27 Bridal Shower Games for Large Groups

If you’re looking to pump the fun into your best friend’s big party with some bridal shower games, you’ve certainly come to the right place. Hosting a bridal shower for a lucky bride-to-be is definitely a tremendous responsibility, but it also a huge honor.

Every bride-to-be dreams of her shower years and years ahead of time. So, no pressure, but you will really want every detail to be as perfect as possible. However, at the same time, you’ve got to ensure that everyone has plenty of fun. The maid of honor is typically responsible for preparing the party and making it memorable for the bride and guests alike. With that being said, other members of the bridal party plus the bride and groom’s family will usually step in to assist.

Bridal shower games are always a huge hit because they allow everyone to get involved and have a good laugh. Furthermore, there are a huge number of great bridal shower games for large groups. If this is your first time hosting a bridal shower you may not know what games to pick. This maybe particularly true if you have a large number of guests.

Luckily, the list below will give you plenty of ideas for entertaining bridal shower games for large groups. There are a lot of fun bridal shower games to choose from. There are unique bridal shower games and activities, get-to-know-the-bride games, and games to play during gift wrapping. Lastly, there are some games in here that will bring back nostalgia and test everyone’s knowledge of the bride-to-be. All in all, it’s always best to look for bridal shower game ideas ahead of time. This way you will be properly prepared and therefore have time to gather all of the bride’s answers.

List of Bridal Shower Games for Large Groups

1. Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Design

Our first choice for shower games is the perfect blend of goofiness and creative fun. The goal of this game is to divide your party up into groups of between 2 and 4 people. Hand each group a roll of toilet paper and have them designate someone in their group to be a model. Next, the other members of the group will need to construct a wedding dress out of toilet paper that their model can wear. Whichever group has the best dress design wins the game. You can let the whole group vote for their top pick. If that has too much potential for tension, then the maid of honor or bride can be the judge.

Curious how many rolls of toilet paper for bridal shower game are necessary? 4-6 rolls are enough for a 20 minutes session of playing this game. That assumes you’ll have a party of around twenty people.

2. Toilet Paper Camping Tell-All Game

Make sure you have plenty of rolls of toilet paper for this game. To play, you need to pass around a roll of toilet paper and ask each person to pull off as much toilet paper as they would need for a weekend long camping trip. Don’t be shy!

Once everyone has their selected amount of toilet paper, let them know that for each sheet they have, they will have to state one fact about themselves out loud. The more toilet paper a person has, the more they will have to tell. The funnier the better when it comes to a large group, particularly if there’s lots of strangers. This is a great icebreaker game and allows large groups of individuals to get to know one another better.

3. Don’t Say the Word Game

When you attend a bridal shower, the topic of conversation typically involves the bride, groom, and the wedding. But what if no one was allowed to say those keywords of bride, groom, and wedding? When everyone arrives, inform them that they will be playing a game that will last the duration of the bridal shower.

Let them know that if they say the specified words at any point, they lose the game. The person or people who win get to take home a small prize. If you suspect this bridal shower game will prove too annoying for a large group, set a time limit on it.

4. Guess How Many

For this game, you will need to take a clear plastic or glass jar and fill it with something of your choice. You can fill it with buttons, candy, and the like. Candy is an excellent choice because it can be given away as a prize to the winner of this game. Have the guests guess how many items they think are in the jar. Whoever guesses the number of items comes closest to the number wins the whole jar.

5. Bridal Bingo

Bingo is a fun game for everyone in any age group. Bridal shower bingo is a great pick when it comes to bridal shower games for large groups. Rather than handing out cards with numbered squares, place wedding-related words in each box. For example, honeymoon hotspots, bridal gifts, romantic songs, baby necessities, and homeowner vocabulary will all suffice.

6. Name the Cake

Hand out a sheet of paper that allows guests to guess a type of cake based on clues given on their piece of paper. For instance, the question may ask what kind of cake would a rabbit eat in which the corresponding answer would be a carrot cake. Whoever has the most answers correct should certainly win a small token prize. Given the name, a cake prize would, hence, be prime.

7. Movie Quotes

Create sheets of paper with memorable movie quotes on one side and the corresponding movie titles on the other, but mix up the order of the movie titles. Ask guests to draw lines so they can match the movie quote to the name of the movie. Lastly, if you’re struggling to find good movie quotes or don’t have the time, Sporcle is a great resource.

Keep the movies romantic and avoid overly raunchy movies or anything that will turn off your crowd. To make things even more interesting, you could choose wedding-related movies, too. My Big Fat Greek Wedding, My Best Friend’s Wedding, The Wedding Planner, and Father of the Bride are all good options.

8. Guess Who

This is a fun game in which you first gather information about the engaged couple beforehand. Print the facts out on a sheet of paper and have your guests guess which fact belongs to which partner. If you’re celebrating a heterosexual marriage, for some added fun place a picture of a wedding dress on one side of the fact. On the other side, put a picture of a tux, each side representing the bride and groom.

Guests can circle the corresponding picture to determine who the fact belongs to. Prizes are key for this game because you want to reward those who know the most information. Finally, be sure to mix up the information so that people from different parts of the bride or groom’s life can feel involved.

9. Fairy Tale Matchup

Weddings are often a dream come true, or a fairy tale of sorts, for the intended. To keep the dream alive, a fairy tale matchup game makes perfect sense. This bridal shower game consists of listing the names of Disney princesses or heroines on one side and Disney Princes or heroes on the other in a mixed up order.

Ask your guests to match the princess to her corresponding prince. For instance, matching Ariel and Prince Eric, Cinderella and Prince Charming, and Snow White and The Prince. Lastly, here is the full list of Disney princes and princesses to save you the time of pulling out the old VHS collection.

10. Bridal Shower Scattergories

Create a numbered list of 12 wedding related items on a sheet of paper. Leave a blank line next to each item so that guests may fill in their answers. You could list out items such as:

  •   A term of endearment
  •   Gift found on a wedding registry
  •   Honeymoon hotspot

Next, draw letters on to small pieces of paper and fold them over. Place the letters in a hat and mix them up. Pull out a letter at random. The letter that you pull is the first letter of the answer your guests have to use. For instance, if you pick the letter S, your guests could put sweetie for a term of endearment.

Additionally, if any guests have the same answer, they do not get any points, so they’ve got to keep it original! If a guest has two words that start with the same letter, they get double the points, and so on. For instance, if the letter you pick is P and a guest says pretty princess as a term of endearment, that would count as two points. This is one of those bridal shower parties that rewards originality and goes well with drinks to spur on creative answers.

11. Put a Ring It

This game can create tons of laughter among bridal shower guests. Hand each guest a chopstick and ask them to place it between their teeth and lips. Place a bowl of candy fruit rings, such as peach rings, in front of each guest.

Tell the guests that they must pick up as many of the candy rings as possible using the chopstick. Instruct the guests not to use their hands or they will automatically lose the game. Whoever has the most rings on their chopstick wins the game.

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12. Garter Toss

Purchase cheap garters and bottles of sparkling cider to entertain bridal shower guests with a game of garter toss. The goal is to toss the garter so that it lands on the bottle of sparkling cider. Whoever lands the most points wins the game. You may want to set a certain point limit before the game starts. Swap out the cider for champagne if you really want to class it up. Try sticking with 5-10 points since that seems to be a relatively good range of numbers for a large group of guests.

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13. Mad Lib Wedding Vows

Have the guests help the bride write up some hilarious wedding vows using a version of the original Mad Lib game. Put plenty of blanks throughout the vows and have guests insert adjectives, verbs, nouns, and emotions. If you have a large group of people, it will be hilarious to see what funny vows people think up. For some added fun and laughter, have each guest read their Mad Lib wedding vows out loud.

14. Receiving Line

When it comes to choosing bridal shower games for large groups of people, nothing beats this game. For this game, you will have to divide your guests into teams. On one side of the room, you will need to place bowls filled with rice. On the other side of the room, place some small, empty mason jars. Have each team line up between their bowl and their jar.

The point of the game is for guests to use their hands only. The first member of the team will scoop out a handful of rice from the bowl and place it to the next team member’s hand. Next, team members will continue passing the rice from one hand to the next until they have placed their rice in the jar. Finally, the team with the most rice in their jar at the end wins the game.

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15. Wedding Traditions

Weddings have certainly changed over the centuries, particularly with many brides opting for a modern wedding rather than a traditional one. However, there are certain wedding traditions that find their way into even the most unique wedding situations. For instance, the bride carrying a bouquet of flowers or a flower girl tossing down petals.

On a sheet of paper, list out various wedding traditions throughout the centuries and see if your guests can match the tradition with the reason why the tradition exists. This game makes it fun for guests to learn about the history of different wedding traditions. It’s a particularly good bridal shower game if you have a large and diverse group representing different cultures. You can even expand the game to include other pre-bridal parties from around the world.

16. ABC Wedding

Write out the letters A through Z in list-style and leave a blank line next to each letter. Have your guests’ name wedding related items next to each blank. For instance, next to the letter B, a person could list bridal gown. Whoever has the most items written down by the end of the game wins. Lastly, if any guests have matching answers, it will cancel out that response.

17. Mint to Be

Fill a bowl with mints and hand each guest a straw. For this game, no hands are allowed. Players will have to place the straw between their teeth and lips and use suction to grab hold of a mint. The player will have to keep the mint on the end of the straw and place it in an empty jar. The person with the most mints in their jar by the time the game is up wins. To make this game a little more fun and challenging you could probably use a timer.

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18. Pin the Mustache on the Groom

Print out a jumbo size photo of the groom and hand each guest a mustache containing double-sided tape on one side. After blindfolding the guest, have them place the mustache on the picture. Whoever places the mustache as close to the proper place as possible wins the game.

Another variation of this game is pin the veil on the bride in which you print a picture of the bride rather than the room and have guests tape a paper veil to the picture while blindfolded. Likewise, whoever places the veil as close to the correct position as possible wins.

19. Would They Rather

List things that the engaged would and would not want to do together and ask guests which they believe best suits the couple. For example, you can ask, “Would they rather go cruising or camping?” The person with the most correct guesses wins the game. You should probably consult with the bride before putting this game together to avoid the certainly embarrassing possibility of getting your answer sheet wrong. Likewise, you could also just have the bride give yes or no answers to each of the responses.

