At this point in summer, camp is probably over and you’re looking to fill your days with various Camp Mommy activities. We’ve got lots of outings and day trip ideas, but sometimes you also need a lazy day at home to just while the afternoon away with a nice stack of board games. Maybe lay out a blanket in the backyard to play them on! These are our recent favorites.
The Scrambled States of America
Based on a picture book of the same name, The Scrambled States of America seriously appeals to the trivia buff in me. My son received it for his birthday this summer, and we’ve been playing it non-stop. The kids see it as a fast, hand-slapping card game; little do they know that they’re absorbing state capitals, nicknames and locations while they’re playing!
Go Nuts for Donuts
Fans of Sushi Go will love this similarly structured card game that features about a dozen kinds of delicious looking cartoon donuts. The object of Go Nuts for Donuts is to collect as many points as possible while avoiding choosing the same donut cards as your opponents. We can often play at least two rounds before breaking down and going for a donut run.
Roller Coaster Challenge
This is more of a single-player game than a family game (although players can just take turns), but I’m including Roller Coaster Challenge on this list because it gets stored in the same closet as the rest of the board games in our house. And it’s been keeping my kids busy, without adult interference, for many hours this summer. The game challenges you to build a roller coaster track by figuring out the missing pieces depicted on a stack of cards. The best part is when you get to roll the little coaster down your finished track.