12 Best Board Games for Kids – Reviews

Top-Rated Board Games for Kids and Adults

Our Top 3 Picks

Educational Insights Snacky Squirrel Board Game for Kids

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Never worry about complicated rules! It resembles Hi Ho Cherry-O but uses acorns for a whole lot of a cuter experience that both engages the children and teaches them social skills, critical thinking and the concept of colors and matching.

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Most Popular Family Game by Melissa & Doug Suspend

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Who would have thought that physics can be this enjoyable for all ages? The Suspend Game will keep everyone, kid or adult, suspended on their seats as they try to balance safe metal rods on top of one another. Anticipation and outrageous excitement? Check.

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ThinkFun Roll and Play Game for Toddlers

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Within the six sides of the die, you get 6 sides of essential learning areas the little ones will surely enjoy – all packed in a colorful array of cuteness and adorability. The plush die contains cards that ask children to do tasks to help them learn the basics offered in each area.

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The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

Educational Insights The Sneaky

Age: 3 and 4-year olds.

Players: Up to 4 players.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel is a children’s board game for 3 and 4-year olds, or even for older kids, that features hungry forest friends collecting acorns, aimed to teach toddler identifying and learning colors while developing strategic and logic skills. It consists of 1 Squirrel Squeezer, 20 colored acorns, 1 spinner, 4 logs, and a board with a box that also acts as storage for easier handling even during travel.

What We Like

Truly a great educational game, The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel by Educational Insights takes inspiration from a popular game for preschoolers called Hi Ho Cherry-O. This fun board game engages kids with an adorable squirrel-acorn concept but puts twist as you combine luck and strategy with the results of the spinning wheel. Join your kids in fun with this interactive board game not just for 3 and 4 year olds but also for all ages.

Pros:

  • Colorful and easy to understand as a kid-friendly operation game
  • Reinforces color learning and logic
  • Cheap board game for families to play together
  • One of the coolest playing board games for toddlers
Cons:

  • Needs some upgrade for the spinner for a flawless play
  • Squirrel squeezer is too big for small hands
FAQ

What its difference to Hi Ho Cherry-O?
Instead of using numbers, this focuses on colors.

Are the logs made of cardboard?
Yes, but they are of the same sturdy construction of the box.

If I lost some acorns, can buy some extra?
Yes, you just must contact the manufacturer as they provide extra acorns.

 

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game

Age: 8-year olds to 15-year olds.

Players: Up to 4 players.

The Family Suspend is an exciting adventure that will have everyone hanging at the edge of their seats. Recommended for 8-year olds and above, this features 24 metal rods with rubber tips, a wooden base and connector, 4 frame rods and a colored dye.

A great educational game, it helps promote important development skills, which makes it a fun board game for families to enjoy together.

What We Like

Talk about unique table games and you get the Family Suspend by Melissa & Doug. The game makes you balance the unbalanced, which may be hard, frustrating and challenging for teens and adults. It might not be just one of the best board games for kids, but also a high-quality family board game for all ages.

Pros:

  • Thrilling and will keep the excitement for tweens and for all ages
  • Can be with a group of 4, especially for 8-year olds to 15-year olds
  • The newest game to challenge cognitive skills and hand-eye coordination
  • One of the top-rated board games for families
Cons:

  • Not enjoyable for 7 year old children and lower as it can be too challenging
  • Mast and support beams should be covered, too
FAQ

How long does one round last?
The length of a round depends on the dexterity and skill level of the players. On the average, it takes at least 5 minutes and ends within 10 minutes.

What material is it made of?
The pieces are made of metal with rubber ends. The base is wooden.

 

Think Fun Roll and Play Game for Toddlers: Your Child’s First Game!

Think Fun Roll and Play Game for Toddlers

Age: Toddlers (about 2 years old) to 5-year olds.

Players: Any number of players.

The Roll and Play Game consists of a colorful plush die and 48 cards. These cards are aimed to support learning areas appropriate for a very young audience – emotions, animal sounds, body parts, colors, numbers, and actions. It is recommended for kids in their late 1 year old up to preschool age and is even playable with supervising adults.

