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About Danielle Krebs

Dani Krebs is from York, PA and graduated from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English. She enjoys a balanced life of outdoor activities and Netflix marathons.

#ChooseFamily with Us on Black Friday

On Friday, we’re deciding to #ChooseFamily and shut down business for the day.

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Not us!
Ring ring…leave a message after the beep, because we’re not there either.

This Black Friday, we’re offering something no one else is – time!

On Friday, we’re deciding to #ChooseFamily and shut down business for the day. That’s right, our doors will be closed and no blocks or books will be shipping out.

We wanted to give our employees this opportunity to spend time with their families and we want to extend the same gift to you. #ChooseFamily this Friday with us. Put down the screens and shopping list and instead read a book together, go on a family stroll around the block, have a discussion over a card game. Whatever you do, do it together and do it with love.

Take a picture and post with the hashtag #ChooseFamily so we can see how you’re spending your day! (But be sure to put the phone right back down!)

Fun #ChooseFamily Ideas

50 Favorite Family Board Games

34 Favorite Books to Read Aloud as a Family

Fun Field Trip Ideas for Homeschool Families

50 Ways to Practice Lifelong Learning At Home

15 Favorite Podcasts

Fun Field Trip Ideas for Homeschool Families

Field trips can be effective learning experiences for homeschool families, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned.

Homeschoolers may be surprised to learn that field trips can be effective learning experiences for them as well, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned.

A great deal of learning tends to be book-based or technology-based, even if you include hands-on activities. Making different paper airplane models in order to test their flying capabilities is “hands-on.” A visit to an airshow or a flight on an airplane is “firsthand”. If you are studying volcanoes, making a model is probably safer and more practical (unless you live in Hawaii). However, firsthand experiences are often the ones that become powerful life-long memories, and field trips are an opportunity to make these kinds of memories.

4 Spontaneous Field Trip Ideas

Not all field trips require advance planning. Sometimes you need to take advantage of good weather or step away from a stressful learning situation. This is a good time to head to a local park or other favorite spot. Here are a few spontaneous field trip ideas:

1) Go Hiking

Explore hiking trails together. You can make it a learning experience by taking along an art or nature lesson.

2) Drive Back Roads

Grab your keys, a map, and pick a destination. Have your student practice map skills while on the drive by pointing out specific locations along the way.

3) Go Grocery Shopping

Going shopping? Make it a fieldtrip – practice math skills by learning how to plan and execute a budget.

4) Visit Your Local Library

Libraries aren’t just a place to read, although it is a nice, quiet place for a change of pace to sit down with a good book. Along with an abundance of books and digital resources, libraries also provide a wide range of community events like sign language classes, art activities, STEM clubs, and more.

Perhaps the single most important skill you can encourage on an impromptu field trip is that of firsthand observation. Challenge your children to be on the lookout for something they never noticed before.

In order to keep the unplanned trip enjoyable, you do need to remember a few things before you head out the door. These might include drinks, snacks, appropriate clothing, and sunscreen or bug spray. If you plan to draw or otherwise record what you see, be sure to bring the appropriate materials. Most importantly, do not forget your sense of adventure!

5 Planned Field Trip Ideas

Planned field trips often are intended to enrich a specific topic of study.

1) Local Historial Sites & Museums

These locations are great resources for history-related outings and some factories offer tours that can be informative as well as fun.

2) Learn at a Planetarium

Let your child explore beyond the clouds to learn about space and those who travel to it.

3) Visit a Zoo or Aquarium

Discover the vast life of species on land and/or sea at these locations, and learn your part in preserving the wildlife on our planet. This is a great way to reward children for their hard work. They’ll have so much fun, they won’t realize they’re reviewing the lesson.

4) Give Back at Community Service Centers

Community service allows students to connect with the community around them, and homeschooling gives an added benefit to allow the time to do so. Through the experience, your child will learn not only how to give back, but why it is important that we do.

