You know what they say...the family that plays together, stays together.  I couldn't agree more.  I know in our house, as the kids get older, it gets harder and harder to squeeze family time in between everyon'e activities.  But it's still totally worth it when we do.  Some days, we try to keep it active, with family activities that get the whole family off the sofa.  But there are also lots of days when all we want to do is chill out, munch on popcorn, and share some laughs.  That's when the games come out.  I've written before about how much I love cooperative board games because everyone gets to wrok together and enjoy each other's company rather than worrying about cut-throat competition.  Here are some new favs to add to the list.  Just pull one out and let the good times roll...

Orchard Game: Players must harvest the fruit before the raven gets a chance to swoop down and eat it.  All players work together and take turns rolling the die to find out whether they will pick fruit or (gasp) add another piece to the raven puzzle.  Great for the 3-8 age group.  $39.95

The Yoga Garden Game: I love the way this game gets the family together and up and moving at the same time.  In this cooperative board game, players work together to plant a flower garden before nightfall, all the while learning and trying out 10 classic yoga poses named after animals and objects found in nature.  Perfect for ages 4 and up. $19.95

The Secret Door: Got a kid who loves to play detective?  In The Secret Door, players must work as a team to find clues, and share strategies to seek out the missing valuables.  It's a great memory game that can be played with 1-8 players aged 5 and up.  $17.50

Camp: I've written about this one before, and it still makes my list of favorites.  The best part about this game is that, unlike most cooperative board games, Camp is challenging for little kids, older kids, and even adults.  There are varying age levels to the trivia questions that are sure to challenge everyone from toddlers to seniors and everyone in between.  

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