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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22 Christian Icebreakers for Groups of All Ages (Updated 2024)

Pastors, Christian youth groups, bible study fellowship, and women’s and men’s fellowship leaders at one time or another need quick ideas or activities to provide a little relaxation, inspiration, and stimulation for their members or group participants. For this reason, Christian icebreakers prove useful, no matter you want to accommodate small or large groups of teens or adults.

We have talked about great icebreaker games many times before, mostly because they make an excellent method to spark up conversations and build interpersonal relationships. Before we begin, we recommend you check out our guide on the best youth group icebreakers for examples and inspiration. You can adapt many of them into Christian youth icebreakers and turn any meeting into a success.

As we all know, icebreakers are one way to get the talks flowing no matter the makeup of the group or the topics to be studied or covered. There are a number of Christian-oriented icebreakers for you to use at church, workshops, or meetings that you can use with almost any age group. See below our collection of  14 Christian icebreaker questions and 8 Christian icebreaker games suggested today.

14 Christian Icebreaker Questions:

1. What Makes Me Blessed?

In order to put group participants at ease and to help them get acquainted with others in the group, particularly with those who may only know one another casually, good Christian icebreakers initially involve getting to know others and creating a level of comfort for whatever the group is going to be discussing or the time allotted.

One of several ways way to do that is to ask everyone in the church group: what makes them blessed? As in, what blessings do they enjoy in their lives?

There are ways to make this more fun. Ask them to write out the first letters of their name on a colorful piece of paper or on a white erase board. If need be, let each person pair off with another in the group so they can strategize for words with the same first letter as their names that equate with being blessed, such as the name Joan = joyful, Fred = fortunate, Aaron = anointed.

You can use and adapt the same idea focusing on how the letters of a given name describe the person personally. Tom = Talkative, Objective, and Motivated. Provide dictionaries and thesauruses for extra word help.

One more twist on this icebreaker is asking group members whether their first or middle names have major significance in any way, such as whether their first or middle name was taken from another family name or a family tradition of assigning and carrying on names.

2. Inner Questions About God

Asking “God questions” – things that people wonder about God – is another good approach to easing awkwardness in a group setting as everyone wants answers to questions that remain unanswered. It’s a hefty subject to approach and will help everyone understand each other on a deep level.  This activity could be done individually, with a partner, or as a group with an appointed person writing out the questions on a white erase or chalkboard and everyone providing their best answer.

Example: What do you think God looks like?

This icebreaker works excellently with teens – as young peoples’ innocent yet profound questions might surprise even the most seasoned of pastors or facilitators. On the other hand, it works especially well with adults, whose questions could spark not only the conversation per se but also constructive debates.

One strategy you might consider is having everyone write down their question anonymously on a piece of paper so that no one concerns about looking silly or stupid.

3. God Thoughts

This is very similar conversation starter to the previous section, except that, with this one, you provide the questions rather than encouraging the group to share their own questions.

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of God? This could be another activity where everyone participates on both an individual and group basis with either writing out the answer on slips of paper or on a white erase or chalkboard with answers being given in a spontaneous fashion. A twist with this activity would be what was your first thought of God as a child?

4. Miraculous Happenings

If you could be part of any miraculous or other happening recorded in Christian history, what would it be and why? For example, how would you feel if you were in Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus, or in the midst of the parting of the Red Sea or amongst those who were miraculously healed at the Grotto in Lourdes, France in the 19th Century and beyond? As Christian icebreakers for kids, teens, or adults go, this game is a fantastic way to verify your group’s knowledge, boost their imagination, and allow each member of the group to express their deepest thoughts and feelings towards some of the most crucial Biblical events.

5. Greatest Christians (Past and Present)

Who do you think were some of the greatest Christians alive today or from the past? With this question, the answers can span from the time of the New Testament to the 21st Century. Examples could include great pastors, prophets, theologians, saints, etc. For example, Billy Graham,Mother Teresa, and Norman Vincent Peale. Try to come up with at least ten (10) individuals from the past and present that have had major influences on Christianity and all of its branches. You could research some well-known Christian personalities from other lesser-known countries, such as the ones from Eastern Europe. There are many regions on this globe where Christianity is taken seriously and where you can find a lot of inspirational figures.