What We Like

Who would have thought that learning and youthful fun can be found in six sides? A good kids board game, the Roll and Play by ThinkFun provides endless fun and excitement. Have fun with your tiny princes and princesses with this kid-friendly operation but never worry about the future mess as the cube also serves as the cards’ storage.

Pros:

  • Easy to understand even for a “baby” just past 1-year-old
  • Encourages creativity and development of motor skills
  • 2013 Toy of the Year Finalist and winner of several awards
  • Colorful, engaging and interactive board game for toddlers and even for families to play together
Cons:

  • The cards need to be a little sturdier
FAQ

How would you wash the plush cube?
The plush cube is durable enough to withstand machine wash and air drying.

What are the cards made of?
The cards are made of very thick paper that is hard to tear. It is, however, recommended, that you let the kids play with the cards only when supervised.

Can it be played by 3 and 4-year olds?
Yes. Even older kids can play it, even up to 5-year olds. This popular game for preschoolers can be a lot of fun for them.

 

Peaceable Kingdom Count Your Chicken

Peaceable Kingdom Count Your Chickens Cooperative Board Game

Age: 3 years old and up.

Players: 2 to 4 players.

Count Your Chicken is a friendly game composed of short round times per round and colorful and cutesy chickens to collect. It is one of the awesome games for kindergarteners that can also turn as a high-quality family board game. It seems basic enough for even kids aged more than 2 years to understand but is enjoyable enough for tweens as it is a cool board game for girls and boys alike.

What We Like

Looking for the best board games for kids? Count Your Chickens might just be one of them. Nurturing a sense of cooperation among your children, the newest game by the Peaceable Kingdom not only teaches the youngster about counting skills but also shows the importance of group work. A quick play in every round is enough to keep the 3-year olds even up to the 9 year olds busy.

Pros:

  • Can be played by 3 to 9-year olds
  • Available in multicolor options
  • Friendly, awesome games for kindergarteners
  • Great educational game that enhances counting skills
Cons:

  • Consists of small parts, and parental supervision is recommended for 6-year olds and under
  • Older kids (10 and up) may find this too simple
FAQ

If I broke a piece, can this piece be bought separately?
The manufacturer provides a replacement for lost or broken pieces.

Is it a game of strategy?
Mostly, it is battle of luck, so it fair for any age group, be it 11 year olds, 13-yeaar old kids, or any adult who want to join the fun.

Are the chicks made of cardboard or plastic?
They are made of cardboard, but it is very durable.

 

Wonder Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown: Cool Board Game for Boys and Girls

Wonder Forge Richard Scarrys Busytown

Age: 5-year olds to 14 year olds.

Players: 2 to 4 players.

Forge Richard Scarry’s Busytown is a large set with many pieces to keep the fun running. It combines luck, strategy and matching skills to win the adventure. Keep your family in a cooperative spirit as you defeat the pigs in the town and watch as the children build their confidence as they say, “I found it!” for every required object they find.

What We Like

If you are familiar with Where’s Waldo and still want some more twists with it, Richard Scarry’s Busytown is the one for you. Finding top rated board games for families might be hard, but this cheap board game got it all. This children’s board game is for tweens and adults, too.

Pros:

  • Sturdy construction with a colorful picture
  • Great concept for kids who have issues with competitiveness
  • Encourages teamwork and promotes object identification and matching skills
  • Funny games for boys and girls especially for 5-year olds and 6-year olds
Cons:

  • There are a lot of very tiny pieces that can easily get lost
FAQ

What is a good alternative when the sand timer is missing?
Use a stopwatch or phone timer and set to 40 seconds. Wonder Forge also offers replacements for lost pieces.

Is it still good even after the kids know where to find the things?
Even 5-year olds and 6year olds cannot easily memorize the placements. There are a lot of items to find, and the spinner also adds to its complexity.

 

Blokus by Mattel: Great Strategy Game for All Ages

Mattel Blokus Game

Age: 5-year olds to 15 year olds.

Players: Up to 4 players.

