Top 20 Best Board Games for Kids
We all know that the Egyptians built a civilization, which had no equal in the ancient world. It is also known that they played board games. Is there any connection between these two facts? Most likely there is because board games develop logics, strategic thinking, visual memory, attention, imaginative thinking, and mathematical mind.
Many psychologists and methodologists recommend playing board games with children. It’s both a wonderful possibility to spend quality time with the kids and a unique opportunity for the development of important skills in children.
You need several participants to play a board game — so children learn to communicate with each other, to follow the rules and to adequately perceive both victory and defeat. Board games contribute to the formation of many personal qualities in kids.
Here is our Top 20 Best Board Games for Kids Review.
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|Connect 4 Game||5 years and up||2 players|
|Mancala||6 years and up||2 players|
|Match It! Farm Bingo||4 years and up||2 -4 players|
|Jenga||5 years and up||2 — 5 players|
|Blokus||7 years and up||2 — 4 players|
|Qwirkle||7 years and up||2 — 4 players|
Connect 4 Game
Connect 4 Game is a classic board game for two players. It’s a must have if you have 2 kids. They will spend hours playing the game!
Gameplay: each player chooses a color (red or yellow) and the players take turns dropping discs into a grid. The aim of the game is to form a vertical, horizontal, or diagonal line of four discs of the chosen color.
The game is an abstract strategy, which develops logical and strategical thinking. The playing time is usually 1 — 10 minutes.
Mancala is a 2 player strategy board game, which is also classical. The name of the game mancala comes from the Arabic word meaning «to move». The game is very popular in some African and Asian countries.
Gameplay: Mancala board has 12 pits in the middle and 2 houses on each side. The players begin by placing a certain number of stones (usually 3 or 4) in each of the pits on the board. In turns, players remove all stones from a pit and place one stone in each of the following pits in sequence. The aim is to capture more stones than your opponent.
Mancala develops memory and problem-solving skills.
Match It! Farm Bingo.
Farm Bingo is a board game for beginning readers. It is designed to give your kids first pleasant learning experience. The board game includes game cards and word cards.
Gameplay: The task of the players is to correlate the word with the picture. If the kids can’t read yet, you can help them. In any case, soon they will develop visual memory and will be able to play independently. If kids have some reading skills, then there is no need to help.
The game enriches vocabulary, improves reading skills and visual memory.
Jenga is one of the most popular board games in the world. Four generations in a row enjoyed it and your kids will.
Gameplay: You have 54 wooden blocks. To start the game you need to build a tower of 18 floors. Each floor consists of three blocks, laid close or parallel to each other. After the tower is built, the game begins. The players pull the blocks out in turns. The loser is one in whose turn the tower collapsed. If only a few blocks have fallen, players can continue the game.
Jenga is highly recommended for kids as it promotes hand-and-eye coordination, strategy, and patience.
Blokus is an abstract strategy board game. This game requires you to think a few steps ahead. It’s quick and easy.
Gameplay: You have a square board divided into 20 rows and 20 columns and 89 game tiles of various shapes. All the shapes are of four colors. Each player has his/her own color. At the beginning of the game, four pieces of different colors are placed in the four corners. Then, in turns, players place one piece so that it touches at least one piece of the same color. When you can’t place a piece, you pass. The game ends when no one can place a piece. Then you should count the score. Your score is based on the number of squares of your color on the board (for example, a tetromino is worth 4 points). If a player managed to place all his / her pieces on the board, he gets a bonus, which depends on the last shape he used.
The game helps your kids develop tactical thinking.
Qwirkle Board Game
Qwirkle is truly one of the best board games for kids. It is a tactical strategy, very engaging and easy for kids. Qwirkle is a set of 108 blocks featuring six different shapes of six different colors. Adding blocks to the field, players try to build lines with at least one common feature — same color or shape. Such lines give you victory points.
