Board games for kids have entered our home and are here to stay.
We’ve been itching to play board games with our family for a while, so once everyone was on board (no pun intended), we hit the ground running, seeking out what all three of our children can enjoy together.
And boy, did we find some winners! – And of course, I’ll leave the ho-hum games that we tried off this list. Why add something that doesn’t spark joy?
We’ve played and tested these games over the last year so much that I can play in my sleep.
My four-year-old, six-year-old, and seven-year-old have kept my husband and me on our toes with this collection, and I cannot wait any longer to share them with you as well.
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Why play board games with kids?
Do you remember board games as a kid? It is safe to say you do. We grew up with some fun classics! I couldn’t get enough from Clue to Mall Madness (I realize I just dated myself). Board games make the best birthday or holiday gift.
Board games teach us:
- How to win
- How to lose – and what that feels like
- Number recognition
- Number sense
- Playing by the rules
- What to do when a player cheats
- Communication skills
- Taking turns
What we learn in school may be the foundations, but playing board games allow up to put the concepts into practice!
Let’s improve on what we’ve learned through play. Board games do just that!
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How to make a board game for kids?
The funny thing is that we’ve been playing board games with our kids long before we purchased them from the store.
We got pretty great at making homemade board games with our kids that they eventually took the lead with setting it up. This rainbow DIY board game is the perfect example of how fun and simple this can be!
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Here is how to make a board game for kids:
- First, tape down your white paper.
- Use a black marker to create the game’s outline and divide the twisted circle into small sections.
- Use colored markers in a few sections of your board game with different colors. Leave a few blanks.
- Next, use three to four stickers and place them on your board.
- Mark these spaces for going backward in the game.
- Add three to four stickers and place them on your board.
- Mark these spaces for going forward in the game. Add ladders for opportunities to advance.
- Place your placeholders in the start section of the game.
- Place a deck of cards or large dice next to the board to get the game started.
Once you play a few rounds of your homemade board game, you’ll be ready to dive into more! It is incredible to watch the different variations they come up with on thier own.
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Drumroll, please! Here are the best board games for kids.
If you have been following us for some time, you understand why I need to add TROUBLE at the top of this list. TROUBLE is the first game my four-year-old feel capable of playing. This board game helps my son recognize number symbols and helps him with slowing down moving space to space. This game also teaches us that sometimes our playing piece gets sent back to the start. Losing is a skill that may take time and practice to lose graciously.
Need an easy game? Try TROUBLE.
The pot pie has gone missing and it is up to all game players to track it down before the fox reaches the end of the gameboard. Players discover clues and eliminate suspects as they play. Great game for ages 5-7.
This memory match is the BEST! We love lots of Eboo products, and this memory game takes the cake. My seven-year-old seems to swipe in and scoop up all the matches as I try to remember where I left my water bottle. – Let’s say me playing is probably a good thing for my brain! We are so hooked on memory games that we also enjoy the I Never Forget a Face variation.
No reading is required for this thinking game! Children pick a card and match their playing chip to the board. The goal is to be the first to create a sequence of four in a row.
Calling all actors and actresses! Our family cracks up when all three of my boys show off their acting skills trying to guess one another’s cards. It is delightful to watch our youngest son. His acting is on point! No reading is required because there is a picture included on each card. This game is a lot of fun for the entire family!
Have you played Monopoly with your kids? Super Mario Monopoly was our introduction to Monopoly, and I am so happy we started here. It simplified which parts and pieces are needed to advance players and purchase properties with only two coins to play. My boys also love the Mario Brothers, so this game was a winner as soon as the boys unwrapped it!
Talk about hand-eye coordination! This game has all ages holding a steady hand as the fish connects to the small fishing pole. We’ve played this game since my boys were three. It’s a great game to keep at the grandparent’s house to play together.
A friend suggested this board game for my six and seven-year-old to play. It has inspired lots of strategic thinking! The goal is to complete train routes by gathering cards of coordinating colors. We like to play this game before bedtime and get everyone involved. If you are looking for a new board game for elementary-aged children, THIS IS IT!
Another winner was suggested to us by a friend! Roll the dice and plug in the wooden circles. The goal is to fill in the missing spaces using the different puzzle pieces. Players can play this game alone or challenge a friend to see who can complete the puzzle in time. The Genius Square is SUCH a fantastic board game for elementary-aged children and beyond.
This game is easy to learn and fun for ages 4+. Build language skills by matching simple words with their image—clear instructions to play.
Jenga is another game that works well with many different ages. Stack the pieces up and carefully pull one at a time without having the tower tumble over. Steady hands and a slight risk are the focus of this game.
You may have seen this classic before. Just like Jenga, Don’t break the ice presents a fun challenge to hold a steady hand and take a little risk without causing the ice to come crashing down.
Qwirkle is a game we can introduce at a young age. The idea is to build lines by matching the tiles based on either color or shape. Younger children can play with matching tiles. Older children can deepen the play by adding spatial recognition, planning, and problem-solving skills to collect points for each line created—an excellent game to extend on concepts such as sorting objects by more than one attribute.
These are the best board games for kids!
Which game will you introduce to your family first? I cannot wait to hear which board game you pick.