Toy Insider Associate Editor Maddie Michalik was on NBC Detroit’s “Live in the D” to show off some of the best board games that the whole family can enjoy this holiday season. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below, and for the complete rundown of the best toys of the holiday season, be sure to check our complete Toy Insider Holiday Gift Guide.


FISH FEUD (BUFFALO GAMES)

It’s feeding time! Launch squishy fish through the mouth of the Big Fish- to the player on the other side in this two player game.

  • Both players race to simultaneously clear their side of all fish to win.
  • Any fish that arrive on one side must be sent back before that player can win, so they have to keep launching as fast as they can.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: All major retailers (Amazon, Target, Walmart)

TIC TAC TONGUE (YULU)

 

  • Put on the lizard mask and get ready for a game of skill and speed.
  • One player flips over a number card. The other two players face off to knock down the correct insect card.
  • The lizard that knocks down the most insects the fastest wins!
  • Each Tic Tac Tongue game comes with four lizard masks with washable mouthpieces and tongues, 10 target cards, 10 game cards, and game rules.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $17.99
  • Available: Target

FLYING SUSHI KITCHEN (REDWOOD VENTURES)

  • Roll into the new Flying Sushi Kitchen action game from RedwoodVentures! Whether you love sushi or not – Flying Sushi Kitchen is sure to cause a ruckus at kitchen tables everywhere.
  • Flying Sushi Kitchen puts your competitive skills to the test as you pluck pieces of floating sushi rolls from mid-air, which stream from the bamboo shoots, in a mad dash scramble to fill your sushi order and rack up enough tickets to beat the competition.
  • Use the special, kid-friendly chopsticks to fill your order before time runs out. Add a little wasabi and ginger, don’t miss the spicy tuna roll, nab that smoked salmon, and hurry!
  • Flying Sushi Kitchen includes bamboo shoots, sushi rolls, and chopsticks for 5 players.
  • Ages: 5+    
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Walmart

TUMBALL (UNIVERSITY GAMES)

  • This nerve-wracking bead-stacking game teaches kids about balance and weight while refining their fine motor skills.
  • Appealing to both children and parents, this strategy game is fun for the whole family!
  • To win Tumball, carefully place all your white beads on top of the suspended colorful balls using the wand. With every bead you add, the colorful balls become more unstable. If you push your luck too far or make one false move…TUMBALL!
  • You must add the fallen beads to your collection. Get rid of all your beads to win!
  • The package includes 14 colored balls, 24 white beads, 7 hangers, 4 wands, 2 assembly rings, 1 base, 1 arm, 1 hook, 1 ring and Instructions.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Amazon, Walmart, Meijer, Fred Meyer, Learning Express

SNOT IT (KD GROUP)

  • Snot It is the gross game of boogey fun! To start, each player puts on a pair of snot glasses with icky sticky snot dripping from them
  • When it’s your turn, spin the spinner to find out which color boogers you need to try to pick up from the booger bowl
  • Wind up the booger bowl and let it spin—then try to pick up the right boogers using only your sticky snot! You only get to keep your boogers if you pick up exactly what you spun.
  • Beware the purple boogers! If someone accidentally picks one up, everyone has to yell “SNOT IT!” as quick as they can. The first player to yell keeps the purple booger, while the last player must return one of their boogers to the bowl
  • The first player to collect 10 boogers wins!
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99
  • Available: Amazon

HANDIMONIUM THE TINY HANDS GAME (MATTEL)

  • How much thought do you give to how useful your hands are? This hilarious game lets you challenge your friends to simple tasks that become outrageously difficult when players must perform them wearing tiny hands.
  • Start by flipping the first instruction card (good luck with that.) Can you fill a cup with household objects? Can you act out charades clues? You’ll find out how tricky seemingly simple actions can be when you’re working with hands that aren’t your own—tiny hands. And when you succeed: High Five.
  • Game comes with two sets of tiny hands (plus some bonus paws and tentacles) and challenge cards.
  • Age: 13+
  • It’s feeding time! Launch squishy fish through the mouth of the Big Fish- to the player on the other side in this two player game.
  • Both players race to simultaneously clear their side of all fish to win.
  • Any fish that arrive on one side must be sent back before that player can win, so they have to keep launching as fast as they can.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $14.99
  • Available: All major retailers (Amazon, Target, Walmart)