Gameplay: Place the tiles in the bag and mix them thoroughly. Each player then randomly draws 6 tiles out of the bag. During his/her turn, a player may either place one or more tiles on the table or exchange one or more tiles for other random tiles from the bag. Players should end each turn with 6 tiles in their hand, so if a player places tiles, he/she needs to draw random tiles out of the bag to build the hand back up to 6 tiles.
Qwirkle Board Game is useful for developing problem-solving skills as well as color and spacial recognition.
|HedBanz Game||5 years and up||2 — 6 players|
|Charades for Kids||7 years and up||4 — 10 players|
|Pictionary Game||8 years and up||4 — 8 players|
|Mermaid Island||5 years and up||2 — 6 players|
|Latice||5 years and up||2 — 6 players|
|Spot it!||5 years and up||2 — 8 players|
|Carcassonne||5 years and up||2 — 5 players|
This is a variation of «Who am I?» game. The idea is to ask questions to guess your own identity. It is one of the fun board games, which can be played both by children and adults.
Gameplay: This board game contains many picture cards. A card featuring some animal or an object is placed on the head of each player so that everyone except for the player knows who or what he/she is. Kids ask questions, usually yes/no questions to guess the word. Each round lasts for one minute (a sand-clock timer is included). The first person to guess wins. The last — loses.
HedBanz Game will develop logical thinking, communication and deductive skills in your kids.
Charades for Kids
I think you are familiar with the concept of charades.
Gameplay: It is a guessing game. The aim is to explain a word or a phrase that you have on your card to the rest of your team without words, only by acting it out. The players have a limited amount of time to guess the word. Keeping score is simple. If your team guessed the phrase, you get a point.
Charades are a great way for kids to learn and develop their communication and socialization skills. Following the rules is a nice way to teach kids discipline. Charades also teach children teamwork.
Pictionary game is one of those cool board games, which can make any party unforgettable. Kids like it because the game is a mixture of drawing, guessing and having fun.
Gameplay: It is a charades-inspired guessing team game. One needs to draw a picture to explain a word or a phrase to the teammates. To start playing you need a game board with squares. Each square has a letter or a shape to identify the type of picture the player must draw. The aim of the board game is to be the first team to reach the last square on the board. A one-minute sand-timer is used to compel players to rapidly complete their drawing and guessing.
The game helps kids quickly identify the main characteristics of any object, which is important for further studying when you are to pick the main idea of whatever.
Mermaid Island is a cool board game that teaches kids cooperation and social skills. This board game is mainly for girls.
Gameplay: Following the instructions, kids should cooperate to help the mermaids get to Mermaid Island. There is no competition in this game: if kids manage to help the mermaids — everybody wins, if not — everybody loses.
The idea that kids play against a common obstacle, not against each other made the game very popular. In fact, it is one of the most popular board games for girls in the US nowadays.
Playing the Mermaid Island board game the kids will learn how to follow directions. They will also develop communication and strategy skills. This cooperative board game eliminates stress and helps build self-esteem.
Latice Board Game
Latice is new board game for those who like strategy games. Kids like it because it’s interesting and rather simple to master, adults like it because it helps develop cognitive recognition and planning skills in children.
Gameplay: You have an amount of tiles featuring various animals of different colors. The players are to place the tiles on the board according to some rules. The first player to play all her/his tiles wins.
This game is very much alike the Qwirkle Board Game, which we reviewed above.
This is a real hit among the kids, who like board games. This is a simple game, which helps to develop attentiveness.
Gameplay: There is a set of 55 cards with pictures. The players are to search for the matching items. The most attentive and fastest takes the card. The rules can be explained in a minute. The game is really funny.
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Carcassonne Board Game
«Carcassonne» — one of the most popular board games in the world. The game creators were inspired by a real medieval fortified city of Carcassonne in the south of France. The game takes us back to the Middle Ages.
Gameplay: during the game, you will build medieval castles, monasteries, and roads to earn points. You can also destroy your rivals' buildings or roads.