6. Me, Myself and I

In looking at yourself in general, what are three things you really like about yourself? Another twist on this same topic could include what would you change about yourself that would help you become a better Christian? This isn’t just a fun icebreaker, but also a great exercise in strengthening your faith, solidifying your beliefs, and turning yourself into a better person. You could also try to do it alone at home when you feel like it so that you can try and be more sincere with yourself than you would normally tend to be surrounded by many people (and especially by people you barely even know).

7. Testimony

What event, occurrence, or circumstance in your life led you to become a Christian? Was there a major turning point that led to acceptance? This could be either an individual or group participation question that would help to put others at ease and to compare answers that might be similar in nature.

You can encourage the group to come up with questions to ask themselves. Try, for example, having them think about a previous job and ask themselves how it influenced their faith. See what we mean? You can ask yourself multiple such questions if you’re feeling creative enough.

8. Christian Books & Movies

What Christian book or movie that you read or viewed recently, or in the past, would you recommend to others in the group that best represents Christian life today and true biblical history? Let the whole group brainstorm and come up with the top five books and movies that have had a major impact on Christians and others. Then, discuss those works, debate, and compare notes. It is a great way to encourage people to share opinions and different, maybe divergent points of view. Moreover, finding other people who share common interests is great for each group member. Who knows, maybe some people in the group start a book or movie club, strengthen friendships, and make new acquaintances

9. Biblical Person Encounter

If you were able to visit heaven, what biblical person would you talk to besides Jesus? For example, the Apostle Paul would be someone from the New Testament era that would provide hours of dialogue and inspiration. Challenge a group of teens or adults to answer such questions and offer their own take on things. The conversation really gets interesting once people start mentioning Judas or other “negative” characters. How so? Well, there are a lot of things you can learn about human nature by theoretically speaking to, let’s say, Doubtful Thomas or Pontius Pilate.

10. Christian Influence

What Christian person that you have met and known has had the most influence in your life and why? That person could be a pastor, close friend, stranger, or mentor. Think about whether that individual caused a turning point in your Christian walk. Starting from here, the group can learn plenty about its members, share similar or divergent opinions, start a constructive debate, and bond through shared emotions and experiences. It’s fun and you might be able to discover things that you’ve never even thought about before.

11. Christian Church Dilemmas

Today’s Christian church faces many problems. If you were able to have influence over just one of those problems, what would that problem be and how would you try to change it? Many would probably want to talk about the persecution that Christians face around the world today, the banishment of prayer, or the tearing down of Christian monuments.

As a facilitator, make sure this icebreaker does not turn into an intense political debate that splits the group, angers people, or deters the shy ones from speaking out. It’s better to be safe than sorry. And while venting out anger is often beneficial, it can also stir a lot of trouble if left unchecked. We can’t stress this enough, but you’ll have to be very careful with how you question the people in your group and how you interpret their answers so that you can all avoid meaningless fights.

12. Weekly High-point

Looking back on your past week (or the past few days), what was the most enlightening event or encounter that struck you as memorable and lasting? Perhaps a smile, handshake, or a few encouraging words brought a feeling of well-being and confidence to your week. Maybe interfacing with a less fortunate person in a positive way or helping someone facing difficulty would be a reminder of what a Christian outlook can do for others outside of your inner circle. Positive thoughts deserve to be shared with others, as they can have a powerful influence on the individual.

13. Spiritual High

What’s the best spiritual experience you have ever had? Each person’s spiritual experiences are vastly different from one another. If all else fails to make someone open up to you, this little icebreaker is sure to make any Christian open up about their life, beliefs, and experiences.

Some people might find this question to be a little personal, but it is likely to invite a good spirit into your lesson. To mitigate this, you might ask the first person in advance and avoid the awkward silence at the start of the game. This way, the next person to answer will feel more confident.

14. Social Learning

What have you learned recently from another Christian? There are numerous things we can all learn from the Bible and from each other. In fact, we might not even realize how much information we’re missing out on by not talking to each other more often. Put it simply, this is another ice breaker with an almost infinite number of possible replies. The discussion can literally go in any possible direction, so we would kindly recommend you try this particular question out the first time you’re meeting someone at a new church or workshop.

