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Top 5 Board Games For Kids

14 September 2023

There’s so many ways for kids to be entertained these days, but nothing beats a board game for families wanting to spend quality time together. Not only are they fun, but they can help children improve their logic, problem-solving, maths, and social skills. So, which board games should you get? Here are our top five picks.

Snakes and Ladders

This classic board game originated in India over 2000 years ago and is still popular today. It’s a game of luck more than skill, but kids can practise their counting skills. The object of the game is simple: roll the die, move the number of squares it indicates, and try to be the first to reach the finish. However, there are snakes on the board which can send you sliding back down to the start. Or you could be lucky and land on a ladder, propelling you closer to winning. 

Number of players: 2 to 4

Connect 4

More strategic than Snakes and Ladders, Connect 4 is another timeless favourite. All players have to do is to be the first player to get four of their coloured discs in a row - up, down, or diagonally. But watch out because your opponent may spot what you’re trying to do and block you when it’s their turn. It’s a great game for older kids because it requires strategic thinking and planning ahead. 

Number of players: 2 (unless you want to play in teams and strategise together)


Frustration is a board game that teaches children strategy and how to manage expectations. In the game, players must move their pieces around the board and into their designated spots before their opponents do. However, there are a few catches - if another player's piece lands on the same space as yours, you have to start again at the beginning! Rather than rolling the die, in this game you get to slam down the Pop-o-Matic roller, for added fun.

Number of players: 2-4


This is a board game with, well, a twist! The aim is to be the last one standing, while following the instructions of the spinner, which will tell you where to put your hands and feet on the coloured mat. Everyone will end up hilariously tangled up. You can play it indoors or outdoors, anywhere you have enough space, and it makes a great party game. 

Number of players: 2-4, plus someone to spin the spinner.

Junior Pictionary

It’s all about drawing and guessing - you don’t have to be a master artist, just be creative. The children’s version has two hints on each card, with easier and harder options to choose from depending on age. You’re sure to have a laugh trying to guess what your teammate has drawn. It’s recommended for kids over the age of 6, but younger ones may be able to join in too, with some assistance. 

Number of players: 3+

So there you have it - our top five picks for the best board games for kids. Whether you're looking for a classic game or something new, these games will provide hours of fun for the whole family. So next time your kid asks to play on their iPad, break out one of these board games instead and enjoy some quality family time together.

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