5) See a Movie or Theater Performance

Now, this idea may seem too good to be true, but you can make this trip a learning opportunity. Have your child read a book or play then go watch it performed. You can compare the two medians after and discuss which you like better.

How to Enhance a Field Trip

There are several ways that you can enhance the educational value of a field trip.

• Before you leave home, discuss the trip and describe what you expect to see.
• If the destination is related to a current topic of study, make sure your children understand the connection. For example, spend some time talking about George Washington and the Continental Army before you visit Valley Forge.
• Find the destination on a map so that your child can see where it is in relation to other known places.
• After the trip, have your children describe what most impressed them, either verbally or in writing.
• Try to find children’s books that relate to something that piqued your child’s interest. For example, look for a book on motorcycles after visiting a factory or a biography of a favorite artist after a visit to a museum.

The goal is to make connections between as many learning activities as possible.

Does Your Family Travel?

Family road trips can also become learning opportunities. Again, take some time to look at a map together and point out the route that you will be taking. The Historical Marker Database website can help you learn more about the towns you visit, as it lists every historical marker in the United States. The site is searchable by category or location, features a “Marker of the Week,” and includes information about apps and other tools for planning field trips. Use this on a road trip to check for historical markers in the communities you visit. You may find the birthplaces of famous people or locations of important battles; if you happen to be in Coffee County, Alabama, you can even find a monument to an insect that influenced the history of the South! Both adults and children will find themselves wanting to learn more about the people and events celebrated by the markers.

Whether your field trip is an unplanned outing or a family trip lasting for several days, it can be enriched by encouraging curiosity, discussion, and connections to what your child already knows. Pick a destination, pack your bags, and begin the adventure!

Field trips can be effective learning experiences for homeschool families, whether they are spontaneous or formally planned.

50 Family Snack Recipes from Bloggers

These family snack recipes are sure to be a hit amongst your children, and can be a good opportunity to teach your child basic cooking skills.

These family snack recipes are sure to be a hit amongst your children. Bring the classroom to the kitchen and practice fractions, or form a positive experience with fruits, veggies, and some of that yummy, sugary stuff (in moderation, of course). Making these snacks with your child also gives you the opportunity for you to teach your child basic cooking skills, because teach your child to cook, and you feed them for a lifetime (a spin on a classic quote).

These delicious masterpieces can be prepared in minutes. Try one (or more!) of yummy and easy family snack recipes below. Let us know in the comments what you think, and if your family has any special snack recipes of their own!

Family Snack Recipes

The Go-To Classics

Chances are, you’ve either sampled these snacks in your youth, or you’ve seen them while Pinteresting. These snacks don’t need a recipe with instruction, but here are a few ideas nonetheless.

1) Celery and peanut butter – the go to classic. Just add raisin and make it a tasteful party.

2) Banana boat – peel your banana, cut in half, add peanut butter.

3) Baby carrots and humus (humus taste great with other veggies like broccoli and bell peppers, too!).

4) Clementines – all you have to do it peel!

5) Fruit kabobs – stack bananas, strawberries, and any other berries you can think of.

6) Toast dipped in hot chocolate – great for snowy days where you want that extra toasty comfort.

7) Fruits – an apple or cut up cantaloupe may not seem as fun, but they’re easy and yummy.

8) Veggies – again, no extravagant preparation for these snacks.

If your kids insist they don’t like fruits or veggies, try presenting them in a fun way like creating faces with cherry tomatoes as eyes, a bell pepper for a mouth, and broccoli for hair!

The Recipes

For when you’re looking for a little more than the usual.

9) Granola Bars.

10) “Going Fishing” snack mix.

11) Reese’s Fudge – enough said.

12) Sunshine Balls. Great to make on those rainy days you need a little sunshine.

13) Homemade apple sauce.

14) Fun popcorn recipes – perfect for family movie night!

15) Applewiches and more!

16) Healthy homemade smoothies. – smoothies are great because you can throw in those fruits in veggies your child insist they won’t eat, and they won’t even know it. Don’t like spinach? I’ll cover it up with these strawberries. Is it deceitful, or ingenious? I’ll let you decide.

