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7 ADHD-Friendly Board Games for the Festive Season

We’re excited about the upcoming holidays, and we know you are too! The end of the year is a great time to get together with loved ones and share some laughs. But our ADHD brains with their poor attention span can feel under stimulated if they’re not engaged in a fun game or one that requires strategic thinking skills to test our abilities.

In this article, we’ll be highlighting 7 of the most fun ADHD-friendly board games that cater to those who are super into structure and organization, whether they have ADHD or not. These fun games will help get you through the holiday season and not feel too “board!”

1. Bluey Scavenger Hunt

Starting our list is Bluey Scavenger Hunt, a game that’s perfect for neurodivergent kids and adults alike. That’s because everyone wins or everyone loses together!

Parents of children all over the world will be familiar with Bluey and the Heeler family as you pick one of the many characters in the game. In this game you take turns to move around a board and depending on where you land, pick a card and complete a task. The best thing about this game is not only does it encourage kids the importance of teamwork and co-operation, but also the ability to understand that not every game has to be a competition against another person.

It’s a game I’ve personally used to bond over my kids with during tough times. It’s a great game for improving executive functions in game play for kids. In fact, it even involves some physical activity and comedy too – they love my impression of Grandma!

2. Know!

Are you fed-up of knowing all the answers to Trivial Pursuit? Well, try Know!

Know takes a twist on classic general knowledge games, and it’s a game-changer. That’s because it works with your Google Assistant so the answers are always up-to-date. Clever questions such as “Who is the best-selling artist of all time?” mean that the answer will always be the right one!

Of course, it’s a general knowledge game, but that makes it great for exercising your memory skills whilst having simple rules that everyone can enjoy. It’s a genius idea and fantastic use case of Google Assistant that doesn’t involve shouting at your speakers to turn off the loudest timer in the world.

It’s one of my favorite board games of all time thanks to its innovative use of modern technology, taking classic games to a new level.

3. Pandemic

Pandemic is a popular board game among people with ADHD. In this game, you’re trying to stop an epidemic from spreading across the globe by using cards to build cities, research cures, and buy supplies.

Averaging a gameplay length of 45 minutes means it also doesn’t drag on like other games that can take hours. It’s also easy to teach and learn, which makes it perfect for families who want an engaging game that allows for critical thinking and spending time together.

Just like the Bluey game we mentioned above, it’s a co-operative board game where everyone wins or loses together. It’s a brilliant way to teach older kids how to manage their own resources and make tactical decisions that benefit everyone!

4. Twister

We’re including this one for nostalgic value. If you’ve got excess energy to burn, then this is the game for you. Channel your boundless energy as you try to stay upright while everyone else becomes entangled underneath you in a web of bodies full of festive food!

Twister is a fast-paced party game that requires players to work together to avoid being caught under each other. It’s a fun game for adults and kids alike and is perfect for those looking for something different to do at Christmas parties.

Definitely a game for those who want to improve their physical dexterity as well as their concentration skills to try and work out how to place their left hand on yellow without slipping!

5. Herd Mentality

Herd Mentality is a board-game meets card-game that engages your cognitive skills and critical thinking. In this game you have to try and guess the same answer as everyone else. Even if you know the answer, and it’s obscure, trying to make sure you write the obvious answer is a challenge in itself!

The game has been designed to help children and adults develop their ability to think critically and logically. The more you play, the better you get at guessing the right (or wrong) answer!

6. Emotional Rollercoaster

Emotional Rollercoaster is actually an anger management game that encourages children and adults alike to discuss their emotions and learn more about themselves. It’s one of the more advanced games in terms of its innovative take on the board game genre.

Kids and adults with ADHD are known to have trouble regulating emotions which can affect their quality of life as well as their professional life later on. So playing a game like Emotional Rollercoaster can be a marvelous way of bringing everyone together, especially families who struggle with their emotions.

7. Wit’s End

For the heavily intellectual loved one with cognitive abilities out of this world and an innate curiosity, take a look at Wit’s End.

Wit’s End is a lateral-thinking game that tests your cognitive skills, attention skills and executive functioning skills as you make your way to the middle of the board by solving riddles and puzzles.

It’s a brilliant game for anyone looking for something a little more stimulating and challenging during the festive season!

Burn Off Excess Energy and Stop Your ADHD from Getting “Bored”!

These are just a small selection of the dozens of games out there that are marvellous for anyone with ADHD. So whatever festival you’re celebrating in the coming weeks and months, there’s something for everyone to enjoy – even the most distracted minds!

Keep reading our articles for more inspirational ideas for spending time with loved ones!

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30-Something Millennial with ADHD and suspected Autistic and Dyspraxic. Thought leader behind this website. Big visions of a better future for everyone, but forgets where he is half the time.Loves Rugby, his kids, and anything silly. Hates U2 and Marmite.

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