THIS is the family board game you’ll want to gift (and three other faves) + A giveaway!

Goliath Games US/Pressman Toy sent us the games in this post to try. All opinions are my own and from the heart. 

OF COURSE my kids love their screen time. (Does blood not run through their veins?) But suggest a board game that we all play together and nine times out of ten they’re keen to give it a go. Goliath Games US/Pressman Toy just sent us some games to try and ‘tho my 9- and 11-year-old really enjoyed Sequence, Mastermind and Wordsearch (all great for their ages and entertaining enough to keep us adults off our phones), they’re OBSESSED with Googly Eyes. Like spin their heads 360 degrees obsessed. (Or maybe that’s POSSESSED. Ah whatever.) If you’re looking for something to put under the tree for kids 7 and up, THIS is the game you want to buy.

It’s like Charades, only instead of acting out a word, you’re drawing it while wearing funny-looking glasses that make it hard to see what you’re doing. Each correct guess helps players advance along the board and the first one to the finish wins.

Choosing a card and then rolling a dice will tell you which word you have to draw and how many seconds your teammate has to guess. (There’s an obnoxiously loud buzzer — the best kind! — to keep the time.) The colours on the card match the colours of the lenses you’ll need to wear while you’re drawing — green is fairly easy to see through, yellow more difficult and blue makes it almost impossible to know what you’re doing. (The lenses are easy to switch in and out of the frames.)

Lily had to wear the worst lenses for her turn here and could barely keep her pencil on the paper, let alone draw a reasonable facsimile of the word on her card. I couldn’t make heads or tails of it. When the buzzer went off she held up a piece of paper covered in chicken scratches and said, “It’s Mother Goose! How could you not guess that?”

James thought that was HILARIOUS and literally fell off his stool laughing. Between the funny looking glasses and our funny looking drawings, all of us were in stitches.

Tho it doesn’t say so in the instructions, Googly Eyes is much more fun to play in your pajamas. Especially Christmas ones with little gnomes all over them.

I can’t WAIT for you to try it and tell me what you think. Or maybe you already have? Any Googly Eyes fans reading along?


Thanks to Goliath Games US/Pressman Toy, I have all four board games to give away! One lucky reader will win Googly Eyes, Mastermind, Wordsearch and Sequence. (You could say it’s the ultimate family game night package.) To enter to win, tell me two board games that are popular at your house. This entry is mandatory.

For another entry, visit try small things on Facebook and like (or love!) this post and leave a comment, then tell me you did so and your name on Facebook in the comments below. (You don’t have to share, BUT THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING AND YOU-KNOW-WHO IS WATCHING! ALSO, if you’re not following me on Facebook, NOW IS AS GOOD A TIME AS ANY, JUST SAYING.)  

And feel free to tweet the following once per day and leave the url for your tweet in the comments below (one entry per tweet). Make sure you’re following try small things and Goliath Games US on Twitter for your entry to count.

Because super fun family board games make great holiday gifts: Enter to win four faves from @trysmallthings  CAN/US 12/16

The contest is open to Canadian (excluding Quebec) and US residents 18+ and ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 16, 2018. The potential winner (chosen at random) must respond to prize notification within 48 hours and provide the correct answer to a skill-testing question, otherwise another winner will be selected.

Good luck everybody! I can’t wait to hear about your favourite board games!

Update December 17, 2018: Congratulations Jennifer P! 

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  1. Jennifer P.

    I tweeted:
    And follow both as @JaylynneParsons

  2. Jennifer P.

    I commented on facebook as Jennifer Ward Parsons

  3. Jennifer P.

    Right now The Game of Life and UNO are the 2 most popular games in my house

  4. LeAnn Harbert

    My granddaughters like Sorry and Hi Ho Cherry O

  5. Carey Hurst

  6. Carey Hurst

    Pie in the Face , my kid is crazy for that , now they have a cannon one so we have to get that one, and our Nightmare before Christmas Operation of course ,

  7. Laura

    Monopoly and Apples to Apples are popular in our house!

  8. Dulcie Verduyn

    Scattegories and clue!

  9. Rosanne Robinson
  10. Rosanne Robinson

    Like & left a comment on the FB post – Rosanne Robinson

  11. Rosanne Robinson

    Two board games that are popular in our family are Monopoly & The Game of Life.

  12. Kathy Bowen

    Two of our favorite board games are Clue and Scrabble.

  13. Julie

    We love the games trouble and connect 4..Don’t know if my first comment went through or not..

  14. Julie

    Commented on the Facebook post.. Julie Hebb

  15. Julie

    We love connect 4 and trouble right now..

  16. Donna L

    I follow both on Twitter. @dlhaley17

  17. Donna L

    I liked you on Facebook. Donna Haley

  18. katie bellamy

    Our 2 favorite are Sorry & Trouble!

  19. Donna L

    We enjoy the games Monopoly and Clue.

  20. snowsparks38

    Monopoly and Risk are 2 board games that are very popular in my home.

  21. Elizabeth Miller

    commented elizabeth miller

  22. Elizabeth Miller

    liked the post on facebook

  23. Elizabeth Miller

    visited try small things

  24. Jeremy McLaughlin

    We like scrabble and monopoly

  25. Shakeia Rieux

    I commented on Facebook post as Shakeia Rieux.

  26. Shakeia Rieux

    Monopoly and Life are the two popular games.

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  28. amweeks

    Left a comment on your FB post! (Annmarie Dipasqua Weeks)

  29. amweeks

    We always like Aggravation and Trouble! But we also really like card games, too…like UNO & Phase 10.

  30. darleneowen

    I tweeted –
    I follow try small things and Goliath Games US on Twitter

  31. darleneowen

    I like try small things on Facebook and I like the post – DS Owen

  32. darleneowen

    We love scrabble and Monopoly.

  33. Stephanie
  34. Stephanie

    Two board games that we love our Monopoly and Sorry.

  35. Taryn T

    Two games that ar e popular at my house are Sorry and Monopoly!

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    I like you on Facebook (Vikki Billings)

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  42. Dawn Ballo

    We love Scrabble and Operation.

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  45. monique s

    I posted on facebook Melanie corning

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