17) Kale chips.

18) Pumpkin Cookies.

19) Oatmeal Blueberry Flax Muffins.

20) Chocolate ice-cream – this no guilt ice-cream is dairy and sugar free!

21) Veggie Cheese People – because why not!

22) Marshmallow and cereal Rainbows and Noah’s Ark.

23) Pretzel scroll snacks.

24) Pretzel snowflakes.

25) God’s Promised Land. (Chocolate pudding)

26) Teddy Bear toast – it’s beary good!

27) Snack necklace – Satisfy your tummy while looking stylish.

28) Duck snack – these are too cute not to share!

29) Fruit and cracker pizza.

30) Healthy homemade fruit snacks.

31) Cereal snacks.

32) Peanut butter cup puppy chow – anything with peanut butter in the name is a win for me!

33) Fruity Pebble cookies.

34) Apple donuts – admit it, this has to be the yummiest way to eat apples.

35) Back yard bug snacks – snacks you can bug out about.

36) Frozen blueberry bites – we promise, no matter how many you eat, you won’t turn violet.

37) Healthy silly art snacks (on flatbread).

38) Peanut butter fruit dip – who knew these three ingredients would be so delicious.

39) Frozen banana snack.

40) Frozen banana bites – they’ll make you go nanners!

41) Yogurt bark.

42) No bake cereal bars.

43) Fruity Pebbles Parfait.

44) Wafer cookie pencils.

45) Pickle roll-ups – are you in a pickle, or are you just hungry?

46) Chunky monkey bites.

47) Smore snack mix – you’ll want smore of these!

48) Underwater jello treats.

49) Turtle and friends snack.

50) Cheese monsters – These are so cute; I want fifty!

Do you have any go-to snack recipes that you’d like to share? Link them in the comments!

These family snack recipes are sure to be a hit amongst your children, and can be a good opportunity to teach your child basic cooking skills.

Parents Know Best | Choices in Education Conference



Join us January 26th, for our Parents Know Best | Choices in Education Conference.

The PKB Conference is hosted by Building Faith Families and provided FREE of charge with the help of our generous sponsors. At Demme Learning, we trust parents. We believe parents are the best decision makers when it comes to their child’s education; that’s why we decided to sponsor Building Faith Families in their Parents Know Best movement. Together, our goal for the PKB Conference is to provide parents with information on a variety of education options in efforts to find the best fit for their family. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Mark your calendars and tell your friends, especially the families who have been considering a change in their child’s education.

Registration is through iTickets. Admission tickets are free, but meal options from Chick-fil-A are available for purchase along with your tickets. Meal tickets must be purchased at the time of your ticket order and before Monday, January 21st. If you need to add additional meals to your ticket order, please call the box office at The Junction Center: (717) 459-3701.

To register, view our speakers, or to find more information on our conference, visit our website today.

We hope to see you there!



*If you’re interested in representing your business in our conference (for FREE) email dkrebs@demmelearning.com for more information. Sponsorship opportunities are available.*

34 Favorite Books to Read Aloud as a Family [Curated]

Cultivate a love of reading as a family with these favorite books to read aloud.

Do you want to raise lifelong learners? Do you want to continue to be one yourself? Reading aloud as a family is an effective way to do both.

We know reading aloud to children improves their cognitive development, vocabulary, comprehension, and increases concentration. Let’s not forget, reading aloud can also develop a love for reading which is a vital element in lifelong learners. But did you know the advantages of reading aloud as a family impacts more than just your children? Reading aloud as a family can benefit you as a parent, and your family as a whole.

As a parent, reading aloud as a family adds value to your relationship. It gives your family something to discuss at the dinner table or on the car ride to the grocery store. This type of family discourse allows you to dive into the novel together: you can relate parts of the story or themes to life in ways your children may not be able to, and vice versa. It’s amazing to see what goes on in young minds, and this can be the perfect opportunity to do so.