Blokus consists of a 10 x 10 board and 84 pieces in 4 different colors. Recommended for the blooming minds of 5-year olds to the curious brains of 14-year olds and 15-year olds, this enhances strategic playing with the goal to set up the most pieces while blocking off enemies. These competitive, funny games for boys and girls of all ages is the newest game to watch out for!

What We Like

A Mensa Awardee for promoting healthy brain activity, Blokus by Mattel is a good way to get the party started. It promotes an intellectual quest on who is superior to the group as to strategizing to build your blocks while preventing enemies to build their own. Unique table games have never been this competitive and fun!

Pros:

  • Durable construction with non-toxic materials
  • Colorful blocks to engage children’s attention
  • Develops strategic and logical thinking with a competitive spirit
  • Interactive board game for families to play together
Cons:

  • This smaller version contains smaller pieces that are easier to lose
  • Some too challenging for 7-year-old kids and younger
FAQ

What is the difference between Blokus Game and the Deluxe version?
The Deluxe version is bigger. It works on a 13 x 13 board, while this version works on a 10 x 10 board.

Where is this made?
The set is made in China.

What are the pieces made of?
The blocks are made of non-toxic plastic.

 

Little Treasures Matching Letter: Family Fun Game for 3 Years & Up

Little Treasures Matching Letter Game

Age: 3 years and up.

Players: 2 or more players.

The Little Treasures Matching Game 8 letter cubes, 30 picture cards, 60 word cards with 3 and 4 letter words and helps children spell with pictures. A playing board game for toddlers, this helps up to 7-year-old kids develop their memorization, hand-eye coordination, and reading skills. This children’s board game can also be played between parent and child and form a quality time for bonding.

What We Like

It is sad to see 8-year olds and 9-year olds struggle how to read. Prevent this from ever happening to your little ones with Matching Letter from Little Treasures. Proven to be an effective enhancer of spelling skills, this great educational game is also a popular game for preschoolers and even first graders.

Pros:

  • Enjoyable, kid friendly operation game
  • Good kids board game for those who are learning to spell while developing memorization and hand-eye coordination
  • Great educational game and one of the best playing board games for toddlers
Cons:

  • Contains some choking hazard with blocks just a little bigger than dice
  • Once a tile is lost, it is hard to play
FAQ

Can children 2 years old play this?
While it may be too complex for some kids 2 years and below, some advanced 2-year olds can play this. It can also be played by 7 year old kids who have just finished preschool.

Would kindergarteners enjoy this?
This is actually one of the awesome games for kindergarteners and other preschoolers.

Can the blocks be bought separately?
No. This fun board game is only sold by the set.

 

Bounce-Off: Awesome Interactive Board Game

Mattel Bounce-Off Game

Age: 7-year olds to 14-year olds.

Players: 2 to 4 players.

Bounce-Off includes 9 challenge cards, 16 balls, and a grid. Simply follow the pattern shown on the drawn mystery card and you win! This high-quality family board game is a kid-friendly operation game that makes it playable for any age above 7. It is most enjoyed by ages 10 and up for a more fantastic challenge.

What We Like

9-year olds? 13-year olds? 14-year olds? Anyone above 7 is ready to play! One of the top-rated board games for families is a prime example of versatility and flexibility of audience. These may be fun games for boys or a cool board game for girls, but this newest game will be the champion of excitement and fierce competition, using the laws of physics and gravity to provide unending fun and enjoyment.

Pros:

  • Shifting weight and tilting board adds difficulty
  • Develops hand-eye coordination and fierce competitive spirit
  • High-quality family board game
  • More exciting than unique table games such as BeerPong
Cons:

  • Balls can easily be lost
  • Gets boring when played too often
FAQ

Is this also enjoyable for adults?
Yes. Whether you are 11-year olds, a 13-year-old tween or a 47-year old adult looking for some fun board game, Bounce-Off is for you.

Is it possible to buy more patterns?
This cheap board game does not yet come with an expansion pack for additional patterns, but the 6 patterns are enough to sustain the fun.

