3 Games Every Babysitter Should Have in Their Arsenal

March 15, 2017

Do you remember who your favorite babysitter was when you were a kid? Was it the one that always came armed with games and fun activities?

Here are 3 board games we recommend for babysitters looking to entertain young kids.

1. Titus Tentacle.

Looking for a simple game with a fun twist? Get your kids ready to brave the open sea as pirate monkeys looking for treasure. For this game you will need 2 to 4 players, ages 4 and up. The objective of this game is to collect coins by having your game pieces make it all the way around the board without getting knocked off by one of Titus’ Tentacles.

This is a great game for young kids because of the easy-to-understand story and the fun of getting to activate Titus and knock pieces off the board. The strategy required to move your pirate monkeys around the board also appeals to older children looking for a challenge.

Make sure you have plenty of time set aside for Titus Tentacle because it takes about 30 to 45 minutes to play a full game.

2. My First Stone Age

Ready to build some stone age huts? My First Stone Age is a kid-friendly version of the original board game Stone Age. Set the stage by reading your kids a short story about two stone age children, Jonon and Jada.

My First Stone Age requires 2 to 4 players and takes about 15 minutes to play. It is recommended for kids ages 5 and up. Players move around the board collecting and trading resources to build huts. Each hut requires a unique set of resources. The first player to build three huts wins.

Even though this game is suitable for children as young as 5 years old, it involves plenty of skill developing challenges. Memory skills must be used to keep track of the chip resources surrounding the board. Kids still learning to share? This game requires players to trade strategically to collect the right resources for the hut they are trying to build.

3. Sleepy Princess

Looking for the perfect bedtime game? How about one that follows the story of the Princess and the Pea? Most children are familiar with the story of the restless princess and her pea, so it will be easy to get them started with this simple dexterity game.

To play, set up the cardboard bed and place a small “pea” inside the frame. Now you must either work together, or challenge each other to build the tallest stack of mattresses, pillows and blankets for the princess. What’s unique about this game is it can be cooperative or competitive depending on the side of the board you choose to play on. It is recommended for children ages 3 to 5 and only takes about 10 minutes to play.

Thanks for reading! We hope these suggestions were helpful. If you ever find yourself in a pinch, a good game of Go Fish goes over well with pretty much any crowd.

Ready for a babysitting win? Find these games and more board games for kids at Game Goblins. Stop by our location on Bowman road to learn more.