Forget Candyland, these are the family board games we play over and over again. Board games are one of our favorite ways to spend time together. Not only is it fun, but it's also nice to watch the kids learn to strategize, learn lessons about being good winners and losers, and chattering (friendly slap, of course).
One thing that surprises me about board games is their age recommendations. We have found that many times a child younger than the recommended age can play very well after the initial learning curve. This is important because it makes the games we play fun whole family, and you don't mind numbingly for the older participants. These are all games that we have played with our daughters from about five years old.
- Index | More complicated than you might remember from your childhood, this game is actually a great practice for deductive reasoning. It's a logical puzzle as you make your way through the mansion, trying out different combinations of suspects, weapons, and locations to find the right combination and the right answer. Detective story.
- Ticket to Ride | I share this one ALL the time because it's been a family favorite for years. We love it so much that we have it European version for girls for Christmas. It's easy to learn, takes about an hour to play, and teaches strategy - are you going to try to get your routes or block others?
- Spy Ally Junior | It's my only inclusion that borders on the “a bit dull for adults” category, but both kids enjoy it so much that I wanted to include it. In the game, you choose a secret identity and walk around the board trying to find out who other players are before you can find your own. I am considering buying the real version (not the junior) in the hope that it will be a better fit for all of us since the junior version is such a big hit.
- Rummikub | We've been playing this in my family for years and it's great for learning patterns, sequencing and planning, as well as forming sets and sets. That says 8 years and over, but in my experience children can play very well from 6 years old.
- Five crowns | A five-combo rummy-style game that's easy to learn and fun for everyone. I recommend getting a set of card holders to help children easily see and sort their cards. This is probably Kaitlyn (6 years old) favorite game!
- Battleship | A classic for a reason, Battleship is a simple and fun strategy game and while I never would have chosen it, both kids really took it and enjoyed it.
- Settlers of Catania | I saved the best for last! Well, at least our new family obsession. I'm not gonna lie, this one took David and I a good hour to learn how to play, following the video guide the game recommends. But when we taught the kids they figured it out so much faster and now we're all looking for a possible excuse to get a game. The way it's played you never play twice on the same board, which makes the interesting things when you collect resources, build roads and settlements, and dodge the pesky thief. We can't wait to add expansion packs because this game is a keeper!
A quick bonus recommendation? A beautiful magnetic and portable chess set! I never knew how to play a year or two ago and now we like to keep a board out of the way and get ready to play at all times, and we bring ours on a trip with us too. Hailey can beat me with me trying and Kaitlyn gives me a good run for my money. I love the strategy that goes with it and the fun they have playing with each other.
And are you looking to learn while having fun? Here are our favorite math board games for grades one to three.
Playing games together has been such a fun new phase for us as I've never particularly liked games for young children like Chutes and Ladders or Candyland. Now, it's a great experience for all and a way to spend quality time together, creating new jokes and sweet memories.
Do you have a favorite family board game to check out? I would love for you to share it with me in the comments!
It’s easy to get confused when it comes to health and alimentation. Even qualified experts often seem to hold opposing opinions. Yet, despite all the disagreements, a number of wellness tips are well supported by research. Here are 27 health and alimentation tips that are actually based on good technique.
These 8 practical tips cover the basics of saine eating and can help you make healthier choices.
The key to a healthy diet is to eat the right amount of calories for how active you are so you balance the energy you consume with the energy you use.
If you eat or drink more than your body needs, you’ll put on weight because the energy you do not use is stored as fat. If you eat and drink too little, you’ll lose weight.
You should also eat a wide range of foods to make sure you’re getting a balanced diet and your body is receiving all the nutrients it needs.
It’s recommended that men have around 2, 500 kcal a day ( 10, 500 kilojoules ). Women should have around 2, 000 calories a day ( 8, 400 kilojoules ). Most adults in the UK are eating more calories than they need and should eat fewer kcal.
Starchy carbohydrates should make up just over a third of the food you eat. They include potatoes, bread, rice, pasta and cereals. Choose higher fibre or wholegrain varieties, such as wholewheat pasta, brown rice or potatoes with their skins on.
They contain more fibre than white or refined starchy carbohydrates and can help you feel full for longer. Try to include at least 1 starchy food with each main meal. Some people think starchy foods are fattening, but gram for gram the carbohydrate they contain provides fewer than half the kcal of fat.
Keep an eye on the fats you add when you’re cooking or serving these types of foods because that’s what increases the calorie content – for example, oil on chips, butter on bread and creamy condiments on pasta.