20. Tie the Knot

Make sure you have plenty of cherry stems available during his game. The way to win the game is to see who can tie the most cherry stem knots using only their teeth, tongue, and lips (no hands) in a minute. Although you can play this game without a timer, the aspect of racing the clock certainly makes this game all the more hilarious.

21. The Price is Right Bridal Edition

Purchase a few small items that you know you would like to give to the bride at the end of the game as a gift. Line the gift items up on a table and have your guests play this fun version of The Price is Right. In short, guests will have to guess the correct price for each item.

Whenever one guest guesses the price correctly or as close as possible, hand them the gift item to give to the bride. Not only will your guests have fun playing a fun twist on this classic TV show game, but above all, the bride will also get some very cool and much-needed gifts out of it.

22. Guess Who: Bridal Guest Version

If you have ever played the game Guess Who, you certainly know that the point is to determine who your character is based on a set number of clues. For example, clues might be whether your character is male or female, has glasses or no glasses, and has short hair or long hair.

Similarly, you can do this exact same thing with your bridal shower guests. In terms of bridal shower guests for large groups, this one also works best when you have a lot of guests in attendance. Furthermore, the more guests there are the more challenging it will be to figure out which guest is being described. Whoever guesses the guest correctly wins the game. This can certainly serve as a nice icebreaker game to get things started.

23. Wedding Crashers

Hand each player a ping-pong ball and have them see if they can bounce the ball across a table in order to consequently knock down a stack of plastic cups. So, whoever knocks down the most plastic cups wins the game.

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24. Name That Groom

Hold up a picture of a famous celebrity bride, for example, the Duchess of Cambridge, and have the guests guess who her famous celebrity partner is. A celebrity may have been married more than once, so you may have to let guests know which partner you would like them to name. For example, you could say the first or most recent, or the more famous.

25. Ball and Chain

Secure one end of a rope around a lightweight plastic ball. Secure the other end of the rope around the guest’s ankle. Line up water balls on the ground and have your guest swing the rope and ball around Skip-It style to see who can knock the most bottles down in a minute. Whoever manages to knock over the most bottles wins the game. For some added fun, spray paint the plastic ball black to make it look more like a ball and chain.

26. Kiss the Bride

Pictionary can certainly be a fun and hilarious game, especially when you are trying to think up creative bridal shower games for large groups of people. However, the idea behind kiss the bride puts an entertaining twist on the classic game. Make sure you have a large drawing pad available. Place the drawing pad on an easel and hand the guest that is nominated to draw a tube of lipstick.

Lastly, the guest drawing the picture must do so using the tube of lipstick. However, this is a no hands allowed game, meaning the tube of lipstick must be placed between the teeth and lips.

27. What Was She Wearing

The goal of this game is to have the bride-to-be announce that she will be right back as she steps out of the room. However, while the guests all think she will be right back, in reality, you are going to have her wait outside while you ask each guest to remember what she was wearing. Finally, whoever guesses the bride’s outfit the closest (down to the most minute details if possible) wins the game.

Final Thoughts on Best Bridal Shower Games for Large Groups

With the fun and hilarious games listed above, you can make any bridal shower an absolute blast. Furthermore, bridal shower game ideas really are endless. All you need is the creative mind to think up whatever hilarious game concoctions are available. Finally, all this will surely give the couple wonderful memories before their wedding. Also, always bear in mind the types of folks that are going to be at the party. Additionally, tailor your games to match the audience. Lastly, aim to find the right balance of maximum fun and inclusivity.

Regarding more reading on how to prepare a bridal shower, here are some tips on all the other ins and outs of putting the party together. Considering what gift to bring to a bridal shower whose bride doesn’t have a gift registry? Cosmo offers some great ideas on how to select a gift that will be original and appreciated.

Finally, do you have more bridal shower games for large groups that you can share? Any funny, successful, or by contrast, outrageous stories from your’s or friends’ bridal showers? We certainly want to hear from you! Please share your thoughts, experiences, and comments below.

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Best Board Games for 3 Year Olds

 

The Best 5 Board Games for 3 Year Olds

There is nothing better than family game nights, especially while your kids are still young. Get the fun started early, with a great batch of board games for 3 year olds. Once our kids hit the teenage years, it can be hard to keep everyone together. So start early!

Oftentimes, parents are apprehensive about playing board games with preschoolers. Don’t get too caught up with the negatives. Preschool age is the best time to have them associate simple rules with having fun. 

Board games geared towards the 3 year old crowd are often team games or games featuring easy competition. Board games for 3 year olds can offer great learning opportunities for all sorts of things. Whether its numbers, letters, colors, vocabulary, or critical thinking, board games for 3 year olds are good brain builders. 

Here are our 5 favorite board games for 3 year olds. You should consider any one of these for your little one’s next birthday or surprise present.

Our top Board Games for 3 year olds 

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Peaceable Kingdom Feed the Woozle Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game Hi Ho Cherry-O Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up! Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
2-5 players 2-4 players 2-4 players 2-6 players 2-6 players
For ages: 3+ For ages: 3+ For ages: 3-6 For ages: 3-5 For ages: 3+
Cooperative game? Yes Cooperative game? No Cooperative game? No Cooperative game? Yes Cooperative game? Yes
Teaches: Counting, Dexterity, Motor Skills, Balance, Body Awareness Teaches: Colors, Matching Teaches: Colors, Counting, Matching Teaches: Color-matching, Balance Teaches: Counting
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  • Peaceable Kingdom Feed the Woozle Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game
  • 2-4 players
  • For ages: 3-6
  • Cooperative game? Yes
  • Teaches: Colors, Shapes, Numbers, Counting
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  • Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game
  • 2-4 players
  • For ages: 3+
  • Cooperative game? No
  • Teaches: Colors, Matching
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  • Hi Ho Cherry-O
  • 2-4 players
  • For ages: 3-6
  • Cooperative game? No
  • Teaches: Colors, Counting, Matching
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  • Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up! Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game
  • 2-6 players
  • For ages: 3-5
  • Cooperative game? Yes
  • Teaches: Color-matching, Balance
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  • Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It
  • 2-6 players
  • For ages: 3+
  • Cooperative game? Yes
  • Teaches: Counting
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Peaceable Kingdom Feed the Woozle

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To start with, we’ve put Feed the Woozle at the top of our board games for 3 year olds recommendations because of the fun factor. It teaches your young one dexterity, gross motor skills, body awareness, balance, language development, and counting! First, it’s incredible that a simple board game can do so much for the development of a child. Plus, it offers enough variation for a multitasking parent to stay relatively engaged. 

The idea behind this game is that the “Woozle” loves eating hairy pickles and fuzzy donuts. Accordingly, and working together, players help feed him 12 crazy treats before all of the snacks are gone.

One of the best parts about Feed the Woozle is that it can grow with your child, because it has three different levels. Feed the Woozle makes a good board game for 3 year olds, but you could start your 2 year old off with this too. The game doesn’t require any reading, so even very young children can participate in this game! In additional to all of the wonderful developmental benefits of this game, children will also learn how to take turns. So if you have kids spaced apart by a year or two, this is a good way to help them guide in social skill development. Feed the Woozle is also a nice game for the kids on early age playtime get togethers.

Cooperative games such as this one are known to support emotional development, positive self esteem, shared decision making, and creative problem solving. They can also develop a sense of community through a non-stressful play environment.

Your child is sure to love playing this game, and you’ll have fun playing with them! The best part about it is that you’ll get to directly see the benefits that they gain from it.


Educational Insights The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

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Depending on where you live, there’s a good chance your child has already been exposed to outdoor animals. Maybe you have a cat or dog in the house who goes nuts watching squirrels from the kitchen window. Either way, the Sneaky Snacky Squirrel is a good segue into teaching your kids about the great outdoors. 

This can be a thrilling and multi-functional board game for 3 year olds. The squirrels are hungry and it is up to the players to collect five acorns in order to win.

Each player takes turns spinning the spinner and then using the large squirrel tweezers to retrieve an acorn and put it into the matching color on their own log.

Not only does this exciting game help to teach colors and matching, it also helps to teach strategy with options like “lose” “steal” and “pick” an acorn. The use of the squirrel tweezers helps to develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. 

This game also helps with great social skills like turn-taking and good sportsmanship. So, it’s great for playing amongst siblings and little friends. Keep in mind, the “acorns” that come with the game are small and can present a choking hazard. If your child is still in the stages of eating random objects, wait a few more months on this one.


Hi Ho Cherry-O

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A fantastic fall activity for the little ones is going fruit picking. This might be in an apple orchard if you live in the right climate, or maybe an orange grove. The late stage toddler years are formative. So, board games for 3 year olds that offer fun introductions to the outside world are particularly beneficial. 

Hi Ho Cherry-O is a timeless classic game for 3 year olds and preschoolers that makes counting fun for everyone!

Each player chooses a fruit (cherries, blueberries, oranges, or apples) and races to fill their fruit basket first. Turns are taken with the spinner where the player gets to count the number and put that number of fruit into their basket. Otherwise, their basket spills or a bird eats a piece of fruit, and they must return fruit to the tree. Whichever player fills their basket first wins!

This fun game teaches social skills such as turn-taking, patience, and good sportsmanship (not everyone is the winner!). Furthermore Hi Ho Cherry-O helps to teach and reinforce math skills like addition and subtraction in an exciting way.


Peaceable Kingdom Stack Up! Award Winning Preschool Skills Builder Game

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Stack 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher comes!

In this fun, low-stress, cooperative game, players work together to stack 12 blocks before the Stack Smasher smashes their tower. To begin with, they spin once to find out which color of block they must add to the tower, and spin again. On this second spin, they’ll get a tricky challenge for adding the block. One challenge might be putting the block on top of the stack with their eyes closed.

There are three levels and sets of directions to play this game so that it grows with the children and their abilities. Stack Up! is the kind of game that can still be lots of fun to play for several years.

Stack Up! teaches great hand-eye coordination for kids, as well as color matching and balance. Lastly, it’s a great game for reinforcing teamwork in a playful and positive manner.


Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It

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This game includes a game board that is over six feet long! In summary, players will have to work together as a team while they bustle through Richard Scarry’s World of Busytown on an adventure. Throughout the game, they’ll be searching for secret objects.

