Best Board Games for Young kids

best board games for kids

Best Board Games for Kids

Board games are a relaxing way to build a solid learning foundation. Kids can practice basic math & reading skills as well as social skills like cooperation, sharing and taking turns!

One way to start practicing is with board games. I introduced these to my son when he turned 3 (on a we’ll see how it goes basis) and we have been practicing them ever since.  I noticed the older he gets the more he really enjoys them. So much that we have begun collecting games and have a family game night.

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Board Games Ages 3 and up:

preschool board games

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel

This game is a lot of fun and definitely one of our favorites! Kids practice taking turns, matching colors and fine motor skills (picking up colored acorns with tongs & flicking a spinner). There is a feature of this game we waited to introduce… if you spin a “sneaky” squirrel you can take one of the other players acorns. We’ve been playing for about 6 months (without “sneaky squirrel” & just introduced it. He wasn’t super thrilled about it when his acorn was taken but he was super excited to spin it himself! This board game has small parts so it’s not safe to play with baby sisters or brothers around.

Spot It Jr.

Is another great board game for kids! They look at 2 different cards & try to find the similar attribute (same animal). My son loves this game too but I think it’s because he usually wins. (Kids are generally better at finding things than adults!)

Snug as a Bug in a Rug

This game practices counting, colors, shapes and cooperation. There are separate directions for preschool age and Kindergarten which is nice if you have either or. If you have both age groups in your household I would establish family rules (that are fair enough for the little one but not too boring for the older siblings).

Stack it Up

This game practices counting, fine motor skills, hand- eye coordination & also has scaffolded directions based on age.

Melissa & Doug Picture Dominos

this is a preschool take on the traditional game we all know. I bought it because it’s a really good way for little kids to practice subitizing (recognizing numbers in dot picture form without counting). We are still learning that skill so in the meantime this game helps us practice counting, matching and taking turns. My son loves the pop up spinner this game comes with. Before you play this game it would be great to talk about numbers and do a small number sort (match written form of numbers 1-3 to start with the corresponding number of objects.

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Richard Scarry’s Busytown

Busy, Busy Airport I bought this because the kids are encouraged to move around during the game. Most board games you sit the entire time. Super cool for busy kids! You place the destination boards around the room & the kids drop a dice down a tower that rolls for them & they load up those plane and “fly” over to it. They practice following directions & taking turns. The player to collect the most souvenirs wins. This board game has small parts so it’s not safe to play with baby sisters or brothers around.

Connect 4

Classic 2 Player game for ages 3 and up. Similar to tic-tac-toe players try to match four chips in a row. This board game has small parts so it’s not safe to play with baby sisters or brothers around.

Board Games for ages 5+ & up to enrich learning at-home

Reading

 Zingo

This sight word reading game is an award winning early reading game for Kindergarten- Grade 2. It’s BINGO for early reading. They have several variations of this game including numbers & word building (early spelling).

Snap it Up

Is an early reading game that focuses on building words with word families (contains 90 cards) that can be independent or multi-player.

Silly Sentences

Who doesn’t love a good silly sentence?!? This is actually a puzzle but super fun to be silly AND learn correct grammar at the same time!

Sight Word Swat

Just like it sounds… one of the 220 Dolch sight words is called out and kids find and swat the correct “fly” (sight word). This game is color coded by grade level sight words.

Rhyming Puzzle

Super simple puzzle and an important reading skill!  “If you can spell hat, you can spell cat”.

MATH

Zingo 1,2,3

Think BINGO for numbers! This is a super fun way to enrich learning number recognition for preschoolers or Kindergarten.

Monopoly Jr.

The little sister/ brother version of the timeless classic!

Sum Swamp

Fun addition and subtraction game (get the older version with the square spaces- if you can find it) otherwise be prepared to end the loops yourself instead of expecting the game to end on its own.

Family Board Games for “big” kids (ages 7 & up)

Banana Grams

Classic spelling game is fun for the whole family. This is a spelling anagram game and not technically a board game but it is a great way to practice spelling & makes a great gift!

Money Bags

Coin value and money recognition game for ages 7 and up where players count, collect and exchange money. This awesome game has won 5 awards and is a favorite among homeschoolers!

Proof!

Ages 9 and up this award winning math game builds mental math fluency.

 5 Second Rule 

A family board game ages 10 and up this 3+ player board game. One player reads a card and has 5 seconds to name things in that category. For example: “name ways to keep in touch with someone”. The categories have different levels of difficulty so if you have younger players they will have the opportunity to answer questions correctly.

Spontuneous

A word is given and players sing any tune thy know with that word in the lyric. 4-10 player teams are recommended for this Amazon Best Seller!

Quirkle

A mix, match and strategy game with 2-4 players. The simplicity of this game allows younger players (6 and up) to play.

Sequence

A Card and Board game mixed into one. Markers are placed as you play a card so it is a little like Bingo as well, you win when you get 5 in a row. This game is best for ages 7 and up this game supports 2-10 players.

There is a Kids Version of this as well for players 3 years and up!

Telestrations

Multi-award winning game that is just like the name suggests it blends the classic telephone game with illustrations. Minimum of 4 players are required and it is sold in many different versions including 6, 8 and 12 players.

Have a favorite I didn’t mention? Let me know!

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