8 Exciting Games to Play with Grandma

8 Exciting Games to Play with Grandma

I am very lucky to have an awesome grandma that loves to play games with me. And I wanted to share with you my 8 favorite games I've played with Memaw.

Memaw (my grandma) used to tell me really fun bedtime stories where she would make up some fun and crazy monsters.

These stories are what inspired me to make my first game.

But more than that. She showed me how to have fun playing games and being creative in general.

So I made a list of the 4 games I play with her now as an adult. Along with 4 games I played with her as a child.

I am interested to hear what games you enjoy playing with your grandma or grandchild. Let us know in the comments below.

There is a "teachability" scale (1-5) that shows you how difficult the game is to explain to others.

Along with a "difficulty" scale (1-5) that explains how hard it was for players to actually play the games.

I will start with the 4 games we currently play together.

1. King of Tokyo

Teachability - 4/5
Difficulty - 3/5
Game Type -  Press Your Luck and Resource Management

Our Experience:
Memaw had a bit of a hard time understanding the concept of this game. That is why the teachability is 4/5.

However, after she learned the goal of the game. She had fun and was able to play the game much easier.

There are a lot of small and easy decisions to make. Such as "would you like to keep points or try to roll for more attack?"

Or "Would you like to leave Tokyo or stay in?"

So once we started playing and she understood King of Tokyo, she liked it. But my Memaw has played a lot of games and is pretty good at picking up new game concepts.

If your grandma is not used to games. This one may be a bit confusing to her. But she will probably catch on if she has a good teacher!

2. Sequence

Teachability - 2/5
Difficulty - 2/5
Game Type -  Card game with Tile Placement

Our Experience:
We enjoy this game a lot. Though people are starting to get tired of it after playing it multiple times each visit for the last 8 years.

Basically, you have 2 decks of cards and a board that has 2 of every card (except the jacks. They are wild).

The 2 eyed jacks allow you to place your token (tile) anywhere. While the 1 eyed jacks give you the option to remove an opponents token.

We like to play teams of 2. The first team to get the correct amount of "5 in a rows" wins!

This game is a lot of fun because there is a lot of back and forth between teams. And the end of the game is almost always filled with anticipation as players race to draw the exact card they are looking for.

3. Treasure Hunter

Teachability - 4/5
Difficulty - 2/5
Game Type -  Drafting

Our Experience:
This is by far our families favorite game at the moment. Treasure Hunter is the game we are playing in the headline picture. Memaw is choosing which card to draft next.

It is great because you can think as little or as much as you want. And still have fun without messing up the game!

The teachability is 4/5 because Memaw has a bit of a hard time understanding the game from round to round.

While the difficulty is low (2/5) because she doesn't necessarily HAVE to know what cards are best each round. Because she still just drafts her favorite cards (treasure goblin scaring dogs) and has a blast!

4. Farkle

Teachability - 1/5
Difficulty - 1/5
Game Type -  Dice Rolling and Press Your Luck

Our Experience:
Farkle has been our go to game for about the last 3 years.

Memaw has been a huge fan of Yahtzee for decades now. But she got a bit wore out on it (as most of us did) several years back.

So we searched for a new dice rolling game and found Farkle.

It is a very easy to learn and play game. But has provided some really fun and exciting game play.

Funny story - When a player reaches 10,000 points, then that marks the start of the last round. So everyone gets one last chance to catch up.

One time, Memaw had roughly 4,350 points. And on her last round rolled until she had got over 11,000 points to win!!

That was one of the craziest games of all time!

4 Games I played with Memaw as a Kid

And in no particular order...

5. Monopoly

Teachability - 3.5/5
Difficulty - 2.5/5
Game Type -  Dice Rolling and Resource Management

Our Experience:
I can't even begin to count the number of times we played this growing up.

We got tired of the "regular rules" when I was about 7 or 8.

So we made up our own!

I would spend hours thinking of new rules I wanted to try out in Monopoly. And Memaw is awesome so she would try them out with me.

This was when I should have known I was destined to make games the rest of my life.

(Related - See 3 reasons why I think you should make a game and how I use game design for a creative outlet.)

6. Battleship

Teachability - 3.5/5
Difficulty - 2.5/5
Game Type -  Dice Rolling and Resource Management

Our Experience:
Memaw was really fun to play Battleship with.

Looking back on it. I'm pretty sure she would test me. She did this by setting up her ships in certain patterns repetitively just to see how long it took me to catch on.

And right when I had figured it out, she would change her strategy.

It was a fun game of "cat and mouse" trying to guess what layout she would set up. And I was no different.

I don't know what it is about humans but we can be so predictable at times.

Playing Battleship with Memaw taught me how to be less predictable. Which can be a very fun skill to have.

7. Sorry!

Teachability - 2/5
Difficulty - 1/5
Game Type -  Classic board game

Our Experience: Memaw played Sorry with me at a very young age.

I was probably 5 or 6 when she started playing this with me.

Sorry is a really good game to play with your grandma as a kid because it teaches you basic math skills.

And since grandparents tend to like teaching their grandchildren valuable life skills. They usually like to play this game as well.

I know my Memaw enjoyed playing. And I am very thankful I had her to help teach me basic addition and subtraction while having fun.

8. Guess Who?

Teachability - 1/5
Difficulty - 1/5
Game Type -  Deduction

Our Experience: This is another very simple, but very fun game.

I played this Memaw 100's (maybe even 1000's) of times growing up.

Trying to figure out her character by asking off the wall questions was very fun to me.

I also liked trying to guess her character even when I had like 5 to choose from. It was fun going off of my instinct even if it did cause me to lose a lot.

Bonus: Roll For It!

Teachability - 2/5
Difficulty - 2/5
Game Type -  Dice Rolling with a bit of Drafting

Our Experience: We actually haven't played this one together yet.

But I played it once or twice with other people. And now it is on my "Memaw would love this one" list.

So I plan on getting this one to play with her soon.

It is a very fun and straightforward game. There are cards that have different combinations of dice on them.

These cards also have points. So you have to choose how risky you want to be. Do you try for the big point card even though it may cost you 3-5 turns to roll for it. Or do you stick with the simple low point card?

Your Thoughts

Which of these games do you plan on playing with your grandma?

Let us know in the comments below. Or feel free to give us a fun list idea as well.


Want to Read More?
Check out our 10 games for 10 year olds list
Or see what inspired  my friend Michael Abrahamson to make games.