I have always loved board games, but it wasn't until my husband and his brothers and sisters introduced me to "thinky" board games that I really fell head over heels. Now I spend my downtime beating other stay-at-home moms at online Ticket to Ride. I miss playing board games with our brothers/sisters in law and hope to get together again for game night SOON!
I have gathered up my favorite board games, ipad games, and games & activities for the kids. I can pretty much buy a game for almost anyone on my Christmas list and they will be a happy camper. It is just a matter of getting the RIGHT ONE.
San Juan - Yes another Puerto Rico game! This one is similar to Puerto Rico, but played with cards instead of on a board and the strategy is slightly different. The "library" is gold in this game, so get it early, but make sure not to play a "chapel" TOO early or you will pull money out of your business too early a la Kevin O'Leary. The game overall is well-balanced and holds up to multiple strategy twists and turns.
For iPad -- all found in the app store
For the Kids:
Oddly Obvious -- Fun for kids, and great for working on vocabulary skills. It was just right for our 7 and 9 year old...too much for the 5 year old.
Toca Builders - This is hands down my kids' favorite tablet game and it is great for building spacial reasoning skills.
Geometry Dash is a family favorite, as is Drive Ahead and Cut the Rope if you are looking for downloadable apps. (Those are recommendations straight from my sons!)