We keep a selection of kids board games on hand for winter afternoons when the kids are stuck inside. I encourage them to play because I find it’s a great way to take turns, to be a good loser, and to share. Most of our games can be played by readers and non-readers.
I always keep an eye out at thrift shops and Five Below for board games under $5. With an almost 4 year old in the home, who is very good about cleaning up after himself, I don’t want to invest a lot of money in games only to lose the pieces. Occasionally, we’ll ask for games at Christmas time.
8 Benefits of Kids Board Games
There are many reasons to play kids board games. For me, as a parent, it’s a way to teach good sportsmanship. When you have 4 kids, ages 12 to 7, playing a board game, all the kids need to be mindful of their siblings abilities. The older siblings learn not to trounce their youngest brother; the youngest one learns to not take losing so personally, something he struggles with at home and in school.
- Math Practice
- Taking Turns
- Cognitive Skills
- Anticipation of the Next Move
- Choices and Consequences
- Building Bonds Between Siblings
Storing the Kids Board Games
I keep our kid board games in 2 cabinets. Up until a few months ago, I kept a tot lock on the cabinets to prevent the 3 year old from dumping the games. Since he’s really good at cleaning up a game he’s playing with by himself, I took the locks off.
Inside the game boxes, I keep the pieces in old quart freezer bags. This prevents a major spillage if the game gets dropped by accident. I also reinforce the corners of the boxes at the first sign of tearing. Packing tape is good for this.
Lucy Hammett’s Bingo – we have several bingo games which are good for 3 and up: Bug Bingo, Ocean Bingo, and American Art Bingo.
Candy Land – Also good for 3 and up, we have lots of fun with the unexpected twists of the game.
Blokus – This game is good for 6 and up given the strategy needed. However, my 3 year old has fun creating patterns on the board with the colored tiles.
Presto Change-O – Great money game for kids 7 and up. 6 year olds could play the game with some assistance from an adult.
Battleship – We have 2 sets of this classic game!
Kids on Stage Charades – It’s fun to watch the 4 younger kids play this together. With pictures on the cards, even the almost 4 year old can come up with a way to act out the card with some help from his siblings.