We’ve compiled a list from homeschool parents like you of favorite books to read aloud as a family. There’s something for your toddlers to your tweens.

So travel to Narnia, or get some advice from Dumbledore at Hogwarts. Learn how a spider’s love saved a pig named Wilbur. Really, the possibilities are endless.

Go, explore, discover together.

Title Author Minimum Age
The Chronicles of Narnia (Series) C.S. Lewis 8
Little House (Series) Laura Ingalls Wilder 8
Winnie the Pooh (Series) A.A. Milne 5
Charlotte’s Web E.B. White 7
The Lord of the Rings (Series) J.R.R. Tolkien 12
The Green Ember S.D. Smith
Magic Tree House (Series) Barbara Schultz 6
Harry Potter (Series) J.K. Rowling 8
Wingfeather (Series) Andrew Peterson
Little Britches (Series) Ralph Moody
American Girl (Series) Various 8
Lamp Lighter (Series) Various
Hank the Cow Dog (Series) John R. Erickson 7
Trumpet of the Swan E.B. White
Swiss Family Robinson Johann D. Wyss
The Boxcar Children (Series) Gertrude Chandler Warner 7
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway 12
A Little Princess Frances Hodgson Burnett 9
The Indian in the Cupboard (Series) Lynne Reid Banks
Judy Moody (Series) Megan McDonald 6
Around the World in 80 Days Jules Verne
On the Wings of Heroes Richard Peck 9
Mr. Potter Jamaica Kincaid
Henry and Mudge (Series) Cynthia Rylant 5
Pony Scouts (Series) Catherine Hapka
Betsy-Tacy (Series) Maud Hart Lovelace 7
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle
Redwall (Series) Brian Jacques 10
Peter and the Starcatcher Dave Berru 9
Wilderking (Series) Jonathan Rogers
The Tale of Peter Rabbit Beatrix Potter 3
The Three Investigators (Series) Robert Arthur, Jr.
Time Quintet (Series) Madeleine L’Engle
The Sugar Creek Gang (Series) Paul Hutchens

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Cultivate a love of reading as a family with these favorite books to read aloud.

16 Tips for New Math-U-See Users

We’ve gathered 16 tips for new Math-U-See users like you. The best part – the tips are coming from actual parents using the curriculum.

Welcome to the Math-U-See community!

Here at Math-U-See, we trust parents. Every child is different; we recognize that. That’s one of the reasons our curriculum gives parents the tools they need to teach their child successfully. We know no one knows your child like you. Although we give you the tools to succeed, there is a method to our curriculum. We’ve gathered 16 tips for new Math-U-See users like you. The best part – the tips are coming from actual parents using the curriculum.

If you’ve ever wondered: Do I really need the blocks? or Can I switch to Math-U-See this late in the year?, then keep reading – this blog post was written for you.

16 Tips for New Math-U-See Users

1) Prepare for Math

Your preparation matters! Read the teacher’s manual. Watch the DVD lesson. Then work with your child. Also, use the blocks, use the blocks, use the blocks. Or in the older levels, use the fraction overlays, or the algebra inserts.

2) Follow the Instructions

Really follow all of the instructions, and don’t let them take the test until they really understand the concept and do well on the practice pages. Let them watch the DVD and also read the new concept in the teachers manual for review and reinforcement.

3) Buy the Blocks

Buy the blocks. I know a few people who think they’ll save money by just not using them…but the program does not work without owning the blocks.

4) Introduce Math in Advance With the Blocks

Give your kids the blocks long before you plan to start using them. Let them have some time to play with them. They will play with them for HOURS when you’d rather they did the math problems otherwise.

5) Watch the Intro Videos

Watch the intro video on every DVD. Yes there is some material repeated and yes it’s longer than the normal lesson videos. Don’t skip it. There are golden nuggets of wisdom and reminders you need in each one.

6) Read the Instruction Manual

Even if you use the videos, still read the teacher manual before each lesson. There is a lot of information you might miss as out on if not.

