it tips me off on any spelling words we need to add to our school day!

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My husband grew up loving this game and couldn’t wait for us to play after the boys got it for Christmas this year.

It’s surprisingly easy enough for both boys to understand, even if the strategy of the six-year-old doesn’t quite outmatch the eight-year-old just yet.

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I will never forget how exciting it was when my now eight-year-old could finally read his own Sorry! cards. He felt like such a big kid, and I know our six-year-old is on his way!

We love this quick and simple game. For some reason our boys get such a kick out of sending Daddy back to home but feel so bad if they have to do it to me. But I don’t mind. Not one bit.

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We have to slow down a bit for our six-year-old to take a look at the pieces and grab them, but the eight-year-old is out to win now that his reflexes are much sharper!

This game is fast and fun!

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Pie Face

This game is one that comes with past stories they tell others about.

We laugh so hard when we play Pie Face, and the boys are always begging to play it! If you haven’t played Pie Face yet and are okay with some mess on the table, your face, and table, this is the game for you!

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We hope you have enjoyed our list of favorite after-dinner games.

We are soaking up every minute of time with our boys, and these game times are such a part of our story.

Let me know in the comments which games I didn’t list that we need to try!

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