Social distancing from the COVID-19 spread has given us an amazing opportunity to spend quality time with our families. But you can only play the same board game so many times before fights break out or it just gets boring, right? Therefore, we have compiled a list for you of 25 board games that can be purchased for under $25, many even under $10, to keep you and your family entertained.... because hands on learning and fun is so much better than screen time!
Some of them are tried and true, but others you may have not seen or heard of before so we wanted to share. The list doesn't have all of our favorites, but it does cover a wide range of age-appropriateness and skill development. Check out the links for each activity for more details. We have even listed occupational therapy skills that each game works on in the photos below. A Rise Above Occupational Therapy wants you to enjoy this new-found time with your family and develop a new leisure pursuit that you can perform together.... Game Playing! And yes, we have played them all!
Check out our list here in alphabetical order:
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