family games

Parcheesi

Reviewed by Wendy What it is: Billed as “the royal game of India,” Parcheesi is old family board game that is still sold today. Supposedly, the game was first played in the United States in the late 1860s, but I remember it being really popular during my childhood (1970s and 1980s). The object is to… read more

Sequence

Reviewed by Brittany What it is: [Amazon product description] A board game and card game in one! The object is to get a “sequence,” meaning a row of five poker-like chips on the game board. Play a card from your hand, place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board when you have five in a… read more

Qwirkle

Reviewed by Suzi Donovan, LearningRx Santa Rosa What it is: [Amazon Product Description] TACTICAL STRATEGY: Featuring a massive amount of in-game choices, including three tiles each of thirty-six possible color-symbol combinations, Qwirkle is the perfect game to hone player’s tactical maneuvers, strategical planning, and forward thinking. Will you see the monolithic move that catapults you into first… read more

Doodle Dice

  Reviewed by Kim What It Is: [Amazon product description] Doodle Dice is the game of creative dice arrangement. Players roll the six bold specially designed dice. Based on the roll they attempt to copy one of the doodle designs showing in the card gallery with the face-up sides of the dice rolled. Players may also… read more

2016 Smart Mom’s Toy Box

What it is: 2016 Smart Mom’s Toy Box Brain Benefits: logic & reasoning, visual processing, attention, auditory processing, memory, processing speed What We Love: This annual list of brain-boosting toys helps parents sort through the muck that is the Christmas Wish List. This year’s list includes all award-winning toys and games that build one or… read more