What? Christmas is in 25 days?

We might still be living off memories of summer, but tomorrow is the start of December. Mr Claus will fall down our chimneys in a matter of weeks – gasp! – so we need to act smart. By choosing smart games.

Parents have shared toys, games and books that their kids love on Kinfo, so that you can feel inspired.

Kapla Wooden Blocks

3+ 

What do bricks make? Towers! One mum says her son has two boxes now. Which means... taller towers! Endless hours of construction guaranteed. Whoever knew that simple, old-fashioned wooden strips could delight so many. Better than lego? Leave your comments on the app.

Absolute Balderdash

10+

A fun game that requires zero knowledge. Just make up silly stories, but make them believable. This mum of 3 says it’s her family's go-to favourite whenever they have visitors.

Animal Upon Animal

3+

A challenge for siblings that won't provoke arguments. Various, beautifully crafted pieces are stacked, until they fall. Jenga with wooden animals instead of bricks, then. Recommended by a mum of 5.

Flight Simulator

10+

Fly all over the world, choosing from 3,000 airports where to land, at what speed and in what weather. Recommended by a dad of a 10-year-old, who says it’s better if the parent can play along too (hmm, better for who?!). The DVD graphics are impressive.

Bird Bingo

7+

There are 64 species of birds from around the world to spot, from the robin to the kookaburra, and 12 bingo cards (although you may need to source a few more counters if you're using them all). Also in the series are bug, dog and ocean bingo. Recommended by a mum for kids under 7.

Tech Will Save Us

10+

Music maestros/makers/movers ‘n’ shakers… If your kid hasn’t made a synthesiser by the new year then hide all their toys until they have – it'll be the story to beat all stories back in the school lunch hall. A lesson in electronic circuits and access to more projects online. Recommended by a mum of 2. 

Cranium Cadoo

7+

One for the mini creatives in the family who will love this multifaceted game. Teams can sculpt clay, solve a picture puzzle or act out a clue. "Lots of fun for kids age 7 and over," says this mum. One downside is, they are pretty pricey.

Concept

10+

Family game that has garnered heaps of award nominations worldwide. Players guess words using the association of various picture icons. Recommended by a mum of 3 who loves the fact that 10+ kids can get involved.

Munchkin Deluxe Card Game

3+

Great role play for kids, says the dad recommending it on the app. Turn into a shining knight to face mythical monsters and collect legendary treasures. Cheating is allowed!

Jingle jangle!

Have you all been jingling those bells to our Perfect Christmas Playlist?

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