Every so often I can talk my husband into playing a word game for family game night! Now that our oldest is an advanced reading, we can let him join in on the competitive spelling fun!
We’ve enjoyed the following family oriented games–and the vintage Hangman game really got our son interested in spelling a year or two ago. Although they are still great for family game night, kids will need to be able to read to play them so keep that in mind. I have used affiliate links below which means I would get a small kick-back with your purchase to help keep this site up and running. While I shop locally whenever possible, Amazon wishlists are a great way to carry around what I am looking for.
Family Game Night Word Board Games
Password 1962 Volume 2 Edition— This is certainly a vintage board game, but it’s still fun! We like to bring the cards along in the car during our Indiana town travels. It’s family game night in the day! One person provides the clues while the rest of the family can guess the answer! Even the preschooler can join in.
VINTAGE GAME — Boggle — Parker Brothers Hidden Word Game — 1976— Can you find the words created by the letters in this plastic grid word game? Shake the dice, settle the letters, then set the timer as everyone scrambles to record their words. Three minutes later, players compare notes. Any matching words don’t count! It’s a fast playing game that’s quick to set up and easy to get into.
ORIGINAL VINTAGE 1976 “HANGMAN” CLASSIC ANTIQUE BOARD GAME-COLLECTIBLE TOY— Sure, you can grab a pencil and paper, but this vintage version of Hangman makes it really fun for kids! Why, I don’t know, but I do remember playing it when I was a kid and was very happy to find it again at an Indiana antique shop! Kid #1 thinks it’s pretty neat! Set up your letter tiles, create your word, and turn the knob at every wrong guess.
Vintage Upwords w/ 100 Tiles & 10×10 Board 1997 Edition— A different take on Scrabble, in Upwords you lay out words as usual but now you can also play on top of words, too! Fun and a little easier, this would be great for a mix of ages and great practice for kids learning to read.
Scrabble Deluxe Wooden Edition with Rotating Game Board— My parents had the rotating Scrabble game and it is so great to play without knocking tiles every-which-way. It’s a classic game for a reason! Scrabble is a great word game–when you are winning! Player take turns creating words out of seven blindly chosen tiles. Play words on the specially marked spaces for an extra bonus. Here’s my favorite word to use: quat. It comes in handy! Remember that one–you will use it often!
Clever Endeavor— You get six clues, one at a time. Try to guess the phrase or word and advance around the board based on how quickly you guessed the answer! Just know that your opponent gets to choose the order of the clues that are read. With eight players or teams, this makes a great group game! It’s an older game so, yes, some of the people or things mentioned may no longer be common knowledge. We just skip those questions and move on. Still, we think it’s a fun form of trivia.
Family Game Night Best Word Board Games
We think it’s a nice and easy selection of word board games for the vocabulary loving members of your family!
Please, find them at an Indiana toy store near you.
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