8 Christian Icebreaker Activities and Games:

1. Bible Character and Scripture Matching

Christian icebreakers usually involve activities affiliated with the Bible and scriptures, and one idea that is always enjoyable to use with members of younger groups is identifying Bible characters through specific scriptures and actual character cutouts. It is also one of the best Christianicebreakers for kids, as the little ones are familiar since the earliest ages with iconic Biblical figures.

Biblical characters, such as Moses holding the Ten Commandments, can be placed on a magnetic board and corresponding scriptures mixed up next to them. Ask group members to identify the character and put the right figure with the quoted scripture. Mix and match a number of characters and scriptures to make the activity varied and a lot of fun. For example, you could take the scripture from Exodus 9:1 “Go in to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘Thus says the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, ‘Let my people go, that they may serve me.'” In this case, the character being instructed is Moses.

Another spin-off of scripture matching is to provide more prominent scripture passages with a significant word or words left out within the scripture. Ask group members to fill in and provide the missing word. This activity can be accomplished more quickly in pairs using a white erase board and access to scriptures with a matching word list for access with the appropriate fill in words.

The main takeaway here is that you can adjust the difficulty of this Christian icebreaker to the age group that you work with, its size, and its Biblical studies levels of knowledge.

2. What’s My Line

Theold television program from the 50’s and late ’60s provides interesting input for Christian icebreakers. Everyone in the group should jot down three different things about themselves and their line of work or vocation that is unknown to the others in the group. At least two of the items are true and one is not. Each group member presents their facts to the group and then everyone takes a vote as to which item about the person is not true. This activity can have surprising turnarounds as well as help others to get to know one another. It can be done with an erase board approach or with individual note cards or colored paper.

This activity is a variation of the game “Two Truths and a Lie” and works very well withsmall and medium groups of adults. As Christian icebreakers go, you can adapt it so that people say two true things about their beliefs or spiritual life and one lie. In addition to being a fun game, it can also open the door for more profound discussions about shared life experiences, concerns, and ideas.

3. Who Am I?

In preparation, write down the names of prominent Bible characters on sticky notes. Each person in the group will get a sticky note character pasted to their back. Once everyone has a character, release the attendees to roam around the room and ask people yes or no questions to guess their character.

For example, if I had “John” on my back, I could approach someone and ask, “am I from the Old Testament or New Testament?” Then, I could approach a new person and ask “am I a disciple?”, etc, until I guess my person. Then I get to return to my seat and wait until everyone guesses their person.

Make sure that you specify that you can only ask one question per person. This way, everyone gets to talk to as many people as possible. And, when people sit down, it’s a good opportunity for them to chat.a

4. Beach Ball Toss

Buy a beach ball from the Dollar Store and cover it in Christian-related icebreaker questions, such as the ones listed in the above section. In the group, toss the ball from person to person. Whoever catches it has to answer the question attached to their right thumb on the ball. Keep playing until everyone has had the chance to answer at least one question.

5. Christian Crossword Names

Our guide onicebreaker games for high school students includes a game called “Crossword Names” where players, in short, try to make a crossword puzzle out of everyone’s names. This game can be meshed with the “What Makes You Blessed?” question explained above. Players travel the room asking others what makes them blessed and turning their answers into a crossword puzzle.

6. Christian All My Neighbors

When it comes to getting your inspiration to build interesting Christian icebreakers for adults, we recommend you to take a look at ourguide on icebreaker games for adults. For instance, as a facilitator, you could start with a spin on the game “All My Neighbors” and give it a Christian connotation. The game helps the group understand better the values and world views of the other participants in a fun, relaxed way.

Some examples include “all my neighbors have read the Bible cover to cover”, or “all my neighbors own a piece of jewelry with a cross on it”, or “all my neighbors have delivered a sermon at church”.

