In eleven years of parenting, I have played quite a few board games for kids, and I’ve wanted to “accidentally” lose the pieces to quite a few, too. You know, I’m not going to name any names, but those games where – UH-OH! – you’re two spaces from winning and you get knocked allll the way back to the beginning, thus sacrificing another 30 minutes of your life to the game gods? Those are not my favorite. But these games I am about to recommend are my favorite. There are some great board games for kids that parents actually love to play, too, and I’m going to do you a solid and list a few for you.
This game, featuring Huckle Cat and the loveable gang from Richard Scarry’s Busytown books, requires you to fly your plane and passengers to 4 different destinations (which you place in different locations around the room) to pick up souvenirs. The game board is also the box and is super-cleverly designed. This game gets you up and moving! The game involves making choices, counting, and a chance for kids to learn an early form of strategy. It’s really fun, and moves fast. My kids and I love playing this game and it never gets old. Plus, it doesn’t take too terribly long to play, so you don’t need to worry about blocking out an entire afternoon just to get through it.
This is one of my favorite games for kids! It’s fun because each player gets to be all three characters, and you win by strategically guessing and using a process of elimination skill. Kiddos have to use their brains to win! There are a lot of learning factors wrapped up into this game including colors, numbers, counting, and animals. And it stars your fave chuggers – Wilson, Koko, and Brewster. It’s very quick to play, which is one reason you won’t mind playing it over & over again with your kiddos.
My kids and I ADORE this game. It is just really fun to play! It allows your child to get physical while learning turn-taking and learning the important concept of following multi-step directions. It’s just a blast! There are lots of different pieces and accessories, but they are all large, so they aren’t hard to keep track of. Kids love The Cat in the Hat and that crazy character definitely comes through in this game!
This is one of my favorite games for kids because it’s a “cooperative” game, meaning everyone is on the same team and they all work together to win the game. It moves quickly and teaches teamwork, and is just a lot of silly fun. It’s great for younger players, and is a perfect “first game” for three and four-year-olds.
This colorful game is another one of my favorite “cooperative” games for kids. Players all work together to reach a goal and there are three different levels of play so you can make it easier or more difficult depending on the age and skill level of the players. The subject matter of the game is silly foods and in my house, this cracks up ALL the players and we spend most of the game laughing. This game gets you moving, too – I personally love games where there is a little physical activity involved. This is one my four and eight-year-olds love playing with each other or with me.
Those are some of my very favorite board games for kids which I promise that you as a parent will at least like, if not love, playing. What are some of your family favorites?