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May 02, 2017

Kacey Templin

6 Cooperative Games for Family Game Night

Topics: Creativity, Learning Through Play

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Cooperative games are games where you work as a team to beat the game itself. This means there are no winners and losers, which is great for kids who are not competitive, or maybe a little too competitive. Get ready for tons of teamwork as we check out 6 of the top cooperative board games for families!

Games for Families with Younger Children

Feed the Woozle

For ages 3-6, Feed the Woozle teaches fine motor skills, taking turns, and of course, working cooperatively. The woozle is hungry, and it’s up to you and your fellow players to feed him snacks from your spoon. Players take turns rolling the dice to see how many snacks they’ll put on their spoon. Then, the player must walk over to the woozle and put the snack in his mouth. The game has three increasingly difficult levels, all designed to build skills and provide lots of entertainment!

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Hoot Owl Hoot

Another great game by Peaceable Kingdom, Hoot Owl Hoot is easy enough for first time board game players to enjoy, and teaches basic strategy skills. Players must help the owls get back to their nest before the sun comes up. Children play a color card, then go to that spot on the board. If they draw a sun card, they’re one step closer to daylight!

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Dinosaur Escape Game

If this game was available 20 years ago, it would absolutely be on my shelf! Designed for ages 2-4, Dinosaur Escape is another strategy game that requires players to use their memory. Three dinosaurs are lost in the ferns and a volcano is about to erupt. It’s up to all of the players to get the dinos to safety before the volcano blows!

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Games for Families with Older Children

Pandemic

A deadly virus is spreading around the globe, and it’s up to your team to save humanity. Players take different roles and travel the globe to treat diseases. This game is easy to learn and the difficulty level can be adjusted for extra challenge. Pandemic is best played by 2-4 players ages 8 and up.

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The Oregon Trail

It’s everyone’s favorite computer game now in table top form! For those who have never played this game, you and your pioneer family are on a mission to move from Independence, Missouri to Oregon’s Willamette Valley. You must ford rivers, caulk wagons, and hunt buffalo along the way, without losing any of your party to various illnesses and diseases. The game is in card form and can be played with 2-6 players. Gameplay is simple, but winning is not so easy!

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Hanabi

This award-winning card game involves putting on the best possible firework show for your audience! Each player is dealt 5 cards that they cannot look at. Instead, they must hold up the cards so that the other players can see them. Then, players must use deductive reasoning to collectively play their cards in increasing order and by color. The game is played with 2-5 participants, ages 8 and up.  

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