7. Christian Icebreaker Bingo

TheIcebreaker Bingo game requires the most preparation on our list but also yields great fun! Invite the members of your group to send you one Christian-related fact about them (favorite scripture character, mission trip experiences, who introduced them to Christianity, etc). Fill everyone’s fact into a Bingo card, print out a bunch, and bring them to your Christian activity. Give everyone a Bingo card and instruct them to walk around and find which person corresponds to which square on the Bingo card.

8. Christian Would You Rather

Have players play the “Would You Rather”team icebreaker by putting a piece of tape on the ground and having players jump to the side that matches their answer for various would you rather questions.

You could ask, “would you rather have been there when Jesus performed miracles or when Noah built the Ark?” One side of the tape is designated as the “Jesus miracles” side and the other is the “Noah’s ark” side, and, at the count of three, players jump to the side they choose. Continue playing with as many questions as you see fit!

Christian Icebreakers: Bottom Line

One way to help people to intermingle with one another at church events and know more about each other is with the use of short and interactive activities, and some of those listed here can help get a group gets off to a good start. Religion and beliefs can spark heated conversations, so as a facilitator, make sure you have all things under control. Keep your group open to communication and sharing, emphasizing and praising the things that brought them together while respecting and even celebrating the things that set them apart.

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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

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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…

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  • 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


Electronic Egg Toss, The Family Fun Kids Game That Will “Crack” You…

  • EGG TOSS – Play the classic “Egg Toss” kids game without the mess! It responds to your actions, check out the DEMO…
  • SMART SENSORS – Determine a SOFT vs. “EGG-SPOLSIVE” catch! Pass to a friend, catch it softly, take a step back. See how…
  • 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

best cornhole trophies

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.

Best Pirate Board Games

5 of the Best Pirate Board Games

With busy schedules and technology, good old fashioned family game nights are just not as common as they once were.

Family dinners and conversation seem to be a thing of the past, instead it is games on the cell phone while eating French fries in the back seat of the car.

It’s time to make an old tradition new again. Make a pizza, pop some corn, and pull out a board game.

Talk, laugh, and work together to make a rainy Friday night feel like a day full of sunshine.

Kids and adults alike appreciate some classic pirate adventure, so why not find a game that everyone will like?

Take turns with games that everyone can enjoy. The games for young children can be played with a twist for the older kids to enjoy, and create teams so the younger ones can play along with the older ones too.

You can choose games that are played with a team effort, or games that challenge each player alone.

Board games can be educational, but the kids will have so much fun, they will not even know they are learning.

You can twist up a pirate game by using costumes, props, and even try talking like a pirate throughout the game.

Pick more than one game and set up stations throughout the room at your child’s next birthday party.

Anyway you choose to play, the night will be fun for the whole family, and you can relax knowing that you picked the right games that everyone loves!

Which one is the best pirate board game for your family night?

The following is a list of games that will help you to make your night a positive success:

Loot Don’t Rock The Boat Merchants & Marauders Dead Men Tell No Tales Board Game Pirate’s Cove
Number of Players: 2-8 Number of Players: 2-4 Number of Players: 2-4 Number of Players: 2-5 Number of Players: 3-5
Promotes Math Skills Assists in the Development of Eye- Hand Coordination Promotes critical thinking, imagination, and decision making Group Co-Operative Game Strategy Family Game
Ages: 10 & Up Ages: 5 & Up Ages: 13 & Up Ages: 13 & Up Ages: 10 & Up
Approximate Play Time: 20 minutes Approximate Play Time:Quick Turns, Fast Game Approximate Play Time: 180 minutes Approximate Play Time: 60-75 Minutes Approximate Play Time: 60-90 Minutes
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  • Loot
  • Number of Players: 2-8
  • Promotes Math Skills
  • Ages: 10 & Up
  • Approximate Play Time: 20 minutes
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  • Don’t Rock The Boat
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Assists in the Development of Eye- Hand Coordination
  • Ages: 5 & Up
  • Approximate Play Time:Quick Turns, Fast Game
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  • Galt Toys Inc. Pirate Pursuit Board Game
  • Number of Players: 2-4
  • Promotes Counting and Color Recognition
  • Ages: 3 & Up
  • Approximate Play Time: Plays Quickly
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  • Dead Men Tell No Tales Board Game
  • Number of Players: 2-5
  • Group Co-Operative Game
  • Ages: 13 & Up
  • Approximate Play Time: 60-75 Minutes
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  • Pirate’s Cove
  • Number of Players: 3-5
  • Strategy Family Game
  • Ages: 10 & Up
  • Approximate Play Time: 60-90 Minutes
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Loot

1-1This is the perfect game to keep the kid’s busy at your child’s birthday party!