Pig Will and Pig Won’t are on a task to gobble up all the food on Picnic Island. It is the players’ goal to find all the hidden objects in Busytown before the piggies eat everything. Each player takes a turn spinning the spinner in order to make a move. The players aim to make it onto the ferry and to Picnic Island before the pigs have devoured all the food. Finally, once they’ve escaped to the ferry, they win!

Teamwork is imperative for this interactive and engaging game, and it also teaches counting and turn-taking. This age is a truly critical time for connecting your child with the idea that success often depends on cooperation. If your kid can enter preschool with a team player mindset already grained, they’re on the right track. 

Furthermore, this is a great board game for 3 year olds because it presents a truly imaginative world. Every parent wants their kids to have a budding imagination to keep the creative juices flowing.


Board Games for 3 Year Olds: Final Thoughts

If you are ready to introduce board games to your little tyke, go ahead and play one of these great games. Any one of them is sure to be a hit with your kid and with you too. As a rule, for parents, it’s important to stay engaged with your child when you’re playing. Undoubtedly, all parents have to multi-task here and there, but you want to be sure your kid is on the right path. Therefore, when you’re playing board games with your 3 year old, leave the phone in the next room.

Looking for more board games for 3 year olds? Check out our guide to the best strategy board games of all time and our list of board games with marbles. Have you played any of these games? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, tell us what you think!

Gift Exchange Games for Large Groups

Are you hosting a gift exchange and want to spice it up a little? One easy way to bring the gift of giving to a big group is to incorporate a fun game into the mix. It will take away some of those overwhelming feelings and get everyone in the mood for a party. Whether you’re in charge of your child’s birthday party, a family holiday get-together, or an office party games are ideal.

Therefore, we’ve made a list of great gift exchange games for large groups. Perhaps you can make things unique this year with a gift exchange for groups of friends, family, or co-workers. Make everyone stand in awe of your hosting abilities by giving them some low stress and generous fun. Try one of these great games and let us know what worked the best for your group.

White Elephant Game

My all time favorite gift giving game is white elephant. This can work amazingly with a group or even a smaller party. Firstly, it’s easy to play anywhere, whether you’re at home, in the office, or hosting a gathering at a bar or restaurant. Part of what makes white elephant fun is its versatility.

Next, the rules to the white elephant game are very simple so far as gift exchange games go. First, everyone coming to the party brings along a wrapped gift. The gift needn’t be prepared with any particular recipient in mind. Second, all the gifts are placed in one area together.

When it’s time for the actual opening, the first person chooses the gift they would most like. However, the next person can either choose a gift from the table or steal the gift from the individual before. This continues down the line until everyone ends up with a present. Those who were stolen from may go back to pick up a new gift, which can’t be taken by anyone else. 

What makes the white elephant game unique is the aspect of taking a gift, as well as the idea behind the gifts. You can bring anything you like, provided it is wrapped. However, most people bring silly, unique gifts that you might not see anywhere else. Unpredictability really amps up the fun factor. Plus, white elephant can turn a usually stuffy situation into something incredibly entertaining!

Cheer Exchange

Cheer Exchange is a fun gift exchange game that will work with groups of just about any size. This may take a bit longer with a crowd, but that just adds to the fun. First, everyone goes to the party bringing a wrapped gift, just like White Elephant. It’s usually good to set the gifts at a certain price limit. Once everyone is there and settled, the game begins.

The host should give directions to the guests to get the game going. For example, you might say something like “If you’ve already done all of your holiday shopping” or anything else. Those who fit that criterion will then stand up. The ones who remain standing will swap gifts with each other. Then you go on to the next set of rules, trading between those who remain standing each time. After someone has swapped, they no longer need to stand up in the next round as they have a present of their own.

The game continues until each person has had a chance to exchange their gift with someone else at the party. I’ve found that to keep this gift exchange game fun, it’s best to think up goofy criterions first. You may want to have your statements be on a raunchy never have I ever level, or even mildly embarrassing. Always think about your audience first.

Hot Potato

Hot Potato might be known as a silly children’s game, but it can be a lot of fun for adults as well! In this scenario, everyone brings a wrapped gift as per the usual rules. The gift needn’t be for anyone in particular, but set some group standards. Next, everyone will be put into a circle (or many circles, if required) and a gift is handed out to the group. Only one present will be used at a time. 

The game plays out as you might expect. The person with the gift passes it on beginning when the host starts a timer. The people pass the gift around until the timer stops. The person who is holding the gift when the timer goes off gets to keep it. They leave the circle and are finished participating. Meanwhile, the game goes on with the next gift. This goes on until everyone has a gift in hand. It’s a fun game that will cause a lot of laughs in my experience.

I would suggest it, especially for a family get-together. You can replace the timer with a clip from a song instead. The more inside jokes you work into the soundtrack, the better! 

Musical Chairs

We’ve all played a game of musical chairs in school. However, the gift exchange game based on musical chairs is a bit different. First, everyone shows up with their individually wrapped gift as with all of the previous gift exchange games. However, when arriving at the party, they will then place their gift on a chair somewhere in the room.

Gameplay begins with the host starting a song, something for the holiday or occasion, and everyone circles the presents as it goes on. The song is stopped at the host’s discretion. Finally, the present that’s in the seat in front of the partygoers is theirs to keep. The guests can open their gift and then use the seat for the rest of the festivities!

Musical chairs make for a nice gift exchange game for large groups and parties because it’s a nice introduction. Who doesn’t want to start off a big gathering with a new toy? 

Secret Santa

Secret Santa is the ultimate classic gift exchange game. This traditional but fun game rounds out the fifth spot on our list of games. This is a name drawing game, but it contains a bit more spice. To begin with, everyone participating has their name put into a hat. This occurs in the days or weeks leading up to the celebration. Once all names have been put in the hat, the host allows each person to pull a name from the hat. If you won’t have an opportunity to gather everyone before the party, randomly allocate names yourself. Do you have a bunch of friends returning home from all over the place? In that case, try using this Secret Santa name generator to avoid host bias. 

It’s the responsibility of the individual who receives a name to get that person a gift. Sometimes this may be small gifts over a period of time, especially useful in an office situation. Other times you may just get one larger gift for the person you chose out of the hat.

Make sure everyone is on the same page first to avoid crazy spending discrepancies. On the day of the actual party, each person brings a gift labeled for the person who will be receiving it. They should bring their present and discreetly place it in a communal area. When playing, each participant unwraps their present and then tries to guess who bought it for them. This aspect is often the best part of the whole game since it shows how well you know each other. 

A few tips on giving the perfect Secret Santa gift. Personalize and tailor the gift to your match’s needs and wants or personality. Make the gift reflect them or, if you don’t know them that well, make it reflect yourself. Lastly, when in doubt, inject humor or thoughtfulness into your gift idea.

Gift Auction

No money is required for this fun game, at least no real money! Everyone brings a gift to the party and trades it in for some Monopoly money. The amount doesn’t matter as long as everyone has the same available at the start of the game. Once everyone is ready, the real fun can start.

The host can act as the auctioneer for the selling and buying of gifts. First, a gift is presented and people can bid their “money” on it, if it’s something they think they’d like. Whoever bids the most gets the gift in the end. You keep the auction going until everyone has a gift. This is a fun and interactive way to get a big group excited and interested in what’s going on. Who doesn’t love a pretend auction? 

Left or Right

Left or right is a fun gift exchange game that allows for some creativity on the part of the host. Before the party begins, the host needs to make up a story that contains many instances of the words ‘left’ and ‘right.’ You can also find some online if you prefer, but creativity is usually half the fun. Once that’s done, the party gathers as normal with everyone bringing a wrapped present.

Everyone will sit with the present they brought in, and the host will explain the rules. As the host reads the story, the packages change hands to the left or right each time the host says these words. The story continues until the end. At this point, each guest has a gift in their hands. They get to keep it, and everyone can open their new and exciting parcel.

If you’re dealing with a group of people who don’t know each other well, this makes for a nice opening activity. 

Dice Exchange

Dice Exchange is an interesting one and can easily accommodate a large group of people. Everyone attending goes out and gets a gift that anyone would enjoy. They bring that present, wrapped, to the office or home where the party is going to be held. In this case, they keep these presents with them until the game begins. 

Everyone sits in a circle (or groups if there are many people) and dice are handed out. Not every person gets one. Every few people are handed a die, and they are then allowed to roll the die. A song of some sort, holiday or otherwise appropriate, starts and the game off.

If the person with the die gets a 3, they get to trade the gift they brought with someone else. Whether they get a gift or not, they pass the die on to the next person and play goes around the circle. This continues until the song ends and everyone keeps the present that has landed in front of them.

Love dice games? Make sure you check out our extensive list.

The Numbers Game

The numbers game is a fast paced gift exchange game to build some healthy competition into your party. Everyone shows up, and as they do, you take their gifts and mark a number on each one. You will then hand them a paper with the same number on it. Ask them to write down an unusual fact about themselves. That paper goes into a hat, and the presents are all collected for later.

Once the time comes for gifting, the host will pull a piece of paper from the hat and read out the fact, but not the number. People can then guess who the fact is about. The first person to get it right gets that present and are out of the game for the rest of the time.

The game continues until everyone has a shiny new gift. This one is a lot of fun, and you can get people participating pretty quickly. There’s something about fighting for a gift that gets people all riled up. It’s also a nice game to reward those who know the most about everyone else in the group. 

Whose Gift

If you have a group that likes to get rowdy and have a lot of fun, this Whose Gift is the game for you. All of the gifts are wrapped and put in a central location. You decide on an order for participants in whatever way you want. You can draw names or come up with something a bit more creative.

Once the person comes to the table, they get their gift. The game actually begins with people opening up their presents. Then the fun starts. The person who received the gift has to guess who brought the gift. If they get it right, their turn ends, and you move on to the next person. However, if they get it wrong, and this will happen a lot – they have to sing a song or do something equally embarrassing.

If you’re looking for something additionally rowdy, check out our truth or dare list for good challenges. This gets everyone to lighten up some and have fun. It also really makes a party exactly that. You’re already in the mood to enjoy yourself after watching everyone and perhaps making a fool of yourself, too!

