Best Board Games for Kids Voted By Mums

A great activity for during lockdown that's fun & educational is a board game. Great for the whole family, here is a list of the best board games for kids. For more great ideas check out www.northamptonshiremumsandkids.co.ukPlease note, this post may contain affiliate links. While clicking these links won’t cost you any extra money, it will help keep this site up and running!
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…

My daughter is obsessed with chess. Urghhh!

Age: 5

– Sarah

Age: 6

– Tammy
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We really enjoyed Jenga as a family last weekend! Had to keep the 1 year old away but we loved it.

Age:10, 9 and adults

– Natasha

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We’ve been playing Payday, Uno, and Skip Bo.

Age: 11, 9 & 4

– Stacey
A great activity for during lockdown that's fun & educational is a board game. Great for the whole family, here is a list of the best board games for kids. For more great ideas check out www.northamptonshiremumsandkids.co.uk
My two love Harry Potter Cluedo. It’s a big favourite in our house

Age: 9 & 7

– Josie

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

Pinterest Images from Imperfect Mummy - the place to find realistic and low tox parentingWe love Monopoly. There are so many different versions and you play then all slightly differently so there’s lots of variation. Our current favourite is Super Mario Monopoly but we also have several Star Wars, Frozen and Super Mario Kart versions as well!

A great activity for during lockdown that's fun & educational is a board game. Great for the whole family, here is a list of the best board games for kids. For more great ideas check out www.northamptonshiremumsandkids.co.ukAge: 9 & 6

We are huge fans of Scrabble – you don’t even need to use the board. To make it more challenging, choose a theme and get the words to fit in with that.

Age: 10, 8, 7 & 4

We love Snakes and Ladders! It’s a great game to play as a family and helps little ones learn to count in a simple fun way.

Age: 6, 4 & 2

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!

Age: 9

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We love Frustration, which is a bit like Ludo. It’s great to play with our 4 year old, and the best thing is that the dice is kept under a dome so it doesn’t get thrown all over by an over enthusiastic child!

Age: 4

Recommended Board Games

Splendor
Cluedo
Pictionary
The Game Of Life
Dobble
Carcassonne
Football Game
Ludo
Exploding Kittens Card Game
My First Scrabble
Scrabble
Star Wars Monopoly
Super Mario Monopoly
Mario Kart Monopoly
Junior Monopoly
Harry Potter Cluedo
Skip Bo
Uno
Payday
Jenga
Snakes & Ladders
Hoot Owl Hoot
Going Underground
Chess
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.

Age: 5

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.

Age: 4

A great activity for during lockdown that's fun & educational is a board game. Great for the whole family, here is a list of the best board games for kids. For more great ideas check out www.northamptonshiremumsandkids.co.uk
Carcassonne – lots of expansion packs available if you want them, easy to play but really gets everyone thinking strategically.

Age: 8 &10

Not a board game but we love playing Dobble. Fun and a little bit competitive!

Age: 5

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

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We like The Game of Life, my just turned 5 year old was able to grasp the concept of the game on the first try. It uses a bit of imagination and doesn’t drag on for too long. Perfect for board game newbies.

Age: 5

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

Ours love Frustration and The Game of Life. They’re both a race to the finish line and it’s funny watching everyone compete! It’s also pretty cool for maths, dealing with ‘losing’, and having fun as a family.

Age: 9 & 10

We love Pictionary because no one is really any good at drawing a lot of the clues are they? So they’re hilarious!

Age:

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

So so many. A current favourite is Splendor. My son likes it because you buy gems and it is an engine building game.

Age: 11 & 8

What do you think are the best board games for kids? Share below in the comments.

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A great activity for during lockdown that's fun & educational is a board game. Great for the whole family, here is a list of the best board games for kids. For more great ideas check out www.northamptonshiremumsandkids.co.uk

 

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14 Comments

  1. April 30, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    Uno – hours and hours and hours are spent playing Uno! Love it 🙂

    • Rebecca
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      May 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

      Me too 🙂

  2. April 30, 2020 / 8:39 pm

    What a great list! My son loves a good board game

    • Rebecca
      Author
      May 2, 2020 / 11:00 am

      Thanks Emma! 🙂

  3. April 30, 2020 / 8:49 pm

    This is a great list of games! Lots of my favourites are on here, but we particularly like Uno. I surprised how accessible it was for younger children.

    • Rebecca
      Author
      May 2, 2020 / 10:59 am

      Uno is one of my favourites too 🙂

  4. May 1, 2020 / 7:13 am

    I love snakes and ladders – it’s such a classic., and still popular it seems!

    • Rebecca
      Author
      May 2, 2020 / 10:58 am

      Yes definitly still popular, my boys love it!

  5. May 1, 2020 / 2:46 pm

    Great ideas here. We love board games, they are fun and they are quite educational for the youngsters I think!

    • Rebecca
      Author
      May 2, 2020 / 10:58 am

      Yes, absolutely, it’s a win win! Fun and educational!

  6. May 1, 2020 / 3:13 pm

    I must say, I do love a good game of Jenga. We got quite a few games at Christmas and the kids have enjoyed old fashioned games like dominoes.

    • Rebecca
      Author
      May 2, 2020 / 10:56 am

      Yes, my kids love Jenga, just to see the blocks fall down!

  7. May 6, 2020 / 10:08 am

    Brilliant selection of board games, my kids love playing games with us. Uno is the best family game!

    • Rebecca
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      May 6, 2020 / 1:39 pm

      Uno is the best! x

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