It would seem as the world and its pressures move forward at an alarming pace, families are returning to old-fashioned values and looking for ways to get more out of the time spent together and this includes playing good old yard games, like giant Jenga, chess, dominoes, 4-to-score, plus a whole lot more. Now with holidays just around the corner it's the perfect time to stock up on a few to keep everyone entertained.
Getting physical is obviously good for everyone and other benefits of ‘just playing' include children learning how to get along, maybe a lesson for a few adults too, developing fine and gross motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Jenga is to the world of games what peanut butter and jelly is to the gourmet world—an absolute classic. Now it's available as a giant game or rather, a giant sport that stacks to 4 feet and then some. Whether you're playing it outdoors at a picnic, wedding or casual get-together everyone will want to get in on the action of giant Jenga. Of course you can also play indoors should the weather spoil your plans.
Best for Ages: 8+
Number of Players: 1+
Uno, another classic card game has been super-sized and is now even more fun. The cards are big, or as one of my dear friends put it, “holy frijoles, the cards are huge!” They're also made of a hard cardboard, which means they can handle quite a bit of wear and tear. Giant Uno, like its smaller cousin, is fun for everyone from 3 years old all the way to 103.
Best for Ages: 7+
Number of Players: 2–10
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