In the age of technology, even our kids are accustomed to getting all their information from a computer, and there are certainly lots of great educational resources online. But if you’re like me, a throwback is great every now and then. What better way to do it than with some good old fashioned board games for kids that the whole family can play? Children will find these simple and traditional board games for kids exciting and enjoy learning how to challenge themselves to come up with a strategy on how to win. Even if they don’t win, they will certainly have lots of fun during the process!
We’ve put together a list of some of the most popular board games for kids in the UK, with some retro classics you might remember from your own childhood!
Top Ten Board Games for Kids
Pop-Up Pirate is loads of fun for both boys and girls and will teach your kids strategy as they try to push in a sword without causing the toy pirate to pop up. The swords come in four colours and each child can choose their own colour. The surprise of the pirate shooting out of the barrel makes for an exciting time. My son loves trying to guess which hole will make the pirate pop out.
What would this list of board games for kids be without including one of the most funny and frustrating games for adults? Of course now it has been updated to include sounds, and the buzzing that we all feared as children is now optional. Operation Silly Skill Game combines patience and skill to try to remove the silly objects that have been embedded in Cavity Sam. The winner is the doctor with the most items. It’s not as easy as it looks!
3. Guess Who?
Guess Who is the guessing game that pits players against each other to find out which card/person the other one has, and guess it first. Now it comes with more choices than before and this board game is easy to set up. Just flip the boards to get all of the pieces up and pick a card at random. Kids will have fun guessing time and time again who they are trying to find.
Twister, Twister, Twister. This game had me in more uncomfortable positions than I will ever go into detail about. I remember playing when I was younger and being great at it. Try that once you’ve had kids. It’s still funny but now it’s funny because watching a grown adult try to manoeuvre themselves like that is impossible.
Twister is one of the simplest, interactive and easiest board games for kids. The player with the spinner spins to land on a colour and body part. With each spin, your body becomes more contorted and whoever can stay up the longest is declared the winner! A great outdoor or indoor game.
Hungry Hungry Hippos is best played with 2-4 players. This board game is all about who can get their hippo to eat up the most marbles. The faster they press the tail, the more marbles their hippo will eat. This game helps with hand-eye coordination and is quick to play so your child can play over and over again.
Ludo is a board game for kids in which players race their pieces from start to finish by rolling a die. This version comes with a wooden board that is brightly painted, and so are the pieces. It’s designed for 2-4 players, and is not recommend for children under 3. Certain numbers on the die mean certain things so it is not so easy to move around the board and it does require some strategy. This is ideal for children learning to count.
The Gruffalo has become a children’s classic and favourite story. Now they can learn to play dominoes with these fun decorated pieces. The dominoes are decorated with characters from the book and are brightly coloured so that matching the ends is easy. Dominoes encourages counting, memory and taking turns. The Gruffalo Wooden Dominoes also come with a sturdy wooden storage box to help prevent the pieces getting lost after play. A great travel game.
Red Dog, Blue Dog can be played two ways. For toddlers, this is a simple game of matching with the essence of BINGO mixed in. The cards are shuffled and each player picks a board. If the card they turn over matches their board, they keep the card. If not, they put it back and wait their turn to draw again. The first player to fill their board wins.
For preschool and school age kids, the cards are shuffled and each player takes turns picking up cards. The card is given to the player it matches. The player with their board filled first wins.
During Shopping List, each player takes a trolley that they must fill with certain items. The winner is the first player to fill their trolley with all the items on their list. This game teaches memory and reading as players have to figure out and follow the items on their list. This game also works well for those learning to read as they can match the picture to their list and then sound out the word.
This version of Frustration is updated with a Slam-O-Matic. Players try to work their way around the board and if they are lucky they can gain the powers of the Genie that will protect their pieces from being sent home. The Slam-O-Matic allows for a popping good time while playing.
Board games for kids are becoming a forgotten pastime as we move further and further into the technology age. Don’t let these fun board games slip from your grasp. Pick up a game or two and have a fun family game night!
You can find all of these board games for kids ideas on my StorkUp list My Top Ten Board Games for Kids. Do you think we’ve missed any great board games for kids from the list? Let us know your favourites in the comments!