Regular readers will have gleaned that I'm very big on simple games that you can do in minutes without any equipment, but there is always a place for what are often termed "Board Games" though in many cases they don't have a board at all. As well as being great fun, they can help children to develop and practise skills from reading and number through to memory, turn-taking, following instructions and rules and all sorts of useful things like that. Here are some of the ones that we have so far (children aged 2 and 4).
I'm also keen to get hold of a children's Scrabble (maybe Santa will provide next Christmas). We play one of these games probably about once a week at least, and it's a really great way to get sitting down together having fun.
What "board games" do you have, and what would you recommend?