My Note #10 on the blog this week is 15 Best Board Games for Kids. We’ve had so many snow days, long weekends and holidays since January that we’re running out of things to do at home. We can’t really go outside much when temperatures are -40, so the next best thing is finding activities for me and my siblings to enjoy indoors.
My mom has a list of indoor things that we all enjoy doing during the winter months. Movies, puzzles, and good old board games. I have to tell you though, most of the time these end with us siblings fighting but that’s another post for another day. You can compile a list at your home with things to do when you’re snowed in too. Most of these can be DIY stuff or just get it from Amazon.
15 Best Board Games For Kids
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Monopoly is one of my brother’s favorite game on the list. It’s the fast-dealing property trading game where players buy, sell, dream and scheme their way to riches.
There are tons of different versions of the Monopoly board games.
2. Monopoly Junior
Monopoly Junior is more suited for kids 5 years and older. Also comes in different versions. The Monopoly Junior game designed for younger players is fast, simple, and features kid-friendly properties.
Ok, so Candyland is definitely one of my favorites. Start down the colorful road to sweet surprises in this classic Candy Land game that features the fun illustrations and gingerbread man movers that kids love. Perfect for ages 3+. There is also a Disney Princess version as well 🙂
Jenga isn’t quite a board game but it’s still a fun game I wanted to include in this list. It’s the perfect game for everyone, with edge-of-your-seat, gravity-defying action. See different versions of Jenga here.
5. Trouble Game
The Trouble Game is perfect for ages 5+ and great for different levels. Pop into the racing, chasing game where everyone’s in Trouble! Set up your pegs and then hit the Pop-O-Matic die roller.
The Connect 4 game challenges a friend to rule the grid in Connect 4 Classic Grid, the game where strategy drives the competition! Line ‘em up and go for the win! Choose the gold discs or the red discs and drop them into the grid. When you get 4 discs in a row, you win. It’s simple, fast, and fun.
7. Scrabble Junior
This Scrabble Junior game is perfect for younger kids and is packed with kid-sized words. What a great way for kids to play America’s favorite word game!
Sorry! game is a sure favorite at our house. Slide, collide and score to win the game of Sorry! Draw cards to see how far you get to move one of your pawns on the board. If you land on a Slide you can zip to the end and bump your opponents’ pawns – or your own!
9. Charades For Kids
Operation is the funniest board game I’ve ever played. Operation is perfect for ages 5 and up. Players get to be “the doctor” and make Cavity Sam better or get the buzzer.
Check out the Despicable Me 3 Edition Operation game as well.
11. The Game of LIFE
We haven’t played The Game of LIFE yet, it’s on our list for this summer. Here’s the breakdown: Who will be a video game designer, a Secret Agent, or perhaps an inventor? In the game of life game players can make their own exciting choices As they move through the twists and turns of life. This edition includes 31 Career cards to choose from. Move the car token around the gameboard from start to retirement, and experience unexpected surprises, family, vacations, and other milestones of life. Go to College, choose a career, take the family path, have kids, take a ski trip or see what happens when unexpected twists change the game until retirement. Who’s headed for wealth and fortune? Play, spin to win and find out! Once everyone reaches the end of the game at retirement, everyone pays their debts and adds up their wealth. The player with the most money at the end of the game wins!
12. Chutes & Ladders
My little sister’s favorite board game is Chutes and Ladders, she can play all day long and usually wins 🙂 It was my first game too and I still love it so much.
Battleship is a strategic board game my brother and dad play. Age 7 and up. It includes 2 planes in addition to ships, for exciting aircraft combat. In head-to-head battle, players search for the enemy’s fleet of ships and aircraft and destroy them one by one. With convenient portable battle cases and realistic looking naval crafts and planes, the Battleship game puts players right in the middle of the action.
Check out the Star Wars edition here.
14. Chess/Checkers/Backgammon Set
This Chess/Checkers/Backgammon Set is 3 classics in one box. A classic collection of family favorites. Double sided game board, 30 plastic checkers, Staunton chess pieces, dice, and instructions. For 2 players, ages 8 and up. If you’re a Harry Potter fan, then you’ll love the Harry Potter Chess set.
15. Go Fish
Go Fish is considered more of a card game but still another one of our favorites. The art on the cards is fun, friendly and fresh and best of all perfect for younger players like my little sister who is only four. The cards are really sturdy too.
These are all the best board games for kids of all ages to have fun with? Did you have a favorite? Check below for some other recommendations too.