It’s recommended that you eat at least 5 portions of a variety of fruit and veg every day. They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced. Getting your 5 A Day is easier than it sounds. Why not chop a banana over your breakfast cereal, or swap your usual mid-morning snack for a piece of fresh fruit ?
A portion of fresh, canned or frozen fruit and vegetables is 80g. A portion of dried fruit ( which should be kept to mealtimes ) is 30g. A 150ml glass of fruit juice, vegetable juice or smoothie also counts as 1 portion, but limit the amount you have to no more than 1 glass a day as these drinks are sugary and can damage your teeth.
You can choose from fresh, frozen and canned, but remember that canned and smoked fish can be high in salt. Most people should be eating more fish, but there are recommended limits for some types of fish.
You need some fat in your diet, but it’s important to pay attention to the amount and type of fat you’re eating. There are 2 main types of fat : saturated and unsaturated. Too much saturated fat can increase the amount of cholesterol in the blood, which increases your risk of developing heart disease.
On average, men should have no more than 30g of saturated fat a day. On average, women should have no more than 20g of saturated fat a day. Children under the age of 11 should have less saturated fat than adults, but a low-fat diet is not suitable for children under 5.
Try to cut down on your saturated fat intake and choose foods that contain unsaturated fats instead, such as vegetable oils and spreads, oily fish and avocados. For a healthier choice, use a small amount of vegetable or olive oil, or reduced-fat spread instead of butter, lard or ghee.
When you’re having meat, choose lean cuts and cut off any visible fat. All types of fat are high in energy, so they should only be eaten in small amounts.
Regularly consuming foods and drinks high in sugar increases your risk of obesity and tooth decay. Sugary foods and drinks are often high in energy ( measured in kilojoules or kcal ), and if consumed too often can contribute to weight gain. They can also cause tooth decay, especially if eaten between meals.
Free sugars are any sugars added to foods or drinks, or found naturally in honey, syrups and unsweetened fruit juices and smoothies. This is the type of sugar you should be cutting down on, rather than the sugar found in fruit and milk.
Many packaged foods and drinks contain surprisingly high amounts of free sugars.
More than 22. 5g of total sugars per 100g means the food is high in sugar, while 5g of total sugars or less per 100g means the food is low in sugar.
Eating too much salt can raise your blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are more likely to develop heart disease or have a stroke. Even if you do not add salt to your food, you may still be eating too much.
About three-quarters of the salt you eat is already in the food when you buy it, such as breakfast cereals, soups, breads and sauces. Use food labels to help you cut down. More than 1. 5g of salt per 100g means the food is high in salt.
Adults and children aged 11 and over should eat no more than 6g of salt ( about a teaspoonful ) a day. Younger children should have even less.
As well as eating healthily, regular exercise may help reduce your risk of getting serious health conditions. It’s also important for your overall health and wellbeing.
Read more about the benefits of exercise and physical activity guidelines for adults. Being overweight or obese can lead to health conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and stroke. Being underweight could also affect your health.
Most adults need to lose weight by eating fewer kcal. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim to eat less and be more active. Eating a saine, balanced diet can help you maintain a healthy weight.
Check whether you’re a healthy weight by using the BMI saine weight calculator. Start the NHS weight loss plan, a 12-week weight loss guide that combines advice on healthier eating and physical activity. If you’re underweight, see underweight adults. If you’re worried about your weight, ask your GP or a dietitian for advice.
You need to drink plenty of fluids to stop you getting dehydrated. The government recommends drinking 6 to 8 glasses every day. This is in addition to the fluid you get from the food you eat. All non-alcoholic drinks count, but water, lower fat milk and lower sugar drinks, including tea and coffee, are healthier choices. Try to avoid sugary soft and fizzy drinks, as they’re high in calories. They’re also bad for your teeth.
Even unsweetened fruit juice and smoothies are high in free sugar. Your combined total of drinks from fruit juice, vegetable juice and smoothies should not be more than 150ml a day, which is a small glass. Remember to drink more fluids during hot weather or while exercising.
Some people skip breakfast because they think it’ll help them lose weight. But a healthy breakfast high in fibre and low in fat, sugar and salt can form part of a balanced diet, and can help you get the nutrients you need for good health.
A wholegrain lower sugar cereal with semi-skimmed milk and fruit sliced over the top is a tasty and healthier breakfast. Further informationThe Eatwell Guide can help you get the right balance of the 5 main food groups. The guide shows you how much of what you eat should come from each food group. Read more about eating a balanced diet and understanding calories.