This classic game is a family favourite, but more than that, it’s a game that’ll improve many skills. From pattern recognition to numbers and colours, this card game will ensure the youngest at the table are learning. $6.93 on Amazon.ca.
A game that seems low-key but fosters healthy competition in all of its players, Connect 4 will nurture critical thinking skills and the ability to divide and focus one’s attention. $19.99 on Amazon.ca.
Is there any board game enthusiast who doesn’t own this iconic game? If so, grab this one to provide your family with not just a fun night, but introductions to financial concepts such as planning, saving, and budgeting. $25.59 on Amazon.ca.
This game, with its many ships, also betters many necessary skills: reasoning, problem-solving, deductive skills, and memory reinforcement. $17.65 on Amazon.ca.
Scrabble brings with it a double-whammy on the learning front: math and English components help reinforce and improve basic math skills, spelling, reading, strategy, and word recognition. $22.00 on Amazon.ca.
For the politically savvy and politically disinterested alike, Risk is a game known for its emphasis on ‘cause-and-effect’, and forces players to consider the consequence of every action. $32.49 on Amazon.ca.
Pandemic is a great gift idea if you want to build cooperation and teamwork amongst the players, whether that be your family, friends, or coworkers. $46.84 on Amazon.ca.
It’s fitting that this game known for its feel-good vibes and self-esteem boosting effect was created by Canadians. Totem is a great choice for anyone who wants to spread a little positivity. You’ll learn a lot about how others see you, how you see yourself, and gain a boost all the while. $24.95 on Amazon.ca.
Test your physics knowledge with this Genius Games creation. From particles to atoms to the many elements on the table, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the workings of the world. $34.99 on geniusgames.org.
Build on your understanding of biology and learn about the ecosystems around you to a minute level. Tons of new facts await you with this game. Spoiler alert: the mitochondria is indeed the powerhouse of the cell. $39.99 on geniusgames.org.
Bond with your family and friends over chemical bonds. This game will ensure your cottage game nights are informative, education, and most importantly, a great time. $19.99 on geniusgames.org.