Tuesday 27 November 2018

Top Kids Games for Christmas

I think Christmas is one of the best times to play games with the family. For us its a family tradition that after Christmas dinner the board games come out and we all challenge each other while having a few drinks and a good giggle. But playing games at Christmas doesn't just have to be for the adults. There are so many amazing games for kids out there and I expect that most of us big kids will enjoy playing the games with them too. 

They make the perfect gift to give a child at Christmas, we always end up around relatives house and so a child having a new board game to play is a really handy thing to have to keep them entertained while things like the Christmas dinner is being made. 

So here is my Top Games for Christmas list compiled of lots of new games released this year. I hope that you find some nice ideas for games your children may enjoy. 

1. What a Performance - RRP £16.50 - *Buy Me Here* 
Age 5+, 2+ Players 
Be a star in this all - action game of family fun. Roar like a tiger, Pretend to eat spaghetti, Pull your funniest face. This family favourite has been given a fresh redesign and new improved gameplay. With over 300 fun challenges to perform it is sure to create smiles and laughter when played at Christmas. It’s the perfect game to get the family together to play. Race your way around the performance board to be the first player or team to reach the finish

2. Igloo Mania - RRP £19.99 - *Buy Me Here*
Age 5+, 2-4 Players
Igloo Mania is a must have game this Christmas!
Can you keep cool with a steady hand? This is a really fun addictive game to take your kids away from there computer's and get them sat down playing a game. The tension runs high as you try to stop Parka Pete from falling to his feet - straight through the igloo! 
You play the game with cute ice picks to pull out the ice blocks, all with out Parka Pete knowing.  Don't be the person who lets him fall. If you do you lose and Parka Pete will have to start his igloo all over again.

3. Paddington Spot the Difference - RRP £7.99 - *Buy Me Here*
Age 8+, 1+ Players 
Follow the adventures of Paddington by playing this spot the difference game. View two seemingly identical images, but just like his adventures all is not what it seems! Test your skills and see how many of the 5 or 10 differences you can find! It`s a race against your opponent, be the first to shout stop and win the round. The quickest eyes will win the game! Including scenes from the movie and over 80 tasks this game is sure to keep you glued to your seat as if you had spilt marmalade.

4. Dino Dump - RRP £9.99 - *Buy Me Here*
A speedy card game about dinosaurs and poo! What more could you want? 
Dino Dump is a super-fun game for kids, based on the classic adult card game, S**thead.
The name has been made more child friendly and there have been some cheeky dinosaurs added. It is now much easier to learn – plus, there's a bunch of scratch-n-sniff dino-poo forfeit stickers included, just to make things interesting. There is so much fun to be had with this game and it is a must have for Christmas. 

5. Baffled - RRP £19.86 - *Buy Me Here*
Age 8+, 2-4 Players 
Do you have the memory of an Elephant. Put it to the test in this fun family game. In just 60 seconds you must memorise the position of the twelve symbol tiles… BUT prepare to be Baffled as the symbols constantly swap and change positions around the board during game play!
Baffled is cleverly designed so that children and adults have an equal chance of winning. Fun for all the family, who can survive on the Baffled board the longest… will it be YOU?

6. Whats in the Box? - RRP £12.99 - *Buy Me Here*
It’s the game of 21 questions - but with physical objects. Hunt around the house, secretly hide something in the wooden box then get all the other players to try and guess what you’ve hidden. This game is sure to provide lots of laughter and giggles as players guess the objects wrong. For added fun there is a pack of picture cards included so that you can hide the unhideable; the Statue of Liberty or a cruise ship for example! Fun for all the family!

7. Journey into Space - RRP £13.39 - *Buy Me Here* 
Age 4+, 2-6 Players
In this simple but addictive game, roll the dice, and check the number and colour on your Astro board. The aim of the game is to try to mark each spaceship’s trail with planet tokens and be the one who shouts “Blast off” first. This modern classic keeps the players on their toes right to the end and buckles you in for an action packed adventure. With an adventure book inside, it really brings this game to life.

