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The BEST Family Board Games By Age

by Jean Van't Hul
September 23, 2014

These are the best family board games for fun & connection with recommendations by age–toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. All favorite kids games for family fun!

The Best Family Board Games and Card Games by Age

This post contains affiliate links.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 Family Board 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!

Best Family Board Games for Toddlers for Fun, Cooperation and Learning

The Best Board 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

Best Family Board Games for Preschoolers -- Game Lovers in the Making

The Best Board Games for Preschoolers

The Best Card Games for Preschoolers

We love the eeBoo card games for this age! They are fun, artful, and memorable.

Card Holder for Young ChildrenTIP: 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.

Best Family Board Games for School Age Kids

The Best Family Board Games for School-Age Kids

These are some of the best family games for ages 5 and up. (Suspend isn’t exactly a board game, but it’s not a card game either, so I’m leaving it here.)

  • 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!
  • 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.

The Best Card Games for Kids

Many of our favorite family games are actually card games!

  • Sleeping Queens – This card game was an instant hit with both my 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.
  • Spot It – A fast-faced matching game that kids love!

These are the best family board games for fun & connection with recommendations by age--toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. All favorite kids games for family fun!MORE of the Best Family Board Games

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…)

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