We are a good few weeks into being stuck at home with the kids and are all starting to feel a little crazy! It’s hard to think of ways to keep the kids entertained, especially if they are of different ages.
One great way to keep them entertained as well as being educational is with a board game. There are absolutely loads out there so I reached out to some Mums (and a couple of Dads!) to ask which board games their kids are playing and loving the most.
Here are the best board games for kids voted by Mums…
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Junior Monopoly is our absolute favourite. It’s really good for all ages – from young children to adults and always reminds me of playing it with my family as a child. Win win!
Age: Young Children to Adult
– Clare, www.mytunbridgewells.com
Junior Scrabble is great for literacy with under 5’s. One side of the board has preprinted words so you have to match tiles to the letters on the board. Lots of fun as we compete to complete as many words as possible.
Age: Under 5’s
Exploding Kittens! It’s a card game featuring kittens where you have to try and make your opponents explode. Great fun as you have to be very sneaky to win!
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We love Ludo. It’s a game I used to play with my granddad as a child and it’s good fun. Also great for learning colours and counting.
Football Game by Orchard Toys – a fun take on snakes and ladders that my 4-year-old son really enjoys, as it’s based around football. You have to get from the start to the penalty spot and then take a penalty using a spinner. If it lands on the goalkeeper, you have to go back to a set spot. If it doesn’t, you score a goal and win. The fact that it’s quick to play and there are not too many rules make it a really nice introduction to board games for preschoolers.
My two-year-old twin and four-year-old boys love the Orchard Toys Shopping List game – a memory game where you pick up overturned cards to see if you need them from your list. They’re surprisingly good at it for their age, and are very cute when they realise their brother needs the card they’ve just picked up, so put it back down right under their nose.
Age: 2 & 4
All my older daughters (from 4 to 9) love to play Uno. Keeps them occupied for a while through a few games. Putting down cards of the same colour or opposite colour but the same number, with a few cards thrown in for causing another player to pick up a certain number of cards, or allowing the cardholder to change the colour.
Age: 4 & 9
Cluedo is a big favourite in our house. A game doesn’t take too long, it’s simple to play, and the kids love the tactile nature of the playing pieces. Plus the fact that you get the chance to reveal someone else’s card is great for making things a bit more competitive!
Age: 13 & 8
What do you think are the best board games for kids? Share below in the comments.