7) Don’t Skip the Word Problems

Don’t skip the word problems! In fact, do those first! Real life problems reinforce real life skills!

8) Repeat As Needed

Repeat videos of concepts (like long division) SEVERAL TIMES if they are struggling, or if they need review. Let them know that it’s OK to go back and review; even adults need that help.

9) Remember That Primer Isn’t Focused on Mastery

If you do Primer, don’t worry about them understanding the material. Just help them through the worksheets and move on. I know the manual says this, but it needs said again and again for hard-headed parents like myself. 🙂

10) Don’t Move On Until Your Child Really Gets It

Don’t move on until your child really gets it. Even if you run out of pages. Don’t stay on a chapter that your child already gets even if you still have empty pages to fill in.

11) Let Your Child Play with the Blocks

Let ‘em play with the blocks. They’ll want to build things, and it’ll feel like they shouldn’t…but really, it’s ok. They are blocks after all. 😄

12) Don’t Worry About Joining Late

If you are coming into this program late in the stage – don’t worry. This is the best program I have found, and it worked well with my special needs child. Utilize everything available – the blocks, the teachers book, the DVD, and even the test books. Watch the videos with your child. You may learn something in there that you can build upon with your child, never get rid of the text books, blocks, or DVD- sometimes my special needs child would need to look back on something we did previously. The online drills were great as well!

13) Check Off Skipped Worksheets

If you’re a list checker (like me) and it makes you uncomfortable to skip worksheets, go ahead and literally check off those pages. ✔️

14) Use the Online Math Tools

The online worksheet generator and drills are great! My kids love to play with the blocks! We built our own Decimal Street on Cardboard. Very sturdy. 😀

15) It’s OK to Take a Math Break

Do not force your child to learn. If they are getting frustrated take a break – or go to a review page. There were times we would take weeks off (mostly because another baby was being born here) and when we came back they could easily learn it. Remember: Boys can sometimes be behind girls in what age they want to learn something. The number one problem I have heard about public school is that the kids hate school because they are pushed to learn something by a deadline. They cannot learn as they are ready. This causes children to hate the subject.

16) Don’t Stop.

Don’t stop.

We’ve gathered 16 tips for new Math-U-See users like you. The best part – the tips are coming from actual parents using the curriculum.

34 Favorite (Home)School Supplies [Curated]

It may be too early to reflect on your child’s progress or curriculum; however, we can talk about something a little more fun...school supplies!

It’s that time in the year when your homeschooling life seems a little more at ease and you can finally catch a breath. It may be too early to reflect on your child’s progress or curriculum; however, we can talk about something a little more fun…school supplies!

Okay, I admit it; one of the most enjoyable parts to adulthood is shopping, and for homeschool parents, this include shopping for homeschool needs. Shopping for homeschool supplies gets us excited and focused for planning the school year.

While not all school supplies are necessary, most do provide benefits that, after time, seem crucial to your homeschool day to day. These benefits can range from helping you stay organized to creating a positive learning environment and nurturing a love of learning for your children.

Not only can your children reap these benefits with homeschool supplies, but let’s take this one step further – we do homeschool after all. As your children get older, you can include them in this process. Teach them about planning, creating a budget, and execute homeschool supply shopping together. It may even give your child a deeper appreciation for all the hard work and energy that goes into their homeschooling every year.

But, what are the most popular homeschool supplies out there?

We asked homeschool parents like you for their favorite homeschool supplies, and we were flooded with responses. A few of these items may already be used in your daily life, but we’re hoping something else may catch your eye.

Not seeing your must have homeschool supply in the list? Tell us about it in the comment section below.

Stock Card Paper
Dry-erase Boards
Ticonderoga wood pencils
Pencil Sharpeners
Sharpie Markers
Art Materials
PrismaColor Pencils
Spiral Notebooks
Pocket Folders
Storage Baskets
Paper Cutter
3-Hole Puncher
Glue Sticks
Monthly Planner
Magnetic Dry-erase Board
Pencil Grips
Gel Pens
Legal Pads
Graph Paper
Watercolor Paint
Rubber Bands
Construction Paper
Erasable Pens
It may be too early to reflect on your child’s progress or curriculum; however, we can talk about something a little more fun...school supplies!