Trivia

This one is especially useful for the holidays, but trivia can be good fun at any time of year. It’s a great way to get lots of people involved and will work no matter how large the crowd. It starts as expected, with each individual showing up and bringing a nicely wrapped gift. Then they are seated with the gifts in a central area so the game can begin.

This one is fun! The host will have drawn up some trivia questions beforehand, and each will be associated with a gift. The host will show the wrapped gift and then ask a trivia question. The players raise their hands if they know the answer.

The host calls on them and whoever gets it right first gets the present associated with that question. If it’s a holiday party, you can use holiday trivia. If it’s a birthday party, you could incorporate subjects important to the birthday person. You can go in so many different ways with this exchange. 

Once the first person has received their gift, it moves on to the next until each person has a gift. It can get people going and excited as everyone wants to show off their smarts and get a gift to boot. This is a favorite for many, and it’s not hard to see why that is.

Gift Exchange Games

These are the best of the best when it comes to gift exchange games for large groups. You are sure to find the right one that works for your particular situation. Many of these are well-known, others are less so. If you want to incorporate more creativity or want to go with something convention, both are easily possible. No matter what style you like, one of these games is bound to please you and the group coming to your party. If this still isn’t enough for you, try combining some of these together into a more multi-layered game. 

So get out there and be the best host that you can be. With this set of ideas, you’re already well on your way to making someone’s night, and hopefully the whole group. Enjoy yourself and have fun. That’s the most important aspect of a gift exchange or party anyway.

Make sure you check out our best yankee swap gift ideas as well.

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What Do the Numbers on Disc Golf Discs Mean? How to Decipher the Digits

According to the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA), around 500,000 of us play disc golf in the United States. With that many people out there, we thought it was time to drop some knowledge for the newbs. Today, let’s answer the question, “What do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?”

Disc golf is for everyone, and there’s no better way to get some exercise while enjoying the fresh air. Now, let’s gain some knowledge.

What Do the Numbers on Disc Golf Discs Mean?

Let’s jump right in and start to answer the question, “what do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?” The short answer is that the numbers indicate several different things that are important to a golfer — the speed, glide, turn, and fade of the disc.

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Unlike ball golf, there are several different types of discs used for various purposes. When you’re shopping for discs, you will see drivers, putters, and mid-range fliers on the shelf. Drivers and mid-range discs will usually have number rankings.

Terminology

Before we begin, we’re going to briefly go over a few terms that may be new to some of you.

  • Stability: describes the disc’s flight path
  • Understable: a disc that tends to turn right while in flight (with a right-handed backhand throw RHBH)
  • Stable: the disc’s flight will not turn
  • Overstable: refers to a disc that will turn left while in flight (with a RHBH throw)
  • Right-hand backhand throw: the traditional throw used by disc golfers (along with forehand and putting)

Disc Manufacturers and Numbering Systems

Different disc manufacturers use different numbering systems. So, at this point, to answer the question, “What to the numbers on disc gold discs mean?” we’re going to have to break it all down.

The four-number system

For the most part, the majority of the discs you’re going to find will use the four-number system. The numbers are usually printed right on the front of the disc going in order from left to right. They stand for speed, glide, turn, and fade.

Speed

The first number stands for speed and will be anything from 1 to 14. This number indicates the rate at which that disc will fly through the air. The higher the number, the faster the disc.

Before you assume, though, that you should grab the fastest disc, that’s not always the case. High-speed discs can be very hard to control.

Glide

The second number from the left will be a 1 through 7, and it indicates how the disc will glide. Glide is the disc’s ability to maintain height during flight.

If you want a ton of distance from a disc, you want one with a higher glide number. Also, discs with more glide are great for people new to the game. If, however, you’re a seasoned player, a disc with less glide will be more accurate in high-wind situations.

Turn

The third number from the left will be a +1 through -5, and it indicates how much the disc will turn while in flight — it’s also sometimes called high-speed stability (HSS). The turn number is the amount the disc will curve immediately after you let go of it.

Generally speaking, when you throw a disc using a RHBH, a rating of +1 means the disc will immediately veer to the left (overstable). A score of 0 means that the disc is stable and should fly in a straight line. And a disc with a negative number means it will start turning to the right.

A disc with a rating of -3 is going to turn a lot more than a disc with a score of -1. Discs rated -3 to -5 tend to be great rollers. A roller is a disc that will turn 90 degrees in the air and land on its side and roll for more distance — which can be very useful depending on the terrain.

Fade

The fourth number on the disc shows how much it is going to fade — otherwise known as low-speed stability. And the amount will be 0 through 5. Now, while the turn indicates how much the disc rotates when it leaves your hand, the fade is all about what the disc does towards the end of its flight.

As a disc slows towards the end of the flight, it tends to curve back in the opposite direction from which it was going before. A 0 in this box means that this disc will fly in a straight path. However, a rating of 6 will mean that your disc will have quite a hook as it slows.

The Vibram system

The number system Vibram uses on their discs is similar to the four-number system with some tweaks. You still have speed, turn, and fade ratings; however, they are on a different scale.

So, the speed rating on a Vibram disc is how fast in miles per hour (MPH) the disc has to fly to achieve the desired flight path. The turn and fade ratings are both on a scale from 0 to 30. A 0 rating means the disc has no flip or turn, while a 30 rating will give you the sharpest angle possible.

Vibram just added a new feature to its discs. On some of them, you will find the expected flight path, when thrown correctly, of course, engraved right on the back.

The Discraft system

Finally, we are finishing up our long answer to the question, “What do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?” with the Discraft system. If you get a disc from Discraft, it will only have one number rating. This ranking pertains to the stability of the disc, and it ranges from -3 to +3.

A disc with a 0 rating is stable. A disc with a ranking of -1 will be understable and bank slightly to the right while one with a -3 will be more severe. A rating with a positive number will be overstable and bank to the left.

Now Get out There and Crush Some Chains

And there you have it, folks, the answer to the question, “what do the numbers on disc golf discs mean?” Remember, everyone has a different throwing style.

Disc golf discs never behave the same from person to person. As you learn and grow as a golfer, pay attention to the numbers on your favorite discs and how that translates to what’s happening for you.

What’s your favorite disc in your bag right now? Tell us about it in the comments. For a list of our favorites, click here.

How to Rack a Pool Table Like a Pro in a Few Easy Steps

Pool is a game with many different variations, but one thing that stays the same is that a game starts with someone racking the balls. As a result, learning how to rack a pool table is essential for any player. Without racking the balls, you can’t play the game at all.

Pool is a game that is loved by millions of people around the world. It’s played in bars across the globe. Additionally, although it’s a popular recreational sport, there are lots of professional players that compete to be the best every year.

Although pool is very well known, it’s possible that you don’t know what it is. So before you learn how to rack a pool table, let’s cover that.

What Is Pool?

Before you learn how to rack a pool table, we’d like to make sure you know what pool is, so let’s get into it. Although you may think of pool as a specific sport, it isn’t. Instead, pool is a classification of cue sports played on a table with six pockets that you try to knock balls into.

There are several variations of pool, but the most popular game is eight-ball. Eight-ball is the game you likely play at the bar with friends. But people play several other variations of pool every day.

The History of Pool

Before we teach you how to rack a pool table, we’d like to talk about the history of pool a little bit. We think that understanding pool’s history is essential. So, we’ll share a little bit of that information with you before getting into how to rack a pool table.

There are records of some forms of pool dating back to the 15th century in Northern Europe. Pool originated as a game for royalty. Additionally, it started as an outdoor game that players played alongside croquet.

In the late 1600s, the pool cue was perfected and was more or less made into what we have today. Before then, you would hit the ball with something that resembled a mace. It was also around this time that chalk started to be used to increase friction between the cue and the ball.

Initially, the pockets were hazards that were supposed to make it more difficult for players to strike another ball. However, they were quickly changed to be the targets to hit the balls into.

Furthermore, although pool is now the name that categorizes many cue sports, it originated as a term that referenced betting. Billiard tables were another thing to bet on at horse racing events.

What Do You Need to Play Pool?

We’re almost ready to teach you how to rack a pool table, but there’s another thing we need to cover. We need to discuss what you need to play pool.

If you only plan on playing pool at the local bar, there isn’t anything you need to bring. All the equipment you’ll ever need is at the bar. However, if you want to set up a pool table at your home, there’s some equipment you’ll want to purchase.


Set of Aska L2 Billiard Pool Cue Sticks, 58″ Hard Rock Canadian Maple,…

  • 5 (Five) Pool Cue Sticks Set, One of Each – Black 21-Ounce, Blue 20-Ounce, Brown 19-Ounce, Green 19-Ounce, Red 18-Ounce.
  • Cue Length is 58″ (standard pool cue length). Canadian Hardrock Maple 29″ Shaft.
  • Stainless Steel 5/16×18 Joint

You will obviously need the pool table, the cue sticks, and the balls, but there are a few other things that you’ll want to purchase.

Firstly, you’ll want to get a pool cue case. This isn’t essential, but having a little extra protection for your pool cue could save you money in the long run.

Additionally, getting some pool cue cleaner is necessary. Pool cues get dirty quickly, especially when you use chalk on it frequently. As a result, getting some pool cleaner will keep your cue from getting gross over time.


Iszy Billiards Pool Table Billiard Ball Set, Marble/Swirl Style

  • Grade A deluxe quality – 2 1/4″ regulation size and weight
  • Made of polyester resin – 6 ounce balls Marble / swirl style makes a great addition to a table
  • Price shown is for full set of balls including cue ball

You’ll also want hand towels available to you if you’re taking the game seriously. It’s easy for your hands to get sweaty when playing, and this can hurt your game. Having hand towels to wipe off your hands will undoubtedly be useful.

Lastly, if you’re playing in competitions, you’ll need some sort of pocket marker. In eight-ball, you need to call your pocket before you sink the eight ball.

Although in many situations you can get away with calling it verbally, having a pocket marker will settle any disputes you could have before they start. It’s also a rule of the American Pool Association for players to use a pocket marker.

How to Play Pool

As we mentioned earlier, there are several types of pool. As a result, before you can learn how to rack a pool table, you should know how to play the game. Here we’ll discuss five of the most popular types of pool.

American-style eight-ball

In this type of pool, the players use the standard 16 balls used in most games. One player breaks the balls. Once a player gets a ball into a pocket, they are assigned either stripes or solids, depending on which type of ball they got in the pocket.

