Want a screen-free family fun night? Break out the word games! Word games build vocabulary and spelling skills while encouraging interaction and creativity. Plus, they’re just plain fun! Crosley and John recommend five of their favorite word games.

Play on Words. This game combines the elements of Scrabble and Anagrams. Players build words from card stacks showing available letters. The no-rush, all-face-up style of play allows for a lot of conversation and creativity. For ages eight and older.

Quiddler Junior. Fast and easy to learn. Be the first to arrange all the letter cards in your hand into one or more words. Once your kids have mastered Quiddler Junior, introduce regular Quiddler.

Boggle. The classic word-search game. Shake up the letters, flip the timer, and spot the words. The one who finds the most words before time is up wins the round. For ages eight and older. 

Splurt. This one has the best name! Kids ages ten and older will love this fast-paced game. Choose a subject card (example: animal) and a rule card (example: starts with w), then start blurting out answers!

Bananagrams. Race against your friends and family to build crossword grids. The first player to use all of their tiles is crowned Top Banana. For ages seven and older.

What are your favorite family games? Tell us in the comments.