Are the balls small enough to swallow?
They are sized like ping pong balls and are hollow. Parental supervision is recommended up to 12 years old.

 

Hasbro Pie Face Showdown Newest Kids Game: Good for Tweens

Hasbro Pie Face Showdown Game

Age: Recommended for ages 10 and up, but can be played as early as 5 years old.

Players: 2 players.

The Pie Face Showdown is a hilarious and competitive game with a throwing arm that could launch at any time. It builds up anticipation and “creams” the losing player. It includes 1 pie thrower, 1 throwing arm, 2 chin rests, 2 splash-card masks and 1 sponge. As popularized in social media, this is one of the top-rated board games for families.

What We Like

It does not matter whether you are 12 years old or 21 years young, this is absolutely for you! Pie Face Showdown adds a competitive twist to the good kid`s board game by allowing two players play at the same time.

With repetitive mashes on the toy, it provides unlimited fun at all times. Who wants to get smeared on with a messy substance on their face? Put your game face on and get ready to rock this cool board game for girls and boys.

Pros:

  • Easy to set-up and clean
  • Hilarious and competitive game
  • One the most unique table games and funny games for boys and girls
Cons:

  • There should be some strap so that the players’ faces would not move away from the chin rests
  • Could be constructed with more durable plastics
FAQ

What is its difference with the original Pie Face?
Instead of one at a time, this engages two players simultaneously for a more competitive play.

Would space be enough for bigger kids (11-year olds and 14-year olds) to fit in?
They just need to put their chin on the hole provided, and the position of their bodies are highly adjustable.

 

Classic Operation Game: Cheap Board Game Option

Classic Operation Game

Age: 6 years and up.

Players: 1 player or with friends.

The Classic Operation Game gives life to the childhood surgeon dreams. It includes a board, tweezers, 12 plastic ailments. Player/s just have to pick a card for the operation needed to be done and earn the corresponding amount for every successful operation, that is when the “buzz” of Cavity Sam’s nose is avoided. It can be played as early as 6 years old and even to 10 and up.

What We Like

As a child, who of us didn’t play-pretend to be a doctor in a surgical operation? This Classic Operation Game gives the surgeon fantasy as children use the tweezers and other instruments to help Cavity Sam feel better. No wonder why it is a popular game for preschoolers!

Pros:

  • Wacky and colorful design to keep children’s attention
  • Introduces body parts to kids
  • Develops hand-eye coordination
  • One of the most awesome games for kindergarteners
Cons:

  • Contains choking hazard and requires supervision under 12 years old
FAQ

Does the toy produce a sound when the nose lights up?
The toy buzzes and vibrates.

Does fake money come with this good kids board game?
No. The cards, which correspond to operations in different body parts, have a monetary value marked on it to signify how much the “surgeon” earns for that operation.

Can it be used in middle school lessons?
Middle schoolers (11-year olds to 13-year-old kids) might still be intrigued but remember that it is made to target 6 years and up as an audience. The body parts are also not a very accurate representation of real body parts.

 

Hoot Owl Hoot! Award Winning Cooperative Matching Game for Preschoolers

Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot Award Winning Cooperative Matching Game for Kids

Age: 4 years old and up.

Players: 2 to 4 players.

The Hoot Owl Hoot! By the Peaceable Kingdom is a cooperative game with very good reviews for your little princes and princesses. A frustration-free pack, its players work to help the owls get back to their nests before sunrise. All the materials are made of FSC paper and non-toxic recyclable plastics to ensure safety not just for the kids, but also for the planet.

What We Like

Big eyes with cutesy face – these are the owls you would get to be with the Hoot Owl Hoot! Not just a great educational game for developing youngsters, this also includes fun and enjoyment that toddlers would never get tired of.

Play with them or make them play with their siblings aged 10 and up, and you get an effortless and subtle way to keep honing their young minds in terms of cooperation, matching, and counting.

