Playing a board game with the family is a great way for the kids to bond and have fun at the same time. The screen-free time helps little ones develop critical thinking and logical reasoning skills, learn to work as part of a team, and practice things like patience and turn taking—all while creating fun memories.
So, what are you looking forward to? All players work together to achieve a common goal in a cooperative game? Why would anyone want to play this? Is it one of those games where losing is a joy? It could be a little bit of everything. If you’re in the market for a new game, check out my top picks and prepare to chuckle.
1. Slap Ninja
You have the option of picking one of the following players: In this game, you’re either the ninja master, and your goal is to prevent your student from snatching a coin in your hand (using the game’s karate-chopping hand, of course). As an alternative, you can pretend to be a student and try to grab the coin. However, whichever player you select, remember that if they lose three games in a row, they will be eliminated! From the age of six and up.
2. Dog Crimes
Whether a cake is missing or a rug is soiled, there is always a suspect list that includes a ragtag bunch of pups. In 40 challenges, players use the provided list of clues and their logical reasoning skills to identify the culprit. Parents were pleased that the clues were challenging but not overly difficult for their children to solve. However, our at-home testers found it more enjoyable to solve the cases as a team. Ages 8 and up.
In Orangutwang, players take turns hanging fruit and other items on a jungle vine, but when the vine becomes too heavy and springs up, everything is thrown into the air. This game is suitable for children over the age of four.
4. Grouch Couch
It’s time to give this grumpy piece of furniture some love. It grumbles, makes faces, and either eats or spits out the goodies that players leave on its cushions. The couch was a big hit with the kids because it made different noises depending on what treats it received. They wanted to keep giving it food. Suitable for children ages 5 and up.
5. Egged On Game
“Egg Roulette” is a good name for this game. Take a risk and crack one of the plastic eggs on your head. You’ll be drenched, but at least you’ll have a good laugh. Suitable for children ages 5 and up.
6. Roller Coaster Challenge
One-on-one play allows kids to become roller coaster designers. Challenge cards allow players to design a three-dimensional ride with real loops and drops. Then they send the car hurtling down the track and hope for the best. From the age of six and up.
7. Mad Tea Party
At a booze-fueled tea party, players are invited. It’s up to you to decide where and how many cups to put in each spot on the table. There is a risk that the entire stack of cups will fall if they’re not handled carefully. The cute teacup design was a hit with reviewers, and one parent appreciated the game’s ability to continue even if the teacups fall to the ground. Suitable for children ages 5 and up.
8. Kanoodle Head-to-Head
Attempt to complete the double-sided challenge card by racing against a friend. If you’re a little too slow, you’ll see your pieces fly out of your hands! Many puzzle pieces and 40 cards, but the parents were impressed with how easily it could be taken on a trip. Everything fits neatly into the bag. Suitable for children ages 7 and up.
9. 13 Dead End Drive
When Aunt Agatha’s death is announced, one player will inherit her fortune—if they can get out of her mansion unharmed. Players must avoid falling chandeliers, stumbling statues, and other hazards in order to win the game. There are multiple ways to win, which some testers noted took a lot of time to set up but that they found enjoyable. This game is recommended for those who are at least eight years old.
10. Word on the Street Junior
The A-Z tiles are laid out and a category card, such as “an Asian country,” is selected by the players, who then brainstorm relevant words to spell out. To find solutions, try putting together teams of older and younger students. 7 years old and up.
Thank you for reading my list of the top 10 best board games for kids. I sincerely hope you’re able to locate a fun game for your child!