Once the ball types are assigned, the players alternate shooting until one player gets all their balls into the pockets. If you get a ball in a pocket, you get to take another shot.

The one exception is the eight ball. The eight ball does not count as one of the solid balls. Instead, players pocket it last.

Once a player gets all their balls in, they need to sink the eight ball to win. If a player sinks the eight-ball before this, they lose immediately.

Straight pool

Straight pool is one of the variations of pool that takes the longest. In this game, the players try to get any ball on the table into a pocket. Players need to call the ball and pocket when they take a shot.

Each ball a player sinks is worth one point, and games are played to 100 or 150 points. As a result, the balls need to be re-racked several times in a game. This makes learning how to rack a pool table essential for straight pool.

Carom

Carom is very different from many other types of pool because there are only three balls. There is a white cue ball for each player and one red ball. Additionally, you play Carom on a pocketless table.

The goal of the game is to hit your ball off the red ball and your opponent’s cue ball in one shot. How many points you need varies from game to game, but the most common number of points to win is 50.

Snooker

Snooker has 22 balls in total. There is a cue ball, 15 red balls that are each worth one point, and six differently colored balls with an increasing number of points.

A snooker table is significantly larger than a standard pool table. It measures out to be 12 feet long and 6 feet wide. However, it still has six pockets like a standard table.

A game of snooker starts by the players pocketing any red ball. They then try to pocket the other numbered balls in ascending order. The player with more points at the end of the game wins.

English billiards

The final game we’ll be looking at is English billiards. This is another game where there are only three balls in play. There is a white cue ball, a yellow cue ball, and a red object ball.

When playing English billiards, there are three ways to score. Firstly, you get two points when a cannon happens. A cannon is when your ball hits both other balls.

Hitting your opponent’s ball into the pocket is also worth two points. Finally, hitting the red ball into the pocket is worth three points.

The player with the most points wins the game. The points can be different from game to game, but typically players will play to 300 points.

Learn How to Rack a Pool Table like a Pro

Now that you have a good understanding of pool and many of its variations. It’s time to learn how to rack a pool table. The first thing you do in any game of pool is rack the table, so it’s an essential skill to learn.

Eight-ball game

In an eight-ball game or any game that uses the standard 16 balls, you start the game by racking all the balls except the cue ball. You begin by placing the one-ball at the front of the rack. The front is also called the apex.

Next, you need to ensure that the eight-ball is at the center of the rack. The center is the third row from the top.

Once the eight-ball is in position, you should make sure that the bottom two corners are a stripe and a solid. It doesn’t matter which corner is which, but they need to be different.

Then you can place the rest of the balls in the rack randomly. It’s a common misconception that stripes and solids can’t touch, but this isn’t true. Stripes and solids can touch each other as long as you follow the instructions above.

Once you place all the balls, you should line the apex up with the middle diamond on the side of the pool table. The diamond should be about a quarter of the length of the table away from the edge. Sometimes the table will have a dot instead of a diamond.

Then, before you remove the rack, make sure you’ve packed the balls together tightly. Now you can gently lift the rack off the balls. If you’ve done this successfully, you’ve learned how to rack a pool table correctly.

Nine-ball game

Nine-ball games are rare, but if you ever play one, you’ll need to know how to rack a pool table for this game. Firstly, you’ll need a diamond-shaped rack instead of the usual triangle.

Like in the eight-ball game, you should place the one-ball at the apex of the rack. However, instead of the eight-ball, the nine-ball should be at the center. You can then set the rest of the balls in the rack randomly.

If you’ve followed the instructions above, you’ve successfully learned how to rack a pool table for a nine-ball game.

Get Started Playing Pool Today

Now that you’ve learned how to rack a pool table, you can get started playing pool today. You won’t need to waste time figuring out how to rack the balls every time you go to the bar. This way, you can spend more time playing and less time trying to figure out the rules.

What’s your favorite type of pool to play? Do you understand how to rack a pool table correctly? Let us know in the comments!

Two Player Games for Kids: Best and Most Exciting Ones (Updated 3/2020)

Parents all over the world are fighting the same fight: getting their kids off their devices while still allowing them to have fun. Not only is too much time on the TV, iPad, or mobile device detrimental to their sleep and eyesight, they’re also not learning any beneficial social skills.

Board games, card games, and other fun activities may be a great substitute, as they often engage children’s minds while encouraging social development. Unfortunately, many of the classic games are just too slow-paced for modern kids’ tastes, and they quickly revert to the glowing screen.

However, there are some game manufacturers out there that are tackling this problem with innovative, exciting, and engaging new games specially designed for modern kids. So, if you find your kids quickly growing bored of Monopoly and Yahtzee, these might be the games to save the day (and your sanity).

How We Reviewed

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We went straight to the source to find out the best two-player games for kids, combing through hundreds of reviews to find the games that had the best reviews. No matter how new or how obscure, if parents were happy with the results, we were sure to take notice.

Overall Price Range

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Depending on the game and the factors like materials, the number of pieces, and size, you can expect to pay anywhere between $10 and $30.

Top 10 Best Two Player Games for Kids

If you’re looking for two-player games for kids of all different ages, these are some of the best the industry has to offer. Some of these games are so good that even parents might join in the fun!


Spot It! (Color/Packaging May Vary)

  • Award winning game of visual perception for the Whole family
  • Between any two cards there is always one and only one Matching symbol; Spot it fast to win
  • Five challenging ways to Play for hours of frenzied fun for 2 to 8 Players

Spot It! is a fun, fast game for two to eight players, and is billed as a game that “develops focus, motor skills, and visual perfection skills.”

Using a deck of 55 cards, players must identify matching symbols. Every single card features exactly one symbol that matches another card in the deck. The first one to “spot it,” wins! As a bonus, there are five different ways to play the game, plus easy-to-read, illustrated directions for kids.

Spot It! has become so popular, that the manufacturer is feverishly pumping out new versions. So far, these include Spot It! Splash (for playing in the pool) and Spot It! Jr., which features animals and is geared toward younger children.

If you’re looking for a game that’s fun, easy to learn, and will keep kids occupied for hours, this is definitely worth your consideration.

Pros
  • Fast-paced and exciting

  • Travel-friendly container

  • Five ways to play 

Cons
  • Not suitable for under age seven. 

  • Young kids might lose cards. 


Mindware – Q-bitz

  • GAME TO TRAIN THE BRAIN: The Q-bitz game is a great way to say goodbye to boredom and challenge your mind all at once….
  • THREE WAYS TO PLAY: With Q-bitz, it’s not the same game over and over again. You get 80 different puzzle cards that you…
  • COMPREHENSIBLE GAME PLAY: Each game contains three rounds, each round with a different card. Players puzzle over how to…

Though most parents would be happy just to have their kids playing nicely and off the television, there are some two player games for kids that have educational or mentally stimulating effects.

One such game is Q-Bitz, a unique pattern-based game that helps children practice symmetry, quick thinking, and visual acuity. Though it doesn’t necessarily require math, the spatial reasoning practice a child gets with Q-Bitz has proven beneficial enough to put the game in classrooms around the country.

Q-Bitz is for two to four players, ages 6 and up. There is, however, a Q-Bitz Jr. for younger kids who might want to get in on the fun. Created by the highly-regarded manufacturer Mindware!, the game has earned multiple awards, including the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and the Major Fun Award.

If a little education is something you value in your child’s entertainment, Q-Bitz would be a great game to include on the shelf.

Pros
  • Fun and educational

  • Teaches memory and spatial reasoning skills

  • Three ways to play / Multiple difficulties

Cons
  • Lots of parts and small pieces

  • Young kids may find it too challenging


HABA My Very First Games – First Orchard Cooperative Game Celebrating…

  • A simplified variation of the classic “Orchard” game adapted to suit players ages 2+, this game has been enjoyed by…
  • Game Idea: Working as a team, the children try to pick the fruits from the trees before the raven reaches the end of the…
  • If the players succeed in harvesting all the fruit before the raven reaches the orchard, they win together! If the raven…

Just because a game has been around for 30+ years doesn’t mean that it can’t still provide hours of entertainment for the kids of today. That is the case with First Orchard, a traditional German game geared toward kids as young as two.

Unlike most two-player games for kids, which usually feature some sort of competition-based gameplay, First Orchard puts more of a focus on teamwork. This cooperation helps kids learn valuable social skills, understanding of rules, and color recognition.

Most younger kids will find the gameplay fun and exciting thanks to the hand-sized wooden “fruit” that the kids need to “pick” before it’s eaten by the hungry raven. While some older kids might still have a good time playing, First Orchard is best suited to kids between the ages of two and six.

Pros
  • A classic, tried-and-true children’s game

  • Perfect for ages as young as two

  • Fun and team-oriented

Cons
  • Older kids may find it too simplistic

  • Quite a large game with big pieces


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  • HILARIOUS RESPONSES – Includes 40+ Egg-Mazing puns and sound FX that will “CRACK you up!”.

Extreme Egg Toss is a new twist on “Hot Potato” that will provide hours of safe, plush fun for kids ages three and up. Best of all, the game talks to kids as they play, increasing engagement and making the entire experience more fun for everyone. Of course, as this is a game that requires throwing, limiting the location of playtime is a must to protect household items from damage.

Using smart sensors built into the soft plush “egg,” the game can tell the difference between how hard or soft a child catches it, and will tell them when they’ve “cracked the egg” and lost the game. Plus, as the entire unit is machine-washable, this is a game that can help get kids outside and active.

For parents who want two-player games for kids that build both excitement and encourage physical activity, this is a great choice.

Pros
  • Interactive and exciting

  • Talks to kids as they play 

  • Machine-washable plush toy

Cons
  • Parents may find the voice annoying

  • Could lead to household accidents


Emojinks Emoji Card Games for Families – Fun Card Game for Kids Emoji…

  • Value Pack, 2-in-1 Emoji Card Game, Beginner And Advanced Levels
  • Emoji Party Card Game
  • Helps Develop Identification Of Feelings And Emotions, Promotes Turn Taking

Another lightning-quick card game that kids will love, Emojinks! uses familiar emoji images to create a fun match game that can be enjoyed by two or more players.

