Inside: Board Games to Play in English or Spanish
Is game night one of your family’s traditions? My husband is the king of board games, and is up for playing a game whenever and wherever he gets a chance. We’ve got an entire closet devoted to our family’s (much too large) collection of board games.
Word games, building games, games for matching, trivia, or math… it doesn’t matter what type of game. We’ll try it! And we’ll want to play in both of our languages. Your family, too?
I’ve rounded up our very favorite games that are the perfect addition to your BILINGUAL family’s game night tradition. These juegos favoritos are easy to play in English, Spanish, or any language, really! Grab one today to get your family practicing Spanish, making memories, and having fun!
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Bilingual Board Games
Qwirkle is a family favorite because it is fun for a variety of ages from kids to adults! It is easy to learn in a matter of minutes, and the tiles are a mix of colors and shapes – making it perfect to play in ANY language! For 2-4 players, recommended for ages 6 and up.
A perfect game whether you’re playing in Spanish or English. Spot It is a fast-paced visual game in which you race to see who can spot matching pictures and call them out! For 2-8 players, recommended for ages 6 and up.
Sushi Go is one of the games we play the most as a family! While it is recommended for 8 and up, my kids are 5, 8, and 11 right now and can all play. You pick and pass from an array of sushi food items in your hand, then count up the points you kept! The simple sushi cards make it easy to play in English or Spanish. For 2-5 players, and ages 8 and up.
Tenzi is a fun, quick, and competitive game for all! To play, you roll your 10 dice as fast as you can. This is a great game for number recognition in any home language. For 2-4 players (buy additional sets for more people) and recommended for ages 7 and up.
In this fun and educational game, you roll 9 cubes to invent a story. You’ll combine items, characters, places and animals to use when telling your imaginative story. Perfect speaking practice for your child – there are multiple ways to play this one! For 1 or more player, ages 6 and up.
I’m sure you’ve played Jenga before, but have you thought about using it for game night in your target language? This game is a favorite in my home and always ends in laughter! Simply slide out a wooden piece and place it on top without crashing the tower down. Ages 6 and up, for one or more player.
This classic game helps your child practice Spanish vocabulary like colors and numbers. If you haven’t played, you match one of your hand’s cards with the top one by color or number. Strategy cards mix it up – like reverse, skip, or draw 2. For 2-10 players, ages 7 and up.
A classic in our household, we’ve spent many family game nights enjoying Sequence for Kids or the regular Sequence. You play an animal card from your hand and place a chip on the corresponding animal on the board, trying to connect a sequence of 4 chips. Fun way to practice Spanish animal names! For 2-4 players, ages 3 and up.
My 8-year-old’s top choice every time for game night! One player gives a clue word or phrase and everyone selects a picture card to match, then players vote on which one was the clue word player’s card. A great language practice game for all ages! 3-8 players, and ages 8 and up (my 5 year old has the hang of it, though).
A simple bluffing game for older kids and adults that requires little vocabulary to play. Each turn, you add a flower or skull disc to your pile, or guess how many flowers you can turn over before turning over a skull. Don’t get caught turning over a skull! 3-6 players, and ages 10 and up.
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