5 Reasons to Homeschool with Pets

Other than their obvious cute factor, pets can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime.

Other than their obvious cute factor, animals can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime. Here are five reasons to consider pets in your homeschool.

5 Reasons to Homeschool with Pets

1) Teaches Responsibility

Your child will take on the role of caregiver. A child as young as three can start with simple tasks like filling up a water dish, and as they get older, their responsibly can increase to daily dog walks for the older children. While doing this, they will learn empathy and compassion. Your child will understand they need to feed their pet every day and not just the days they feel like it; because, pets need to grow just like them, and feel hunger just as they do.

2) Positive Influence on Mental Health

Along with these traits, your child’s mental health will have positive effects. According to Pets in the Classroom, roughly 40% of children who feel sad turn to their pets for comfort and emotional support. Other studies dating back to the 80’s have shown that just petting an animal can reduce stress and anxiety. Furthermore, developing a connection with the animal you are petting has proven to reduce stress, anxiety, and blood pressure even more. I can speak from experience that after a long day, a hug from my cat (okay, a hug from me to my cat) feels a lot like a deep breath. I’m sure you’ve felt the ease before, too.

3) Aids in Developing Social Skills

Pets also help children develop social skills simply by being an outlet for them. When I was younger, I used to have anxiety speaking in front of other people. I began practicing speeches aloud to my cat and eventually overcame my anxiety. It sounds a little funny writing that sentence now, but it really did help me. Take it one-step further, and add a book. When children read aloud with to their pets, they are increasing their vocabulary and overall comprehension.

4) Other Benefits to the Classroom

Pets encourage children to think for themselves, which sparks interests an array of subject areas. Can turtles hear? (Science); How much does a cat weigh? (Math); Where do parrots originate from? (Geography).

5) Because We Can!

And, let’s be honest…we should include pets in homeschooling simply because WE CAN! Who can say they brought their dog to math class today? Homeschoolers can. Who can write their dictations to the sound of purrs on their lap? That’s right, homeschoolers can!

Other than their obvious cute factor, pets can provide a variety of added benefits for your homeschool family that are sure to last a lifetime.

3 Ways to Store Your Math-U-See Blocks

We wanted to share with you a list of storage options for the Math-U-See blocks that we have seen parents using over the years.

When you hear people talking about Math-U-See, no doubt the first thing you think of are the colorful math blocks. Well, maybe it’s that funny Steve guy in the videos, but the blocks are definitely the second thing you think about. 🙂

The manipulative blocks are designed to express mathematical concepts in a tangible and visual manner. Some of these mathematical concepts include numbers and counting, operations, factions, decimals, and more. The Integer Blocks are shipped as a kit, which come in a nifty cardboard box.

This is the only Block Kit you’ll ever need, no matter what levels of Math-U-See your students are in.

But, since your student will use the blocks from Primer to Algebra 1, it isn’t uncommon to need a different storage system to get you through the years.

If you’ve been with Math-U-See long enough, you know that we used to sell a wooden block box. Unfortunately, we no longer produce this item. We get a lot of requests to bring this back, but we have to admit, with the increased cost of production for the wooden box, and the fact that we added more blocks to our Integer Block Kits, the likelihood that we will be bringing the wooden block box back is highly slim.

But, we did want to give you a list of other storage options we have seen Math-U-See parents use.

Math-U-See Block Storage Options

1) Tackle Box

This is the most popular among homeschool parents and it’s easy to see why. Not only can you can separate your blocks into different compartments, the well-designed handle allows you to transport your blocks for learning adventures.

It’s just a simple 3 tier tackle box from my local K-mart, the labels were ones I cut & put there from normal label sticker paper. 🙂 – Kendra for The Curriculum Choice

This is how one homeschooling family stores their Math-U-See blocks.