One of the things parents seem to like about Emojinks! over similar card-based games is the practice it gives kids in identifying emotions and symbols. The game comes in two levels—Easy and Advanced—and assists kids in areas like coordination and turn taking.

Perhaps the best part about Emojinks! is the clever use of images kids see on phones and other devices. While they certainly won’t see it as a substitute for endless texting and YouTube videos, the faces and shapes will at least give them something to do with all their emoji knowledge.

If you’re looking for a game that’s perfect for parties and suitable for virtually all ages, this is one that will see a lot of use.

Pros
  • Fast-paced gameplay

  • Fun, familiar images

  • Great for parties and travel 

Cons
  • Younger children may struggle with the quick pace

  • Lost cards will ruin the game


Qwirkle Board Game

  • TACTICAL STRATEGY: Featuring a massive amount of in game choices, including three tiles each of thirty six possible…
  • EASY TO FOLLOW RULES: An engaging game with easy to follow rules, Qwirkle is great for younger players. The rules of the…
  • GAMES THAT TEACH: Qwirkle is playable from early ages up, allowing young children and older individuals alike to develop…

Qwirkle is another game from the people at MindWare that is not only fun to play but also secretly educational. Especially when it comes to younger players, this game is designed to help develop strategic planning skills, tactical thinking, and problem-solving skills.

Best of all, the game has received a range of awards, including the Major Fun Award, Mensa Select Award, and Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Though it only takes two to play, Qwirkle can be enjoyed by up to four players, which makes it perfect for parties, sleepovers, and family game nights. Using the provided blocks, players are tasked with building lines by matching colors or shapes. The more complex the combinations, the more points they score!

If you’re looking for two player games for kids that will engage their minds as well as keep them occupied for hours, Qwirkle is a must for any playroom.

Pros
  • Fun and easy tactical strategy game

  • Great for all ages

  • Beneficial for developing minds

Cons
  • 108 tiles could be easy to lose

  • Complaints of poor quality packaging


Monopoly Deal Card Game

  • New Monopoly Deal card game that is moving through Family Game Nights everywhere
  • Collect 3 complete property sets but beware of the Debt Collectors, Forced Deals and Deal Breakers
  • If you are looking for a fun family/friend game, this is it

Monopoly is a classic, but it can take hours to play, even with two people. Monopoly Deal solves this problem by dramatically speeding up gameplay to around 15 minutes.

Using cards instead of pieces, kids and adults alike can compete with each other in a lightning-fast contest of property swapping and rent raising. Not only is it more exciting than the traditional game, but it’s formatted in such a way that it will keep younger children engaged despite the lack of flashy photos and colors.

If you’re looking to introduce your kids to an old favorite with a new twist, Monopoly Deal is an excellent example of a modern update done right.

Pros
  • A faster approach to a classic game

  • Teaches strategy and friendly competition

  • Can play well into adulthood

Cons
  • Property cards could go missing

  • Younger kids may not be interested 


Sequence Game

  • Play a card from your hand, and place a chip on a corresponding space on the game board – when you have five in a row,…
  • Each player or team tries to score the required number of five-card sequences before their opponents.
  • Easy enough for kids and challenging enough for adults – great for individual or team play!

Sequence is an exciting and imaginative game that is perfect for kids ages seven and up. Though it is easily played with two players, as many as 12 can join in the fun, which makes this a perfect option for family game nights or sleepovers.

Using a combination of cards, colored chips, and a game board, players are tasked to use a combination of luck and skill to build sequences from the cards they draw. The catch? Each card has two corresponding spaces, so players need to choose wisely to win.

All in all, it’s great fun and a wonderful way to build skills like strategy and critical thinking. There is also a version for younger children (Sequence for Kids) as well as specialized educational versions like Sequence Numbers and Sequence Letters.

Pros
  • Can be played by a wide range of players

  • Builds STEM skills

  • Lots of specialized versions 

Cons
  • Lots of pieces and cards

  • Not travel-friendly


Czech Games Codenames

  • For 2 8+ Players
  • 15 minute playing time
  • Age 14 and up

It’s no secret that older kids are among the hardest to motivate when it comes to playing games instead of playing on their phones. Luckily, there’s an award-winning game for teenagers that’s so engrossing, it will keep them busy for hours.

Suitable for two to eight players, Codenames is a fast, fun, and challenging. Participants play spymasters who know the secret identities of various undercover agents and must contact them all before their competitor. To keep things fun, there both an “assassin” and “double agent” card which can dramatically change the game.

Though Codenames deals with slightly-adult subject matter, it’s all portrayed in a humorous and engaging way. Obviously, enough parents have deemed it suitable for the game to earn a stack of accolades, including being dubbed the world’s #1 Part Game.

Pros
  • A fun and engaging game for older kids

  • Easy to play in 15 minutes or less

  • Great for parties and sleepovers

Cons
  • Slightly “dark” subject matter

  • Not for younger kids (14 and up only)


Ravensburger Labyrinth Family Board Game for Kids & Adults Age 7 & Up…

  • Fun play experience – In Labyrinth, Ravensburger’s hugely popular board game for kids and adults, you have to find…
  • High quality components – contains a playing board, 34 maze cards, 24 treasure cards, 4 playing pieces, and…
  • Easy to understand instructions – high quality, easy to understand instructions make it easy to start playing right…

There is no shortage of board games out there, but when it comes to choosing the right board games for young children today, excitement is a crucial factor. Labyrinth from Ravensburger games has excitement in spades, and tasks players with finding treasure in a moving maze.

With lots of replay value and relatively short game times, Labyrinth has become immensely popular among kids ages seven and up. Despite its humorous and reward-based gameplay, Labyrinth also teaches cause and effect, planning skills, and strategy.

If you want a game that will keep kids on edge each time they play, Labyrinth is a maze worth navigating.

Pros
  • Loads of replay value

  • Exciting, consequence-based gameplay

Cons
  • Not suitable for kids under seven

  • Cardboard design does not lay flat

The Verdict

What’s our verdict?

Looking at our list of best and most exciting two-player games for kids, the top choice is Qwirkle. With exceptionally high replay value, a relatively low cost, and an impressive number of awards to its credit, Qwirkle is educational enough to make parents happy and exciting enough to keep kids wanting to play over and over.

That said, any of the games on this list would be a perfect way to keep children engaged, learning, and using their minds instead of their thumbs. Here’s to days of peace and quiet and long nights of fun with the family. Game on!

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Best Unfinished Cornhole Boards

5 Best Unfinished Cornhole Boards

Originally created in the southern part of Ohio, cornhole has become a popular game for many people. A friendly game of cornhole is always welcome at a family picnic or tailgate party, and is enjoyed in competition throughout the nation.

Some people refer to this game simply as bean bag toss, doghouse, Baggo or bags. In any case, the game is played the same by tossing bean bags, sometimes filled with other materials, toward the raised platform at the other end of the playing field. The players aim for the hole that is located on the top of the board, hoping to receive points for making it through. Points are also received for landing on the board and for pushing opponents off the board.

Not only is corn hole a fun and entertaining party game, but it has also become very popular with people who enjoy creating, and making do-it-yourself custom gifts and crafts.

Imagine being able to custom create a special gift for the newlyweds, or make it a unique gift for your brother who already has everything under the sun. Create boards for yourself to show off your favorite sports team, or decorate them to show pride in your state.

You too can hop on the bandwagon and create your own cornhole set. Most of the sets already come assembled with the legs attached, and some even include the beanbags. You can purchase an unfinished set that is ready for paint, and with your special touch, you can personalize it to your own taste.

Some boards may require very little work to prepare them, while others may require extra preparation, but no matter how much, or how little work you want to do, you can find the boards that are right for you.

The following is a list of the 5 best unfinished cornhole boards for you to consider:

Non-Painted Corn Hole Boards Unfinished Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game White Primered Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game Go Sports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set Backyard Champs Standard Wood Cornhole & Bean Bag Set
ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″ ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
Includes: 8 bags Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag Includes: 8 premium all weather bags with totebag Includes: 8 official ACA regulation bags
Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs Fully assembled with legs
Non-painted for custimization Finished, sanded and ready to paint Primered but needs sanded, painted and sealed Varnished wood surfaced can be painted Sanded and ready for paint
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  • Non-Painted Corn Hole Boards
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 bags
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Non-painted for custimization
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  • Unfinished Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Finished, sanded and ready to paint
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  • White Primered Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 bags and string carrying bag
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Primered but needs sanded, painted and sealed
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  • Go Sports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set
  • ACA Regulation Size 24″x48″
  • Includes: 8 premium all weather bags with totebag
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Varnished wood surfaced can be painted
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  • Plain Unfinished Non-Painted CORNHOLE BOARDS SET Bean Bag Toss Game
  • 44″x28″
  • Includes: 8 official ACA regulation bags
  • Fully assembled with legs
  • Sanded and ready for paint
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Non Painted Corn Hole Boards

1These non-painted cornhole boards are made in the U.S.A from high quality, half inch plywood and premium 2×4’s, and are completely assembled with the legs already attached.

These boards come in the standard ACA size of 24×48 inches, and you can choose your own matching colors of bean bags, made from duck cloth, to match the finished boards.

While these boards may be the lowest in cost, the quality and rating are both on the top of the high standards list.

Buy these boards and customize them for your own backyard competition, or take them along to your next tailgating event.

Pros:

  • Lowest priced set
  • Standard ACA size
  • Can choose your own colors for the included bean bags

Cons:

  • May be a little heavier to transport

Unfinished Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game

2Already sanded and finished, this cornhole bean bag toss game is ready for the competition, all you need to do is add your own paint and designs.

This set meets the official ACA regulation size and is made with quality ½ inch thick plywood and premium 2×4 folding legs and frame.

A set of eight bean bags are included with a convenient string carrying bag to store them.

Everything you need to get the competition started is included, so after you make the purchase, you can customize it and give it as a gift, or start playing in your backyard right away.

Pros:

  • Lower priced
  • Standard ACA size
  • Set of eight bean bags included with carrying bag for storage

Cons:

  • May be a little heavier to transport

White Primered Cornhole Bean Bag Toss Game

3This is another high quality set that is made in the U.S.A.

Enjoy this official regulation size cornhole game made from cabinet grade ½ inch birch plywood and premium grade 2×4 legs and frame.

