When I think back to some of my earliest memories, I think of playing Candyland and other board games with my parents and friends. These games were integral to my learning, and even to my growth as an individual. I remember when I started elementary school that there were board games available for me to play during my free time, and that some of them were downright boring. Which is why we have created a top ten of all time list of board games for kids.
Top 10 Best Board Games for Kids – All Time
Candyland is an absolute classic, and there are probably very few people that have not been exposed to it. The board itself, with its colorful and inventive places, evokes general feelings of happiness and being carefree. In this game, players draw cards that have different colored squares on them, and a player moves his piece to the next square of that color, until he reaches the end of the board. Passing through lollipop lands and gumdrop forests spark kids’ imaginations and pique their interests. The lack of strategy in this game makes it perfect for children even as young as the age of two.
2. Chutes and Ladders
What could be better than the thought of climbing a ladder to slide down a slide? The concept of this game, just like Candyland, really evokes warm fuzzy feelings. Children simply spin a dial to determine how many spaces they must move, and some spaces attach to ladders that climb higher, while others attach to chutes that send you back a number of spaces. The pure simplicity and idea of this game is perfect for any child that knows how to count. See more reviews.
3. Guess Who
In terms of board games that both cater to children and require minimal deductive skills, Guess Who is at the top of the list. In this game, two opponents draw a character card, of which there are approximately 24.
Each player has his own separate board that has a flip card for each character.
Players alternate asking each other questions about the other’s character, and the first person to correctly guess the other’s character wins.
4. Mouse Trap
The colorful playing pieces and ultimate object of this game are extremely appealing to younger children. In Mouse Trap mice-shaped playing pieces move about the board on spaces that instruct players to build part of the mouse trap or collect cheese pieces. Once the mousetrap has been completely built, whichever player traps the other players in the mousetrap first wins. The rickety stairs, metal balls, and rubber band that are all integral parts of this game are all well-loved by children and adults alike.
5. Connect Four
Connect Four is a simple game that is similar to tic tac toe in nature, and thus its simple nature caters to the younger generation. Two players alternately drop colored pieces in five different rows, and the first person to connect four pieces of their color wins. The game has a simple strategy in determining whether it will be of more benefit to block the opponent, or to strategically place one’s own piece in an advantageous location.
The unique presentation of the die in this board game is enough by itself to draw kids to the game of Trouble. Up to four players can play at a time, and players “pop” the dice inside a plastic bubble that determines how many spaces they move. Players move their four playing pieces around the board and into their home, and the first one to do so wins. The lack of strategy in this game makes it easy for children under the age of eight to play.
Sorry encourages children to learn politeness as opponents bump each other off their spaces. This four-player game requires opponents to draw numbered cards and successfully take all four of their playing pieces around the board and safely into their home spaces. Because only one playing piece can be on a space at a time, when a player lands on his or her opponent, he must say “sorry!” before sending that player back to the start. Once again, the simplicity of this game caters directly to young children.
Also known as “the classic game of India”, the utter simplicity of this game and colorful playing pieces cater to young children. Today, the game’s playing pieces are colorful animal figurines that might be found in India—water buffaloes, tigers, camels, and elephants. The object of the game is to circle the board and get all four of your players “home” by rolling the dice. Safety spaces and blockades make this objective more difficult than it seems. The very simple strategy involved in this game is perfect for young children.
In this game, players roll the dice to take turns assembling a plastic “cootie” bug, alternately attaching the legs, antennae, eyes, and other body parts. The colorful body parts and shape of the cooties themselves captivate the interest of the younger crowd. The simplicity of this game makes it easy for children as young as the age of two to play.
The board itself of Operation intrigues young children just upon looking at it, and when they see what it can do, they are entirely captivated. A cartoon character lays on an operating table with various holes in his body where small bones are placed. Players take turns trying to remove these bones without touching the metal tweezers to the outlines of the holes, because otherwise the patient’s red nose lights up and there is a jarring beep, indicating failure. This game is perfect for developing dexterity in young children. Variants include Operation Toy Story 3 and Operation Spongebob edition.
There are thousands of board games in the world, but not all of them are suitable for the younger generation. Thus games that cater directly to children are important in today’s society, as they are integral in developing dexterity, strategic skills, and deductive reasoning, as well as a plethora of other life skills.