I come from a game-playing family.
Playing board games, card games, and any other fun games are ways to connect with other people in a lighthearted way while also developing critical thinking skills such as memory, strategy, literacy, arithmetic, visual patterns, and more.
Besides, who doesn’t love playing games? I love games. I think all kids love games. When I go visit my 87 year old Grandma, she loves playing games.
Games are just plain fun.
The Best Kids Board Games and Card Games
These are some of the best kids board games and card games with recommendations by age—toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. A great list of our favorite family games!
The best games for toddlers
- Goodnight Moon game :: A matching game based on our favorite Margaret Wise Brown book.
- Thinkfun Roll and Play :: An active play game for toddlers and their grown-ups.
- Hello Sunshine Game :: Another fun toddler game by Think Fun; hide and seek with the sunshine plush.
- First Orchard :: Toddlers cooperate to collect wooden fruits in a basket before the raven eats them.
- Other games from your lap as part of your team
The best games for preschoolers
- Bingo :: We especially love the picture bingo games made by eeBoo, such as this Storefront Bingo game.
- The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game! :: All the young children we know love playing this game!
- Memory :: I think eeBoo’s I Never Forget a Face matching game is the best one of it’s kind out there.
- The eeBoo card games such as Go Fish, Crazy Eights, and Animal Rummy :: Love them all! Fun, artful, and memorable.
- Richard Scary’s Busytown Eye Found It! Game :: Such a fun one!
- The Fairy Tale Spinner Game :: Encourage their imagination and storytelling with a game of make-your-own fairy tales.
- Spot It and Spot It, Junior Animals :: My preschooler LOVES Spot It and actually prefers the regular version.
- Hoot Owl Hoot :: Kids cooperate to get the baby owls back to their nest in the center of the board.
- Count Your Chickens :: Another cooperative game by Peaceable Kingdom; players work together to return the baby chicks to their coop.
- Gobblet Gobblers :: Like tic-tac-toe but more fun. The pieces can gobble up other pieces!
TIP :: These card holders are genius in helping little hands hold cards as well as everyone else around the table.
Luckily they are inexpensive!
Definitely buy one for your littles. And include one when giving a gift of a kiddo card game.
The best games for school-age children
- Catan Junior :: Catan Junior is a great strategy and world-building game for kids and a good intro to the Settlers of Catan family of games.
- Suspend :: Such a fun balancing game!
- Ticket to Ride :: Build train routes and travel around the country in what is one of the most popular board games ever.
- Qwirkle :: Match colors and shapes in this visually attractive strategy game. A new favorite in our family!
- Sleeping Queens :: This card game was an instant hit with both my kids and remains a favorite.
- IQ Twist :: A one-player game that challenges spatial reasoning and logic. Both my 9yo and my husband have gone through phases of being addicted to this game.
- Set :: Called “the family game of visual perception,” this is a game in which players identify matching patterns across different cards.
- Uno :: A classic and still a winner!
- Skip Bo :: A sequencing card game by the makers of Uno.
- Spot It :: A fast-faced matching game that kids love!
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How about you? What are your family’s favorite games for kids?
We are always looking for new ideas for kids games that challenge and entertain at the same time! (And I don’t think I speak just for myself here…)