Fully assembled with the folding legs attached, this set will need to be sanded, painted and sealed before enjoying a fun neighborhood game in the backyard.

The set is complete with eight bean bags that conveniently store in the provided stringed tote.

Pros:

  • ACA regulation size
  • Includes bean bags plus a convenient string carrying tote

Cons:

  • Higher priced

GoSports Solid Wood Premium Cornhole Set

4This lightweight set is crafted from high quality 100% wood and is built to the standard ACA regulation size.

Completely assembled with the retractable legs already attached, this set is complete with varnished wood, and can easily be painted or customized with stickers and decals to suit your personality.

The lightweight body of this set makes it the easiest to carry and transport for travel.

The cornhole bags that are included with this set are not made with the traditional fillings, but instead they are filled with recycled plastic pellets, making these the ultimate all weather bags!

This set was positively designed with the consumer in mind.

Pros:

  • ACA regulation size
  • Lighter in weight for easier travel
  • Includes eight all weather bean bags plus a convenient carrying tote bag

Cons:

  • One of the highest in price

Backyard Champs Standard Wood Cornhole & Bean Bag Set

Backyard Champs Standard Wood Cornhole & Bean BagThis cornhole set’s frames are hand-crafted with sturdy New Zealand Pine, making in more of an investment as it will last your for years to come. As for the playing surface, it’s made from finely sanded smooth poplar multi-layer plywood. You can leave it as it is, or apply paint or designs to personalize the look.

Besides the regulation-size boards, the set also includes eight regulation bean bags, so you can start playing right from the bat. Every corner of the boards is reinforced with solid wood braces, wooden dowel fasteners and industrial adhesive.

Plus, the legs feature professional grade fasteners and hide-away inside the frame for easy storage. All in all, this is a solid choice when it comes to unfinished cornhole boards, ensuring endless fun for the entire family.

Pros:

  • Regulation-size
  • Hide-away feet
  • Includes eight official ACA regulation bean bags

Cons:

  • Not weather-proof

Choose one of these 5 best unfinished cornhole boards, and get your game started right away!

Best Cornhole Trophies

The 5 Best Cornhole Trophies

About the game of Cornhole

Summer is right around the corner and everyone loves a good yard party. The game of Cornhole has fast become one of the most popular and exciting games for your backyard get together, birthday party, graduation, BBQ, and much more. It is great because everyone from young to old can play. The games popularity has grown so much that there are official even cornhole leagues and tournaments with very serious players. The game of cornhole is fairly simple and played with two sets of bags and two cornhole boards. You can have a single players or two-person team in match style or tournament play. The players take turns throwing bag filled with corn or beans at an angled platform with a 6” hole centered 9 inches from the top of the platform. The platforms are usually placed 33 feet apart. You can also bring them closer together if young children are playing or your space is too small. Each player gets to toss 4 bags in an inning from either side of the platform. You cannot cross foul line when tossing your bag. The foul line is the front of the platform on your side. You can throw from either the right or left side, but you must stay on that side throughout the inning. Points are scored by tossing the bag through the hole at the back of the platform (3 points) or landing on the platform (1 point). The match is won when you reach 21 points or more. Cornhole has grown from humble beginnings of throwing corn cobs in trash cans to the worldwide known version of the game we play today.

Why trophies for your Cornhole tournament are a great idea

Rewarding both winners and losers with creative trophies will make your event even more fun and exciting! It will also give your cornhole event a professional feel. Humans are very competitive by nature. Everyone likes to win prizes to commemorate their great performance. You also don’t want to just reward the good performances. Show your humor with a hilarious loser styled trophy to give out for the worst performance. Trophies make great keepsakes for everyone who was involved to remember the day for many years to come.

Choosing the correct Cornhole trophy

Customized trophies for both the winners and losers are a great and fun idea. The ultra competitive types of people will go all out to win the champion trophy. The more casual type of players who are just there to have fun will love the humor of getting a loser trophy for finishing in last place too. There are a wide variety of trophies and styles available. We are going to take a look at many different types and designs from classic style trophies to funny toilet bowl shaped loser trophies. All the trophies we are taking a look at also come with custom engraving. This really gives a personal touch to remember your event. We are now going to take a look at some of the most creative and best cornhole trophies available for your tournament.

  • Cornhole Monster Trophy
  • Height: 6.75 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 1.6 lbs
  • Amount: 1
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  • Cornhole Toilet Trophy
  • Height: 5 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs
  • Amount: 1
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  • Express Medals Cornhole Trophy
  • Height: 6 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: N/A
  • Amount: 1
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  • Cornhole Cup Trim Trophy
  • Height: 6 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 1.5 lbs
  • Amount: 1
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  • 3-D Cornhole / Corn Toss Trophy
  • Height: 5 inches
  • Custom engraving?: Yes
  • Weight: 14.1 ounces
  • Amount: 1
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1) Cornhole Monster Champion Trophy

The go to trophy for the ultimate cornhole master. This 6.75” tall trophy is made of high quality resin and features solid construction. It has a clever and funny design that shows a muscular “cornhole champion” ripping his shirt off and standing on top of a cornhole platform. It also includes a gold plate attached to the base of the trophy with 3 lines of custom text. The custom engraving adds a great personal touch to commemorate the occasion.  In addition to being a great trophy for the winner of your cornhole event it also makes a great gift at office parties, graduations, and more.

2) Cornhole Last Place Toilet Trophy

This trophy is the exact opposite of the cornhole “Monster Champion” trophy. This is the perfect trophy for last place and recognizing the most horrible performance in your tournament. It is made of high quality resin and shows a hilarious toilet with a cornhole platform on the toilet lid. Everyone will get a laugh of out this trophy and be competing for last place. The trophy also comes with a 3 lines of custom text engraved onto a gold plate attached to the base of the trophy.

3) Express Medals Cornhole Trophy

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This is an excellent trophy for the winner of a cornhole tournament that they will treasure for years to come. It is a 6-inch trophy that includes a removable, wearable silicone “champion” wristband with a trophy image on it. This way, the winner can show off their victory wherever they are.

This is a free-standing trophy that includes a 2-inch color logo in the center of it, which is customizable. There are also three lines of custom black laser text on a gold color plate at the bottom of the trophy.

Whether you give this to the cornhole winner to keep forever, or you pass it down from year to year, this trophy is sure to stand the test of time.

4) Cornhole Cup Trim Trophy

The classic trophy design makes this a great traditional pick for your event.  It features a golden cornhole figurine on top of a 6” column and a solid marble base. High quality design and construction means it will last a lifetime. You also get 3 lines of custom engraved text and can choose from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  This is a great trophy for awarding more than just winners and losers.

5) 3-D Cornhole / Corn Toss Award

This 5” tall trophy features a corn toss in motion on a circular trophy. It makes a very classy looking trophy for your cornhole tournament that everyone will be trying to win. It is made from a high quality heavy resin casting with an extra large sized area for custom engraving.

As you can see there are a wide variety of trophies to choose from. We have run down just about any type you could possibly need for your event. Thanks for looking and good luck. May the best cornhole tosser win!

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Best Cornhole Bags

5 of the Best Cornhole Bags

Cornhole is a fun and competitive lawn game that gained popularity during a pre-game tailgate party in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The game has simple rules, it doesn’t require a lot of equipment, and it is a great way to teach young players how to cooperate in a team sport.

The game has grown throughout the country and it is never a surprise to see a competitive game during a family reunion, at the backyard pool party, on the beach, and yes, at the ever-popular tailgate party.

The game is compact and easy for travel, and the best part is that there is no special court or platform that is required. It can be played in the grass, sand, or concrete, and it only requires two wooden boards, a set of eight bags, and two teams of two to four people (checkout our list of 67 cornhole team names).

You can purchase everything you need for a reasonable amount of money, and the boards have become a popular craft.

It is fun to play the game, but it is also fun to choose the equipment you want to play with. You can purchase bags to match the boards, and create fun themes.

The following list is packed with options of some of the best cornhole bags you can buy.

Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 4) by SC Cornhole:: Choose Your Colors Cornhole Bags Set – 4 Burgundy & 4 Gold (Dark Gold) 8 Standard Corn-Filled Regulation 6″x6″ Duck Cloth Cornhole Bags (choose your colors) Free Donkey Sports® Regulation Cornhole Bags (Set of 8) Stars and Stripes Premium Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 8) By Cornhole Galaxy 
Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6 Regulation Size 6×6
Made with Duck Canvas Made with Duck Cloth Made with Duck Cloth Made with 100% Cotton Canvas Made with Duck Cloth
Filled With: Blend of Recycled Plastic Filled With: Whole Feed Corn Filled With: Whole Feed Corn Filled With: Whole Kernel Corn Filled With: Plastic Pellets
Colors: 10 Choices Colors: Burgundy and Gold Colors: 40 Choices Colors: Flag Theme Colors: 17 Choices
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Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 4) by SC Cornhole

Built to withstand tough throws, these are regulation size cornhole bags.

These 6×6 bags are made with a durable duck canvas that blankets 14-16-ounces of blended recycled plastic.

They are weather resistant so you will never have to worry about the kids leaving them out in the rain, and because they are filled with plastic, the rodents will not tear into them while they are stored in the shed.

With these bags, you have the option to choose from any of the ten color choices, giving you the option of matching your bags with your boards.

Johnson Enterprises, LLC 8 Standard Corn Filled Regulation Duck Cloth Cornhole Bags

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Each set of these cornhole bags comes with eight regulation cornhole bags; four of each color. Each bag is 6 inches by 6 inches and filled with 15 to 16 ounces of whole kernel corn, per ACA Regulations.

These cornhole bags are incredibly durable, as they are made with heavy-duty 12-ounce duck canvas. This is double-stitched for extra durability. They’re tough enough to use on any playing surface.

There are dozens of color options to choose from, as well as a few patterns. If you’re looking for a color option that isn’t listed, then you can choose their custom color option. Plus, all bags are 100 percent made in the USA!

There is a 1-year warranty on these cornhole bags, and they will replace yours in the case of stitching failure.

8 Standard Corn-Filled Regulation 6″x6″ Duck Cloth Cornhole Bags

You can choose from forty different colors with these cornhole bags, so if you hone the craft of making the boards or if you just like a variety, then this would be a wise choice to make.

These 6×6 high-quality bags are made from duck cloth and stuffed with 15-16-ounces of whole feed corn.

