Best Board Games for the Witty Kids in 2017
Playing board games is one of the best ways to spend some quality time together with the rest of the family. With the availability of different kinds of gadgets nowadays, I think that parents have the responsibility to provide other means of entertainment and recreation for their children. Getting the best board games for kids is one great way to keep the children entertained and involved in a healthy competition.
When we were kids, my siblings and I usually play different board games after school and even during weekends. Playing was our form of relaxation after doing our tasks and it also served as our bonding activity before we go to sleep. Even though there were occasional petty fights, our parents made sure that everything was settled by the time we finish the game.
We each had our own favorites but I would say we had our fair share of playing the best board games available during our younger years. Now, there are so many new games to choose from, depending on the age of the players and the level of difficulty that you want.
Now that I have my own kids, I want to make sure that I also expose them to the fun world of board games and of course, I want them to have the best experience. That is why, I have chosen some of the best board games that I think would be best for them to play among themselves and even with us adults.
Here are my top choices in no particular order:
- 1. Hasbro Sorry 2013 Edition Game
- 2. Let’s Go Fishin by Pressman Toys
- 3. Hasbro Mousetrap Game
- 4. Suspend Game by Melissa & Doug
- 5. Hasbro Battleship: The Classic Naval Combat Game
- 6. Hasbro Monopoly Junior Board Game
- 7. Connect 4 Game
- 8. The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game by Candy Land
- 9. Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot!
- 10. Hangman by Patch
- 11. Race to the Treasure! By Peaceable Kingdom
- 12. Hasbro Classic Operation Game
- 13. Hasbro Pie Face Game
- 14. Hedbanz Game by Spin Master Games
- 15. Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It by Wonder Forge
- 16. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game by Educational Insights
- 17. Sequence for Kids by Jax
- Benefits of Board Games
1. Hasbro Sorry 2013 Edition Game
Recommended for ages 6 to 11 years old
This is a classic board game which can be enjoyed by everyone, including the adults. The game involves a lot of sliding, colliding, bumping, and jumping over pawns to to get all three of your pawns from your color Start to color Home.
What I like about this game is that it is interactive and educational so it is a good way for kids to get their minds worked up. It is also entertaining and fun especially when someone gets bumped and had to go back all the way to Start. It definitely gave my kids a good laugh when that happened to me.
What's Great About It: However, this is a game which can last a while so make sure that you play it when you are not time restricted. Hasbro also recommends it for kids 6 years old and above because younger ones might still not understand the instructions very well. Also, keep them from your little ones because this game contains small parts which may be a choking hazard.
2. Let’s Go Fishin by Pressman Toys
Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years old
This is another classic game which is good for the younger kids. Basically, the kids just have to catch fish using the colorful fishing rods and lines from the rotating disk containing 21 fishes. Even adults can play but it would be more fun watching the kids get all giggly while trying to catch as many fish as they can.
The objective of the game is to catch the most number of fish so it is a strategy game which is great so that kids can practice their motor skills and quick reflexes.
What's Great About It: Even though the colors have no bearing in the game, it can also be a great way to reinforce color recognition among the little ones. When my youngest plays this, I always encourage her to get a certain color so that she can practice identifying colors and also strengthen her hand-eye coordination.
3. Hasbro Mousetrap Game
Recommended for ages 6 to 10 years old
Kids will love this board game because it is not just the usual game of trying to go from start to finish at the soonest possible time. The Mousetrap Game involves building and strategy so quick thinking is required.
What's Great About It: What’s even great about this game is that it suddenly turns into a mini playground with the use of the 4 plastic mice, metal balls, cheese pieces, and other accessories that come with it. Actually, I think my kids like setting up the trap more than playing the game itself.
4. Suspend Game by Melissa & Doug
Recommended for ages 8 to 15 years old.
This one is more suitable for the older kids up to teens and adults because this game requires balance and concentration. The younger kids can also play but it might also cause some frustrations and episodes of tantrums if they cannot get it right. But kidding aside, if your kids are into balancing things, you can encourage them to play no matter how young they are.