Pros:

  • Easy to understand, color-coded and built with two levels of difficulty
  • Develops children’s social skills and strategic thinking
  • Winner of Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award and Dr. Toy Best Green Product
  • Award
  • Superb playing board games for toddlers
Cons:

  • Contains choking hazard and requires supervision under 12 years old
FAQ

Is this enjoyable for kids even without adult playmates?
Children can be very competitive, but to win a round, one must be cooperative. It takes an older person, maybe a 13-year old tween, to teach those values. Nevertheless, it is still fun whoever the playmates are.

How do you get the owls to the nest?
Use any color card to enter a corresponding nest.

 

Monopoly Junior Board Game

Hasbro Monopoly Junior Board Game

Age: Recommended for 5 to 8 years old.

Players: 2 to 4 players.

The Monopoly Junior is a fast-trading version of the traditional Monopoly, made simpler for learning kids to boost their social spirit, and critical and logical thinking. It contains a board, 4 tokens, 20 Chance cards, 48 Sold signs, 90 x M1 banknotes, 4 Who’s Your Token character cards and 1 die. It also features more adorable establishments such as pet store, candy store and video game arcade.

What We Like

Whether you are 11-year olds or 33-year olds, Monopoly would always be the most popular competitive table activity in your mind. This time, the youngsters would get the chance to monopolize the entire town!

This provides a downsize to everyone’s favorite table toy, with simpler instructions for simpler gameplay, with cuter visuals for retained attention, and with a livelier ambiance for a more vivid Monopoly experience for kids.

Pros:

  • Easier version for kids of the popular Monopoly
  • Single bank notes and fast trading
  • Enhances the highest spirit of competitiveness and develops social skills
  • High-quality family board game downsized to include the kids
Cons:

  • Contains choking hazards, might be harmful to kids younger than 3
FAQ

Does this have different denominations?
The only denomination is $1 to make it easier for a younger audience to count.

Does this contain any sound-producing and electronic parts?
No. No battery is needed for this to work, too.

Does it come with 1 board or 2 boards?
The board should be 1 piece – foldable yet connected. Contact the manufacturer or provider if you think there is some damage to your product.

 

How Young Kids Learn with Board Games

In the new modern age of technology, tablets and smart phones slowly replace the mainstream recreational source of fun for toddlers, kids and tweens alike. In an electronic age, a simple device can give you a million of apps to choose from, but this often results to a compromise for family’s quality time and even neglects the real-life values the real-life games may even teach.

Generation gap speaks volumes as to why modern children might not enjoy their simplicity and basicity, either classic or contemporary. One might even wonder if there are still people who play it.
Fortunately, some people recognize the value of games played on a board and the role they play in children’s development. Nothing beats a good quality time with them, and with this kind of toys, the kids can learn in a healthy environment.

Here are some things you should know and remember how children learn from board games:

  • As proven by scientists and psychologists, they develop important skills.

They cater to social skill development – whether it is a cooperative gameplay or a competitive one – a common characteristic of all of them. It teaches the value of patience as you wait for your turn, the importance of communicating and the ability to interact with others.

Mental development is also an offering most of these toys provide. Depending on nature and design, it can develop psychomotor abilities, ability to focus, hand-eye coordination and many others. Numbers, shapes, grouping and counting, letters and reading, and visual perception and colors are elements often incorporated into the educational board toys.

  • There is an appropriate toy for any age.

The values and skills taught by these sets, while some of them are values and skills you need your whole life, are mostly applicable only to certain ages. You would not buy a toy that teaches color for a fifteen-year-old daughter or a game that has very complex rules for your 2-year-old baby.

Always review and choose the best board games for kids according to their age and present skill level. Remember that age recommendations in the product label are just guides from general observation. If you know that the child is advanced or delayed for his or her age, choose the right kind that would address his or her needs.

  • It is always best to play with them.

As mentioned, nothing beats quality time with your loved ones. Children feel the same. They enjoy learning and playing when they are with people who love them. Show them that you care, and at the same time, enforce the lessons taught by the games themselves.

The next time you spend time for leisure with the little ones, consider having board games as the medium of fun. Not only it will provide a quality time for you and your family, it will also help the children be armed with what they need, especially that they are in their prime years of development.