The bags come in a set of eight with four of one color and four of the other.

Grab some friends and get ready to win with these bags in your hand!

Free Donkey Sports® Regulation Cornhole Bags (Set of 8) Stars and Stripes

Celebrate the 4th of July with a bang this year by adding these cornhole bags to the party!

These bags are covered with a 100% sturdy cotton canvas, they are filled with whole kernel corn and meet all the standard regulations.

Handmade in the USA, these bags are stitched with high quality to assure they will stand up against a competitive fight.

They come in a set of eight with four of them designed with the stars and the other four are designed with the stripes.

Premium Weather Resistant Cornhole Bags (Set of 8)

If you are looking for replacement bags for those old worn out ones, these high-quality bags are just what you need.

This set of eight, 6×6 cornhole bags are covered with duck cloth and double stitched for added durability.

Although they fill as though they are stuffed with corn, they are stuffed with 15-16-ounces of plastic pellets, making these bags weather resistant.

Choose from any of the seventeen color choices and match the theme of your cornhole board.

There you have it, some of the best cornhole bags. Need cornhole boards or cornhole wraps? Make sure to check out our other pages.

Best Foosball Table

The Best Foosball Table

Long before the invention of video games, tablets, and smart phones, was the ever-popular foosball table.

Foosball is believed to have been started in 1921 when a young man decided that it would be nice if he could replicate the game of football for people to play in the comfort of their homes. He sat down with several match boxes, spread them out on the table, and from there the game was born.

Although patented in the United States in 1927, the game wasn’t a big hit and the patent then expired. In 1962 a young American soldier brought the idea back from Europe and trademarked the term foosball. The first American- made foosball table was created in 1970 and lasted until the newly popular video games surfaced in the 1980s.

What is Foosball

Simply put, foosball is a soccer game on a table. With eight rods, you can control the strategically placed foosball men trying to get the ball into your opponent’s goal at either end of the table. You will serve the ball, pass it, kick it, and make a score with the use of the handles.

A standard, full-size foosball table should be 2 ½ feet wide and 5 feet long. The regulation size is 30- inches wide, 56- inches long, and 36- inches tall.

A typical game can be played with 2-4 people and is played to 5 points and the best 2 out of 3 wins. Of course, you can modify it to your liking by upping the points and playing more rounds.

There are several variations of game play and some people even compete for large amounts of money in tournaments.

The Positive Advantages of Playing Foosball

One of the greatest things about foosball is being able to play it anyplace. A foosball table would make a great addition to a family room or game room; just think about keeping the kids busy on a rainy day.

The kids can become lazy with their faces glued to a screen all the time so why not get them involved in a competitive indoor sport that will keep them on their toes?

Several things can be accomplished in a game of foosball:

  • It can be challenging.
  • It’s motivational.
  • It can be a great way to practice team building skills.
  • Everyone can communicate with each other in person.
  • It can be used as a means of rehabilitation.
  • All ages can participate in the game.
  • It’s a fun and addicting game.

Who Plays the Game and Where?

There is no age restriction when it comes to foosball! People of all ages compete in the game.

It’s no surprise to find a foosball table in a family room with the kids competing against the adults, nor would it be a surprise to find a serious competition at the retirement home. You might run across a table at an arcade or even in a college dorm.

No matter where you play, the game is always sure to bring the crowd together and before long you might even have a cheering section on the side.

Tips for Buying a Foosball Table

You might be thinking that a foosball table would be a great addition to your family room, but you’re not sure what to look for when making your purchase.

Well, the first thing you need to do is find the place you want to put the table. Measure the space and be sure there’s enough room for people to stand comfortably without interference.

Next, think about who will be playing and will it be for fun or will you be using the table for tournaments?

The table sizes may vary so be sure to check for the appropriate size to meet your needs. If you want the regulation size you will need a 56- inch table.

Look for the grips on the rod bars; how many foosball men are included and does the table come with foosballs?

Some tables will require more than one person to carry, and the average time for set-up is usually one to two hours.

Check the durability in the legs, obviously the heavier the table, the stronger it will be. Keep that in mind when you think about how competitive your friends can get.

There are special features on some tables, so look for things like cup holders, internal ball returns, and the scoring features.

If you’re ready to purchase your table, we’ve weeded through to find 5 of the best foosball tables you can choose.

Best Choice Products 48″ Foosball Table Competition Sized Soccer Arcade Game Room football Sports Atomic Pro Force Foosball Table Rally and Roar Foosball Table Game Warrior Professional Foosball Table KICK Foosball Table Legend, 55 In
48- Inch Table 56- Inch Table 56-inch Table 56- Inch Table 55- Inch Table
Features: 2 Cup Holders, One On Each End Features: Internal Ball Return and Ball Entry Features: Ramped Edges for Continual Motion Features: Unique Guard System For Safety Features: 8 No-Slip Grip Wooden Handles and 8 Rod Safety Caps
Easy Set Up In Approximately 2 Hours Easy Set Up In a Few Hours Easy Set Up In Approximately 1-2 Hours Easy Set Up In Approximately 1-2 Hours Easy Set Up In a Few Hours
Table Includes: 2 Balls, 11 Red Players, 11 White Players Table Includes: 4 Balls and the Foosball Men Have Grooved Feet Table Includes: 2 Balls, Foosball Men Table Includes: 3 Balls, Men Plus 2 Extra, Bearings, and Lube for Rods Table Includes: 4 Balls, 26 Red Players, 26 Blue Players
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#1 Best Choice Products 48″ Foosball Table Competition Sized Soccer Arcade Game Room Football Sports

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This 48-inch foosball table might be just the right fit in your game room. With eight rows of twenty-two men, the competition couldn’t be any better. Eleven red players and eleven white players are strategically placed on the “field” to distinguish the two teams.

The comfortable grips on the rod bars will allow you added comfort when you hold the bars upside down to rotate your players.

The table measures 47x24x33 so it will conveniently fit in your room and it weighs 42 pounds. You might want to grab a few friends to help you put this table together, and then within approximately two hours, the competition can begin!

Complete with two balls and a cup holder on each end, you can’t go wrong with this choice.

#2 Atomic Pro Force Foosball Table

This classy looking table is made of a rich bamboo laminate and chrome steel rods covered with comfortable rubber handles.

The unique black and white robot style players spin smoothly as they kick one of the four included balls.

This table features an internal ball return and entry, as well as a convenient manual scoring system.

The 3.5- inch leg levelers were installed for an even playing field and with the heavy-duty legs and steel parts you can be assured of the tables durability.

This table is a hefty 144 pounds and measures 54.1×34.6×12.6-inches and assembles easily in about two hours.

#3 Rally and Roar Foosball Table Game

This is an elegant looking foosball table that will look amazing in any basement, game room, bar, man cave, lounge, or backyard. It is perfect for a family game night or a game to play while drinking with friends. Foosball is a popular game that’s easy to play, making it great for everyone of all ages to play.

This table is incredibly easy to assemble. It is a full-size 56-inch set that requires very little assembly. There is also no need for electricity or batteries, and there are no complicated instructions or rules. This game will encourage socializing, multiplayer, dynamic strategy, and enjoyment.

This hand soccer table is excellent for players of any level, whether you compete in foosball tournaments or you just play for fun. It has a smooth turf, weight players, ergonomic handles, and a solid wood bead scorer. Although amateurs can enjoy the game with this table, there is nothing amateur about its design.

Additionally, this Rally and Roar foosball table is incredibly sturdy. It has 5/8-inch diameter chrome-plated, steel rods with wooden handles. Because of this, players will always feel in control. There are also ramped edges and leg levelers. These allow for continual motion and an even playing surface, respectively.

#4 Warrior Professional Foosball Table

This 56-inch regulation style table offers everything you need for tournament competition or fun play at home.

You can relax when the kids spin those handles because they’re designed with a unique rod guard system to keep them safe.

The red and black foosball men make it easy to follow who’s who and the adjustable leg levelers provide the ability to raise or lower the table so that even the 5-year-old can play.

This table measures 56x32x36- inches, it weighs 195-pounds and can be assembled within one to two hours.

Complete with three foosballs, two extra men, bearings and lubes for the rods, this should give you all the reasons why this table is a good choice.

#5 KICK Foosball Table Legend, 55 In

Put this elegant table in your game room and you will be the favorite host for game nights.

This 55-inch table features eight no-slip grip wooden handles and eight, rod safety caps for added comfort and reassurance.

The half-inch playing field provides room for either uniformed men or counter balanced men and it offers a 1 or a 3-goalie design.

With the sturdy 5-inch leg levelers you will always have a flat surface and a convenient front ball return was brilliantly placed on each end of the table.

This one includes 26 red and 26 blue foosball men and 4 official foosballs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do some foosball tables have three goalies?

Foosball tables with three goalies are actually much more common than you might think, despite the fact that not many people play the three-goalie version of the game. On a three-goalie foosball table, there is a side defender, it can be found on either of the sides. There are several reasons why some people might prefer this version. First off, it requires more teamwork, so it’s great for a company team-building event or when you’re playing with several friends at a time. Basically, you can have assistants just like in real football when playing this version.

Why do they call it foosball?

This name comes from the German variant of football, spelled as such: Fußball. The funny-looking B is spelled as an S, so that’s why they decided to go this route. However, if you live in the US, chances are you’ll much more often hear the term “table soccer” instead of “foosball”.

Is it legal to spin in foosball?

No, spinning is quite illegal when playing professionally. It can get you disqualified in an instant. Of course, when playing casual matches with friends, it’s up to you to decide the rules. You can all agree if spinning is legal or illegal in that particular circumstance.

Is a goalie shot in foosball worth two points?

A goalie shot in foosball is worth one point. Any player can score a goal in foosball. Each goal is one point, regardless of which player made the shot. A common misconception is that the goalie shot is worth two points, but this is not an official rule.

Who is the best foosball player in the world?

Frederic Collignon has long been considered the best foosball player in the entire world. Between ’97 and 2012 when he finally retired, he won multiple championships from several tournament styles, and he’s the only European to have dominated the game on both sides of the Atlantic.

Final thoughts

Now that you have all this new knowledge about foosball tables, you should have no problem choosing the one that’s right for you. Make sure you check out our best pool tables as well.