2016 Gift Guide: Games for Younger Kids

2016 Gift Guide: Games for Younger Kids

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It’s never too early to start kids on the path to being lifelong gamers. In a world filled with digital this and online that, being offline with family or friends improves social skills while also developing the much-needed skills of learning to win and lose with grace.

We know you’ve seen some of these on the shelves at retailers, others online, but have you considered purchasing them as holiday gifts? You should! We continue to offer a variety of gift ideas for all ages and abilities of your potential gift-recipients and hope some of these resonate. Struggling with finding the perfect teacher gift? Some of these are incredibly affordable and would add to their teaching shelves nicely.

As we have said before, the SahmReviews logo indicates that we’ve written about it previously in more detail so I encourage you to check that out if you’re on the fence.

Munchkin Wonderland

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Wander Wonderland! Collect whimsical treasure! Fight the Red Queen! This game for ages 6 and up lets players explore Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland! Move around the illustrated gameboard collecting Treasure cards. If you land on a monster such as the Jabberwock or Cheshire Cat, beat it with a roll of the dice and Treasures like Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast, the Dormouse, or Stolen Tarts! Collect the most gold to win! For 2 to 6 players.

 

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Action Princesses

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Every turn requires you and your friends to get up and perform a silly action before you can roll again. Work together to find the key to the castle and the sword that will defeat the dragon.

Giggling and silliness is highly encouraged!

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TY Beanie Boos Party

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Be on the lOOk out for the Ty® Beanie Boos™ games from Tactic Games USA. Beanie Boos™ Party is four exciting party games in one – all wrapped up in Ty cuteness! Players move their playing piece around the board. During a player’s turn, they draw a card that indicates if they have to Draw, Describe, Act Out, or Guess the Ty Beanie Boos character on their card. Includes a card-holder headband, cards, pencil, drawing pad and the game board that shows all of your favorite Ty Beanie Boos characters.

Order direct!

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Balance Beans

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Balance Beans is a logic game and math game all in one. Use the Challenge Card to arrange the Red Beans. then carefully place the blue, yellow, or orange Beans on the Seesaw to keep it from teetering. When you balance the Seesaw, you are actually balancing an equation! This bean-filled logic game is a fun way to introduce young learners to elementary algebra. Balance Beans was recently named a winner in American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA) 2016 Best Toys for Kids list. Available on Amazon, Target and neighborhood toy stores.

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Coconuts

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Coconuts is the #1 rated children’s game on BoardGameGeek.com. Quick fun game for the entire family! Long ago the Monkey King left his kingdom in the care of his children while he took a journey which kept him away longer than he had intended. Upon his return found his children fighting and his kingdom in chaos. The king gathered his children and explained what makes a successful ruler, “The first monkey to collect supplies for winter will replace me as ruler.” The children bowed but each whispered to the other, “Beware, I have magic.” Shoot your coconuts straight and true to collect them in the basket, but beware the monkey magic that might monkey with you.

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Ranglin’ Rabbits

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

It’s a bunny break-out! A herd of hasty hoppers is headed for the hills, and it’s your job to halt them. Work together as a team to corral the cottontails by flicking, lifting, and rolling the dice. But hop to it! There’s trouble afoot if they all escape before you can mend the fences. Wrangle the rabbits and you’re a 24-carrot champion!

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Spot It: Finding Dory

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Spot it! Finding Dory puts a Dory spin on the family favorite, spot it! just like the other spot it! games, Finding Dory will come with a variety of unique symbols for you to identify and match from card to card. Many of the symbols represent Nemo, Dory and their fish friends. You’ll recognize characters from Finding Nemo, like dedicated dad marlin, nemo’s school pals, and a couple of familiar sea Turtles, but you can also expect newer friends from dory’s upcoming adventure to make an appearance. Play it once or play all night, with 30 unique cards and five different mini-games, you’ll never want to stop swimming with Dory and friends in spot it! Finding Dory!