8. Ocean Explorers - RRP £12.99 - * Buy Me Here*
Age 4+, 2-6 Players
Roll the big wooden dice and turn over one of the puzzle pieces on the table. Try to find the right pieces for your marine puzzle, while keeping an eye on what the other players find. Focusing on matching and memory It’s an easy-to-learn game for the youngest players! The aim of the game is to be the first to complete your puzzle making it a perfect combination of luck and memory to keep you hooked over Christmas. Use the Adventure book provided along side the game to dive deep into your imagination and become an ocean explorer.

9. Dosa - RRP £19.99 - *Buy Me Here* 
Age 9+, 1+ Player
DOSA is a fun really competitive game that can be played alone or with friends and family. 
You can spin, toss or chuck the Dosa and try to land it slap bang in the middle of the target!  
It's time to settle the family rivals around Xmas on who is the best at board games!

10. Jungle Runners - RRP £17.99 - *Buy Me Here* 
Age 5+, 2-4 Players 
With just a roll of the three dice you choose which character to move. You must get all three across the finish line before your rivals to claim the victory in this fun game! It’s a fast-paced game for children which is sure to keep them excited and focused on the game. Unlike most board games this game does not lay flat on your table and instead pops up into a 3D layout with a great play-in-the-box game concept!

11. Lets Play Choco - RRP £9.99 - *Buy Me Here*
Age 3+, 2-4 Players
With a simple shake the dice the hunt begins to find a cherry or a peanut! Remember to keep an eye on what the other players find, too, because it might help you find what you’re looking for. The player with the most peanuts and cherries at the end of the game wins! The game is a chocolaty twist on a classic memory game and the kids will enjoy stacking up their pile of chocolate. With its compact size it makes the perfect travel game to take round to play at relatives during the Christmas period.  

12. BINGO - RRP £19.99 - *Buy Me Here*
Age 6+, 2+ Players 
Who can resist the classic game of Bingo?
With this high quality made game with a steel cage it's the perfect addition to a games night. Kids will love turning the handle and watching all the balls go round. Be the first to get all of your numbers and shout out BINGO! It is the perfect get together family game for Christmas. 

Which of these games do you like the sound of the best?
Will you be buying any of these for Christmas? 


  1. We are definitely a bingo family!

  2. Great selection of games here, Paddington looks fun!

  3. we love a good board game in this house!!

  4. Not sure yet. Board games can be good fun, variety being the spice of life. We are in need of some board games for community / common / hobbies room. Someone having been allocated to shop on behalf of the group / community. Suggestions may be welcome. Hoping to be inclusive in regards to choices / options, etc.

    Thanks for the information.

    Rachel Craig

  5. What a great selection of games! Games are a must for our family at Christmas. I quite fancy the Dosa game and the Dino Dump! My nephew would like that as he's a big dinosaur fan!

  6. Lots of great games

  7. Fab game ideas here, cheers

  8. Hmmm - not seeing anything here I'd get for my kids. Got some HABA & Kosmos games in the cupboard to add to their collection & also quite tempted by Barenpark & IceCool2

  9. Journey into space sounds fab - I'd live them all

  10. We went shopping to Smyth's for some board games :- Following seeing a tv advert stating 30% off. Got a few games, so will hopefully try them out with others in community / common / hobbies room.

    Rachel Craig

  11. Ocean Explorers sounds good.

    Rachel Craig

  12. Bingo! Popular with all ages.

    Rachel Craig

  13. We recently got Game of Life. It has changed a lot from the version I had when in childhood. I can recall the original version had the option of player / players going to Millionaire Mansion or Retirement Home.

    Rachel Craig

  14. Ready to Robot looks great fun for my grandsons to play with!

  15. Have opened the box, and tried out the game. So much to remember, action packed.

    Rachel Craig