Each game lasts for 30−40 minutes. You may also like the option «Carcassonne. Hunters and Gatherers «, where instead of the Middle Ages, players go to prehistoric times to fish and hunt wild animals.
Interesting fact: Carcassonne world championships are held yearly.
|10 Days In The USA||8 years and up||2 — 4 players|
|Blurt||7 years and up||3 — 12 players|
|Brain Quest Smart Game||6 years and up||2 — 4 players|
|Bananagrams||7 years and up||2 — 8 players|
|Fraction Formula Game||8 years and up||2 — 4 players|
|Wizard Roll||7 years and up||2 — 6 players|
|Sum Swamp Game||5 years and up||2 — 4 players|
10 Days In The USA
This educational board game will help your kids learn the US states and state capitals.
Gameplay: During the game, you are to plan a trip across the USA. You can use various destinations and ways of traveling (by plane, by car, on foot). The aim is to outwit your opponent travelers and to make a well-planned trip using possible travel connections.
10 Days In The USA game will be useful for developing strategical thinking and planning.
Blurt is a good boarding game that will enrich your vocabulary and improve quick thinking. The game is widely used in Speech Therapy. There are different versions of the game - for junior players and for adults. It is an excellent educational party game for kids and adults alike.
Gameplay: Players or teams are rewarded for vocabulary recall. One player reads out a word definition and other players must guess the word by its definition. The player who goes the distance on the game board and then gets back to the starting point wins!
The board game is easy in highly useful for developing language skills. Blurt will test your trivia knowledge a bit in addition to your vocabulary.
Brain Quest Smart Game
Playing this educational board game your kids will learn a lot of new facts from History, Science, Art, and Geography.
Gameplay: Kids draw a card with a question of their own level. The task is to answer the questions correctly. The best about this game is that each card has questions corresponding to 6 levels, so kids of different ages can play together.
The game is very educational. It develops language skills and spelling skills in particular. One more advantage of the board game is that it does not need much space like many other board games in huge boxes.
Gameplay: players race against each other in building crossword grids using the letters available.
Fraction Formula Game
To my mind, this game is a must for every child. It is not the best or the funniest board game in the world, but if your kid has this game at home, he/she will not experience any difficulties with fractions, which is very important to be successful in Maths. Fraction Formula Game helps visualize and understand the meaning of fractions.
Gameplay: Players take turns picking cards to fill their cylinder to «1» without going over.
Wizard Roll Board Game is a great educational family game. The game is about crafting spells through dice rolls and card collection. This is the king of a game when you are learning things without realizing that you are learning. This is important for kids who don’t like studying, isn’t it?
Gameplay: each player gets two random spell cards and keeps them secret so their rivals don’t guess your goals. When it’s your turn you roll the dice to gather symbols which are ingredients for your spell. As soon as some of the players completes the spell, the round ends. The player announces his/her spell and is awarded the card. All other players return their cards to pile. The tiles and chips are returned to the box. The game continues until someone reaches 7 points!
Sum Swamp Game
Sum Swamp is an educational board game for those kids who want to master addition and subtraction. The game develops basic math drills.
Gameplay: The players roll three dices (two with numbers and one with + or -) to determine the number of moves. Therefore, the game encourages kids to use their basic adding and subtracting skills to move across the board. The player who first gets to the end is the winner.
The game also introduces kids to the concept of odd and even numbers.
Have you known that…
- The oldest board game is the ancient Egyptian «Senet»
- Go is the only board game in which the computer cannot defeat a human.
- The Campaign for North Africa is one of the longest-running board games. It takes about a thousand hours or about 42 days of non-stop play to finish the game.
- In 2011, the first edition of «Monopoly» was sold for 145 thousand dollars.
There are a great many of nice board games. Which is your favorite? Please, share your experience in the comments; it will be interesting for us and useful for our readers to learn about any new board games!