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Dr. Seuss Whirly Fun

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Cooperative play for a rainy day! With Mother out of the house for the day, The Cat in the Hat has brought Thing One and Thing Two to play! Oh, but these Things run about with bumps, thumps, and kicks! Work together to clean up their mess before Mother comes home. It’s cooperative fun for everyone! Promotes • Cooperation and teamwork • Physical dexterity • Color and shape recognition.

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Squashed

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

Squashed™ changes the paradigm of board games by forcing players to think in three dimensions. The very nature of the Squashed™ results in the cube being flipped multiple times, causing dramatic shifts in power in the omnipresent race to the top of the cube. Would you risk squashing one of your own pawns to take out many others? And should you align with players to take out a major threat? It all comes down to you. Play the game, think in three dimensions, and squash your competition out of the game.

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Pie Face!

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So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

The hilarious Pie Face Showdown game brings friends and family together for lots of laugh-out-loud fun. First, players load the arm with whipped cream (not included) or the included sponge. Then each player places their chin on one of the chin rests and at the count of three, rapidly mashes the button nearest to them, which activates the hand on the throwing arm. The suspense builds as players try to get the arm to move toward their opponent and when it gets too close to the pie thrower, it’ll spring up and that player will get creamed. The player who doesn’t get “pie-faced” wins.

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Who else is ready to play?! First, throw a couple of these into your basket for purchase, then get offline, grab a board game and game-on! Don’t forget to look for the tiny SahmReviews logo to get more information on select titles that have been featured on the site. And of course, some of these games are destined for our 100+ Days of Giveaways.

So many choices for young kids in the game aisle. These are our picks for gifts that will certainly please! Check out our Games for Younger Kids Gift Guide! - SahmReviews.com

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29 comments on «2016 Gift Guide: Games for Younger Kids»

  1. This is such a great guide! I love how varied all these picks are. This is an excellent resource for anyone into games.

  2. Denise C says:

    We have the Whirly Fun game and Pie Face, and they’re great. I’m looking forward to trying some of the others.

  3. Those are some great game suggestions. I think I might even enjoy Munchkin Wonderland myself!

  4. Mitch says:

    What a great group of gifts! Something different for everyone! Thanks for the great ideas!

  5. You just made my day! I’ve been racking my brain for a gift idea for a nephew. That Squashed one looks perfect! THANKS!!

  6. Dixie Lippitt says:

    Great ideas for kids!

  7. Justin Whipple says:

    Where were these games when I was a kid?!

  8. Addie says:

    I think of all of these games pie face looks the most fun. But any of the games would be a blast for little kids.

  9. Deanna McCoy says:

    The great niece and nephew would love some of these

  10. Liz M says:

    Squashed seems the most interesting to me!

  11. Debbie Welchert says:

    What a great list of games to choose from. The Balance Beans looks really fun.

  12. brody says:

    awesome! thanks for your work

  13. Dominique Cloutier says:

    Action Princess sounds like a super awesome game for my toddlers. I loved board games as a kid and have totally passed on that love to my kids! I love the variety of games now since I was a child!

  14. Dominique Cloutier says:

    I won the Dr. Seuss Whirly Fun game a couple weeks back and gave it to my son for Christmas and it has very quickly become an absolute favorite! What I love the most about it is that my 5 year old son and my 3 year old daughter can play the game correctly by themselves. It’s so neat!

  15. April says:

    These look like so much fun! The action princess is something my daughter would love! =D

  16. Julie Waldron says:

    I’ve never heard of Action Princesses.

  17. Julie Waldron says:

    Squashed looks like it would be the most fun.

  18. June S. says:

    I have been seeing that Pie Face game listed just about everywhere lately, our family would like playing that game.

  19. brody says:

    good list

  20. Sparks says:

    Squashed looks fun for adults as well. Pie Face would be great for all family gatherings, and all other gatherings, when would you NOT use it?

  21. David Carapinha says:

    Munchking Wonderland? That’s just greaaaaat!

  22. Sparks says:

    Squashed was new to me, it looks pretty interesting and a nice new take on board games. I am curious how much storage space it takes though.

  23. HCaudell says:

    Munchkin Wonderland looks like so much fun!

  24. Scott D Randel says:

    It’s never to early to learn backstabbing from Munchkin Wonderland!

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