2) Stack & Carry Container

Maybe you’re looking for something different, like this trendy, tiered stack & carry container.

Again, you are able to divide your blocks into separate sections and have a handle for easy transportation. The ability to stack each container is ideal for storage.

“I use a wide, shallow 25-qt Sterilite container with a latching lid. Kids can dig around and find the block they want quickly, but we can also put them away quickly because we don’t have to sort them into correct cubbies.” – Mystie from Simply Convivial

This is how one homeschooling family stores their Math-U-See blocks.

3) Bins

Bins are another great and inexpensive idea for block storage. You may already have bins around the house you can use, or you can scoop these items up the next time you go to Target – because, let’s be honest, who doesn’t need an excuse to make a Target trip.

The main different among the bins are the shape and design. All bins are easy to carry around the house. The fashionable design allows you to store your blocks in a shelving unit, or lay on a student work desk.

I hope you found these examples useful. If you and your homeschool family store your blocks another way, let us know in the comments below.

50 Favorite Family Board Games [List]

Family board games are a perfect and inexpensive way to connect with your family; they are also a great learning tool for your children.

Family board games are a perfect and inexpensive way to connect with your family; they are also a great learning tool for your children.

While your child plays, they are also developing social and cognitive skills. Let’s not forget that board games are also a great distraction to occupy your children while you get some cleaning done or even, fingers crossed, a moment to relax.

We asked a group of parents like you for their favorite board games to play at home. We gathered the list below. You’re bound to see old favorites and even games you haven’t heard of before. The next time you’re stuck inside on a rainy day, or looking for your next family night activity, try out one or more of these board games.

