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The BEST Family Board Games by Age

by Jean Van't Hul
October 23, 2021
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These are the best family board games for fun & connection with recommendations by age – toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.

Updated November 2022

Playing board games, card games, and any other fun games are great 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? Games are just plain fun.

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!

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The Best Family Board Games

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The Best Board Games for Toddlers

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  • Eric Carle Matching Game A matching game based on one of our favorite authors/illustrators. We also love this Sesame Street matching game!
  • Roll and Play – An active play game for toddlers and their grown-ups.
  • Monkey Around Game – This fun movement game teaches your child simple skills like high fives, marching and jumping!
  • 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
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The Best Board Games for Preschoolers

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The Best Family Board Games for School-Age Kids

These are some of the best family games for ages 5 and up.

  • 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.
  • IQ Twist – A one-player game that challenges spatial reasoning and logic.
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The Best Card Games for Kids of All Ages

Many of our favorite family games are actually card games!

  • We love the eeBoo card games, like Go Fish and Crazy Eights for this age! They are fun, artful, and memorable.
  • We also love Spot It and Spot It, Junior Animals – fast-faced matching games that kids love!
  • Sleeping Queens – This card game was an instant hit with all of our kids and remains a favorite.
  • 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.

TIP: These card holders are genius in helping little hands hold cards as well as everyone else around the table. Definitely buy one for your littles. And include one when giving a gift of a kiddo card game.

How about you? What are your family’s favorite games for kids?

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