For ages 10 and up, and for two to eight players, this card game full of strategy will help to promote their math skills, while exploring through an exciting adventure.

Players must try to capture the other player’s merchant ships, collecting gold pieces, but they must keep their merchant ship protected at the same time. The player with the most loot at the end of the game wins.

For a birthday party twist, use candy as gold pieces, and have everyone dress and talk like pirates.

With the maximum total of eight players, the game will go fast, and don’t worry, because the adults can have just as much fun with this game at their own party.

The game consists of 78 playing cards, and is easy to store without losing any small pieces.

With the high rating and low price that is attached to this game, it should be a sure reason for you to add this one to your collection.

Don’t Rock the Boat

2-1The sixteen pirate penguins will await their turn on top of the boat in the hopes that you will not let them fall off.

This great eye-hand coordination game will have your child thinking about the perfect place to stack his penguin, because the person that tips the boat over loses the game.

For ages 5 and up, this is the perfect rainy day game that provides quick turns and fast play for two to four players.

Do you have an only child that is anxiously waiting for you to play with him? Let him practice alone while he waits, because this game will also provide fun for one player.

This game comes with a ship, three masts, a 2-piece water wave for the boat to sit on, and sixteen pirate penguins.

A good rating is provided with this exciting game, and it will keep you and your little one busy for hours.

Merchants & Marauders

Merchants & MaraudersIf you’re looking for a more challenging game that will delight both the tweens and the adults in the family, Merchants & Marauders fits the bill perfectly.

The board game is designed for 2 to 4 players aged 13 and up and involves each player taking control of a sailing ship in the Caribbean Sea. From there, it’s up to them to decide which route they want to take. A player can launch attacks on others, become a friendly merchant, or simply sail around and win victory points.

The rules of the game are fairly complex – so much so that it may take a while for everyone to understand how things are going to work. That being said, the instructions are clear and easy to follow. And once you start playing, you’re in for a real treat.

Merchants & Marauders is immersive and designed to encourage critical thinking and decision making. It features a unique trade system and a thematic combat system. Plus, players can modify their vessels and hire special crew members.

All in all, it’s a complex and rewarding board game that will surely appeal to the entire family.

Dead Men Tell No Tales Board Game

4This co-operative game for 2-5 players makes a great team building exercise with the family.

The players must work together to build the board and search for the treasure. They will find themselves fighting a battle against the enemies, guards, and a fiery inferno, but they will have the use of items they will find along the way.

The players will have a system for tracking fire and locating the enemies while attempting to collect the ship’s treasure before it sinks and burns.

Experience the demanding challenge, while working together in this unique game of strategy and excitement.

This game is for ages 13 and up, and would be a great way to spend a Friday night with the family.

Although the price is a little higher than the rest, the rating is great, and you will not be disappointed when the family comes together as a team!

Pirate’s Cove

5If you like a game that is fun to play, easy to learn, and doesn’t take an entire night to complete, then this would be the one for you.

In this game, you will play through twelve months at sea in approximately sixty minutes of real time!

You will have to make some strategic moves and upgrade your ship, all without confrontation from other players, because your goal will be to end with the most points and become the most famous pirate that everyone fears.

All the players synchronize their moves working toward the same goal, so there will never be any down time while waiting for your next turn.

Pirate’s Cove comes with a board, a spinner, cards, dice, and colorful pieces, and can be enjoyed by family members ages 10 and older. Smaller ones in the family can enjoy the fun as a team player with an adult.

With all the laughter, cheering, and fun that will be enjoyed by all, you should understand why this game has been ranked with one of the highest ratings.

Now that you have had an opportunity to explore some of the best pirate games on the market, you should have no problem deciding which one you like best. Still in need of more board game ideas? Check out our funnest board games of all time or our best strategy board games.