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Gift ideas for kids: their new favorite board games

Posted Nov 09 2013 4:41pm

The Wonder Forge provided me with these board games to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.

Yes, it’s true: I’ve got yet another board game review for you! I can’t help it, I am a game-a-holic and so are my kids. The Wonder Forge is absolutely my favorite favorite favorite maker of games so I can’t resist when they ask me to try out new games! The kids and I tried out three in preparation for this holiday review and we loved them – I think you and your kids will to! Check ‘em out!

Doc McStuffins All Better Game

Doc McStuffins is on of my favorite kids’ characters these days, and Sophie loves her too! This “All Better Game” is super-cute, fun, and easy to play. PLUS!! It all fits nicely in this little bag, which is so much easier to store than a big box.



Here’s what I like about this game:

  • Easy concept – it’s  basically a memory game with a twist.
  • Great for vocabulary if you’re working on speech.
  • Quick, fun, and easy to get started and learn the rules.
  • An absolute snap to clean up & store in the carrying case.

Sophie and I have a ball playing this game! Even though it’s easy enough for a 3-year-old, Sophie still thinks it is great fun at almost 7.  I like playing it too, although I must admit it is showing me that my memory is not as good as it used to be! If you think your little Doc might like this game, please note that it is available exclusively at Walmart.

Next up, one for the big kids!

Axis of Villains Strategy Game

This is a game Joshua was really excited about, and because she loves all games no matter what, so was Sophie. It says it’ for 8 and up and I agree – it’s definitely not simple. Yet, Sophie could play along quite well once we got all the rules figured out.Bobby and I both enjoyed playing this with the kids – it is great for teaching strategy, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills! Here’s what I like about it.

  • Super-cool superhero characters
  • Everyone plays on the same team, fighting the villains. Teaches teamwork and there’s no sore losers!
  • It’s nice to have a good game for older kids!
  • Teaches all those wonderful skills I mentioned above.

The only thing I don’t like about this game is that there are a lot of rules/instructions and it takes awhile to learn. But I promise, it’s worth it!  If you have a superhero-loving boy or girl, you can get this game exclusively at Target.

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Shipwreck Beach Game



I’m a big fan of games that have a component that involves getting kids active, so I love this game! It’s fun for Jake fans big and little. It combines matching, memory, and physical activity for a game that’s a blast! Here’s what I like about it:

  • Easy to set up and play
  • Keeps kids active
  • Players need to achieve goals within a certain amount of time, but you can take the timer away for younger kids who need more time.
  • Great for vocabulary and following directions if you’re working on speech.
  • It’s just really, really FUN!

If you have a Jake fun who loves to play games and hunt for treasure, you can find this game at exclusively at Walmart as well.

Have you tried any of these games? Do you buy games for your kids for the holidays? I encourage you to check out ALL the Wonder Forge has to offer. You’re sure to find something for all your game-lovers!

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