Best Board Games 2011 for Kids

Best Board Games 2011 for Kids

We have selected the top 5 best board games 2011 for Kids for review. This is the list of the hot board games for whole family fun and entertainment. Despite the fact that today’s technology advancements offers new complicated toys and games every year, there are nothing like good board Games. We have selected the board games classics in our list such as Bananagrams, Qwirkle, Blokus, Perplexus Maze Game, and of course The Settlers of Catan.

Bananagrams

BananagramsBananagrams, the game that has been described as “like Scrabble but better,” is a fast, letter-lover’s game that will excite crossword enthusiasts and beginning spellers alike. The game is portable enough to be played anywhere, and parents will love it because it doesn’t take forever to play, and there are no complicated rules to keep up with or fight over.

Features

  • Portable– There’s no need for a board or scoring materials such as pen and paper. Everything you need to play the game (i.e. the 144 tiles) comes in a cute banana-shaped zip pouch.
  • Versatile-The game is adaptable to any skill level, and advanced and beginners can play together competitively. Since the only goal is to use all your tiles, you can spell simple or complex words and still have a shot at winning. This makes Bananagrams the perfect family game!

What People Are Saying

  • Fast, portable fun for anyone who can spell.
  • Addictive!
  • Excellent game to play alone or with others.
  • Fun, fast-moving game.

The Bottom Line

If you like Scrabble (or even if you don’t), then you will love Banagrams. This is a great game for individuals, couples, or the whole family. It’s also a fun way to introduce little ones to spelling!

The Settlers of Catan

The Settlers of CatanThe Settlers of Catan is an engaging strategy game that allows players to create settlements, cities, and roads using resources that they earn by rolling the dice or trading. Since game-play never stops, there are no boring lags as in many other strategy-type games. The rules are very basic, making the game easy to learn, but since the opportunities for strategizing are virtually endless, the game never becomes repetitive or too easy.

Features

  • Requires 3-4 players– You need three or four players to play the game, which makes it a great way to get the whole family involved!
  • Expansion kits– Expansion kits are available, so that you can add players and explore new realms of play, making the game even more versatile.
  • Smart-The concept of the game is simple, but winning requires a lot of strategizing and critical thinking. It’s a great way to teach negotiation and problem-solving skills to older children.

What People Are Saying

  • Fantastic family/strategy game
  • One of the greatest games ever
  • Yes. It’s as good as you’ve heard it is.
  • Excellent Game for the Entire Family!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a game that offers a new experience every time you play, then this is the game for you. Fun for older kids (ages 10 and up) and adults alike, The Settlers of Catan is an investment in interactive play that will return many hours of fun and quickly become a family favorite to enjoy for years to come.

Qwirkle

Qwirkle
2011 winner of the prestigious Spiel des Jahres award (apparently a really cool German award), Qwirkle Board Game will delight kids and their parents. Adults have even been known to play it without the kiddos, and that in itself is a testament to how much fun this game really is. Having been compared to Dominoes and Scrabble, the game puts an innovative new spin on classic board games and strikes the perfect balance between skill and luck.

Features

  • Simple But Challenging– Part of the appeal of this game is its simplicity. You’re not going to snap a synapse trying to figure out how to play it, and even younger children can learn the rules with relative ease. Once you get playing though, there’s quite a bit of challenge as you figure out what move to make and try to predict your opponent’s next move as well.
  • Durable-The colorful Qwirkle pieces are made of real wood, making them very durable and not easily broken.
  • Educational-Qwirkle offers kids the chance to have fun while using their reasoning and critical thinking skills. Even preschoolers can learn patterns by watching the game-play or even participating (with a little help from mom or dad). They’ll be having so much fun that they won’t realize that they’re learning too!

What People Are Saying

  • Fantastic, smart game
  • Like dominoes, but more challenging!
  • Qwirkle rocks!!!
  • Challenging game for all ages!
  • Addicting, fun, and gives your brain a workout!

 The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a fun, educational, and durable game to play with the whole family, then Qwirkle is the board game for you. Oh, and as an added perk, it’s also quite affordable!

Blokus Classics Games

BlokusBlokus has been called the most celebrated game of the century. Built around a very simple concept, the game is easy to learn but quickly becomes addictive and delightfully complex for kids and adults who enjoy strategic game-play.

Features

  • Mind-Bending-Whether you’re a child or an adult, this game is guaranteed to bend your mind—in a good way! In fact, Blokus received a Mensa award for fostering healthy brain activity, so you can feel good about having fun with your kiddos while you all get a great mental workout!
  • Versatile-There are so many different ways to play this game that the chances of ever getting bored with it are minimal. You can play it alone, with your family, and even backwards! Rules for all of these different variations are included with the instruction manual.

What People Are Saying

  • Great Fun and Educational Too!
  • Awesome…for the WHOLE family
  • Really great game for all ages
  • Our favorite game!
  • FUN and very different!

The Bottom Line

Blokus is the best choice if you’re seeking a board game that will quickly become a favorite for the whole family. Plus, it’s educational, so you really can’t go wrong!

Perplexus Maze Game

PerplexusPerplexus maze game is a three-dimensional maze housed inside a transparent ball. The player manipulates the sphere by flipping, twisting, and turning it in an attempt to complete the maze.

Features

  • Challenging-Like many popular games, the concept behind Perplexus is quite simple, but actually mastering in is—well, perplexing. That means it’s good for hours on ongoing play!
  • Quiet-Parents will love how quiet this game is. Not only does it not make any irritating noises as many other toys do, but it also keeps the player quiet too by engaging him in deep concentration.
  • Simple– Many people think the simple toys are the best ones, and this seems to be true of the Perplexus maze game. There’s no set-up required, no pieces to lose, and no batteries to install. It’s ready to play as soon as it comes out of the box and will provide hours of entertainment with absolutely no maintenance—perfect simplicity!

What People Are Saying

  • Truly perplexing
  • Addictive for adults!
  • Great game for inquisitive minds
  • Amazing engineering!

The Bottom Line

If you’re looking for a hassle-free, entertaining, and wholesome game for your kids (or yourself), then this is the one for you. It’s guaranteed to perplex players time after time!

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