Favorite Family Board Games

Name Players Age Description
Candy Land 2-4 3 Candy Land is a racing game perfect for children of all ages. There is no strategy involved; you are only required to follow simple directions.
Chutes and Ladders 2-6 3 Spin the spinner to see how far you’ll go. If you land at the bottom of the ladder, you get to slide right to the top!
Memory 2-6 3 You’ve probably played a version of Memory before. The concept is simple: Players take turns flipping over tiles to find a match.
Trouble 2-4 4 In this board game, you’ll race your friends to see which player gets all four of their pieces around the board first.
Go Fish 2-6 4 In this card game, players take turns asking each other if they have a card that matches one of the cards in your hand.
Animal Upon Animal 2-4 4 Race each other to be the first player to all of their animals on the pile. it’s great for hand-eye-coordination and fine motor skills.
Blokus 2-4 5 This abstract strategy game is Tetris for four players. You lay all your pieces corner to corner, on the board while trying to block their opponents.
Dominoes 2-10 5 You can play many different games with dominoes; the possibilities are endless!
Parcheesi 2-6 5 Begin the game by rolling the die to see who goes first. Each player starts with 4 pawns, and the player to see all 4 pawns in the center first wins!
Kerplunk 2-4 5 Get as many sticks as possible with releasing as few marbles as possible.
Sorry! 2-4 6 The object of this fun and competitive game is to get your four pieces “Home” first by drawing cards and moving your pieces.
UNO 2-10 6 Each player has cards they try to discard; some of them make others draw more or skip them. The person with no cards left wins!
Chess 2 6 This game is between two players each containing 16 pieces on a 64-square board. The idea of the game is to checkmate the other king.
Aggravation 2-6 6 Each player receives four marbles to move from “Start” to “Home.” The dice tells each player how many places to move.
Qwirkle 2-4 6 Grab a paper and pencil to keep score in this fun tile game.
Guess Who 2 6 The first player to guess the other player’s character wins the game. You want to ask your opponent questions to narrow down your guesses.
Yahtzee 2-10 6 Get as many points as you can by rolling combinations of 5 dice up to 3 times. Each combination adds up differently.
The Allowance Game 2-4 6 This is not just a game, but a learning experience. Practice the importance of making money, learning how to use it, and how to make change.
Sequence 2-12 7 Divide into teams and give all players chips and cards. Take turns placing the chips on the board until your team has completed the sequences needed.
Tenzi 2-4 7 Begin the game by all players rolling all 10 of their dice at the same time. Each player chooses their match number based on the dice rolled.
Pit 3-8 7 Pit takes a dive into the finer economics of the stock exchange where you collect matching commodity cards.
Get Bit 3-6 7 Player face one card down, then reveal the numbers. This determines the order of swimmers (higher numbers in front).
Ticket to Ride 2-5 8 Ticket to Ride is a fun, competitive game where players make train routes connecting destinations and cutting off other players.
Monopoly 2-8 8 In Monopoly (several versions) you move your token around a board collecting property and collecting rent from other players.
Pandemic 2-4 8 In this cooperative game, you’re a disease-fighting specialist with a mission to treat disease hotspots all over the world. You have to work together!
Clue 3-6 8 Players most travel through the mansion, and, through logical reasoning, solve a murder that occured at the mansion.
The Game of Life 2-6 8 Start a career, have a family, pay taxes, and more. The objective of the game is to collect money and LIFE Tiles.
Sushi Go! 2-5 8 This is a great game for sushi lovers, and still a fun game for those who loathe it. You have to quickly grab the best sushi combinations as they go by.
Battleship 2 8 This classic board game is known all over the world for its strategy and logical thinking. The purpose of the game is to sink your opponent’s ships.
Qwixx 2-5 8 This game has a good bit of counting, which makes it great for practicing math concepts.
Stratego 2 8 Battleship meets Chess in this game of deception, tactic, and some luck. Seize the flag to win!
Boggle 1-8 8 The concept of the game is to find as many words you can in sequences of adjacent letters. The player with the most points wins the game.
Dutch Blitz 2-4 8 This game may look old fashioned, but it is a very fun and fast-paced game.
Roll For It! 2-4 8 Three simple rules to remember in this game: roll, match, and score. Match your die with the die on your card to claim the card. Player with the most points wins the game!
Pass the Pigs 2-10 8 With its small size, this is the perfect game for traveling. You’ll use pigs as dice. Points vary on different spots on the pig.
Guesstures 4-99 8 A great game to play with a big group! Each player received 4 cards, each card has a easy and difficult word to communicate to their team.
Carcassone 2-5 8 This is a tile game with the objective to earn the most points by completing features like cities and roads.
Settlers of Catan 3-4 10 The concept of this game is to build settlements, cities, and roads in order to dominate the island. Resources can be harvested and traded.
Risk 2-6 10 Conquer the world by battling your opponents in an effort to gain controlling over each territory on the board.
Scrabble 2-4 10 Score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto the board in a crossword fashion.
7 Wonders 2-7 10 This card game makes you the leader of one of the 7 greatest cities in the Ancient World. You’ll need resources, routes, and military.
Splendor 2-4 10 You’re a merchant of the Renaissance with a goal to buy gem mines, transportation, and shops in order to gain the most points.
Forbidden Island 2-4 10 Players must work together to win the game. You must collect treasures and items all while trying keep the island from sinking.
Apples to Apples 4-10 12 The object of the game is to get the player/judge to pick your card as their favorite as it applies to the category card, as silly or outrageous as it is.
Caverna 1-7 12 Caverna is a game where players become dwarves and compete to collect the goods they need to feed their families and go on expeditions.
Catch Phrase! 4-16 12 Divide up into two teams; you will give your teammates clues to guess the word or phrase on your card.
Trivial Pursuit 2-24 12 In this game, you will answer questions about general knowledge and pop culture questions.
Puerto Rico 2-5 12 Each player is granted the role of colonial governors. The point of the game is to collect victory points by shipping goods or contracting buildings.
Terra Mystica 2-5 12 You don’t need luck on your side for this game, but you will need strategy. You’ll be governing 14 groups while attempting to grow your homeland.
Dominion 2-4 13 Players take the role of monarchs and compete against each other to build the most developed kingdom represented by their individual deck of cards.