Over the past year, we’ve played board games to keep ourselves busy and make connections with the people around us. As summer approaches, you can do the same and safely gather to play some of these games with friends and family.
This color matching game is designed to teach matching, sorting, counting, and simple math skills. It also helps with hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, and pre-handwriting skills, making it great for occupational therapists and a good game for SLPs. 2-4 players
This fast and frantic word game doesn’t require anything other than these tiles—and a quick wit. All the players race to create a word grid with the tiles they’re dealt, and whoever completes their grid first is crowned “Top Banana.” 2-6 players
Two players in this game are named rival spymasters, and they know the secret identities of 25 agents. All other players only know the codenames, and are given one-word clues to try to determine who’s who. 2-8 players
In this cross-country railroad adventure, players collect and play matching train cards to claim railway routes across North America. Longer routes earn more points, and you can earn extra points by connecting two distant cities. 2-5 players
In this drawing game, players roll the dice at the beginning of each round to decide who everyone else will draw. Some prompts include drawing celebrities, characters, and even other players as a vegetable. 2-10 players
This game is a combination of town-building and storytelling. Players compete to build towns above and below ground, and recruit villages with unique skills to perform certain activities like exploring carves, harvesting crops, and constructing houses. 2-4 players
This card game is all about forming more meaningful connections. There are three levels of questions, plus wildcards, that let you open up to the people you’re playing with and form deeper, more personal connections with them. 2-6 players
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