What's Great About It: The Suspend Game is a great family game because it can be really fun trying to watch one another hang wire pieces as steadily as possible. We even try to jokingly distract whoever is in turn and when the structure finally falls, there are no bad vibes, only great laughter. Be careful though, this game can get really addicting.
Recommended for ages 7 years and older
I remember playing this game when I was young so I wanted to share it with my kids too. It may not be a family game because it can only accommodate two players at a time but everyone can take turns during game night.
What's Great About It: It is an easy game to play but can also be challenging because it requires strategy and critical thinking. That is the reason why I like it. I love games which can help shape the minds of my kids and stimulate logic. It is like hitting two birds with one stone –playing and learning at the same time.
6. Hasbro Monopoly Junior Board Game
Recommended for ages 5 to 8 years old
Monopoly is one of the most famous games not just among kids but adults too. You have probably played several games of Monopoly as a kid, just as I had. It is one of my favorites so I really appreciate that the game lasted this long and that Hasbo released a junior board game as a kids’ version.
It is just like the classic Monopoly game, only cuter. The playing pieces are a dog, a cat, a boar, and a car. The properties are totally relatable to kids too as there is a pet store, a candy store, a video game arcade, a skating rink, and an ice cream parlor just to name a few.
The denomination of the Monopoly money was also simplified as it only comes in one denomination. Kids will find it easier to count the amounts that they need to pay.
What's Great About It: The game may be simple but it still has the classic characteristic of Monopoly. It still encourages kids to strategize and develop their critical thinking that is why it is good for them.
7. Connect 4 Game
Recommended for ages 6 years and older
This is another game which is very simple yet requires a lot of strategy. It only has three components, the playing grid, 21 pieces of red discs, and 21 pieces of yellow discs.
I grew up playing this game and even now, I still enjoy playing it. I like playing this with my kids and even incorporate it as a break during our study sessions.
I also like that they can bring it with them when we go out as it is very light and portable. They just need to make sure that they do not lose any discs.
What's Great About It: Connect 4 encourages strategic thinking and it is a great way to practice hand-eye coordination. It can even be played by children younger than 6 years but there should always be adult supervision because the discs can still be a choking hazard.
8. The Kingdom of Sweets Board Game by Candy Land
Recommended for ages 3 to 6 years old
I find that this game is appreciated more by little girls than boys because of the sweet candy theme. It is a very simple game where players take turns in moving their pawns and letting their imaginations soar as they make their way into the castle.
What's Great About It: It is a sweet break from all the other games which require strategy and critical thinking. While playing, the kids can immerse and imagine. As a matter of fact, sometimes, my daughter thinks that she is in Candy Land and that she is one of the characters in the story.
9. Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot!
Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years old
Another simple game which can be played by the younger kids, the Hoot Owl Hoot! should also have a place in your household. It can be played by two to four players so you can even join in on the fun.
Basically, the objective of the game is to move all the owls back to their nest before a new day begins. Each player has to play a color card and fly to that space, draw a sun card and get closer to daylight.
What's Great About It: What I love about it is that it is a cooperative game which allows kids to experience different play situations. As a result, the experiences build their self-esteem and shape their emotional development. I also appreciate that this simple game teaches my kids how to follow directions and come up with simple strategies to get their owls back to the nest.
10. Hangman by Patch
Recommended for ages 5 to 10 years old
While Hangman is usually played by both kids and adults on a computer, it is still best to play the actual physical version of the game. It is even better because it can be played without any electricity required.
What I like about Hangman is that it is not just a game of chance or luck. You will be encouraged to think about words or phrases based on just a few given letters. It is a great game if you want your kids to widen their vocabulary while having fun at the same time.
What's Great About It: It comes in a nice tin case with magnetic pieces for ease of play. We even bring it when we go on picnics or when we go to the park to hang out. It is very portable and can be played anytime and anywhere.
11. Race to the Treasure! By Peaceable Kingdom
Recommended for ages 5 to 8 years old.
There are a number of things that I love about this board game. First is that, this can be considered as a game which is environmentally responsible because it uses materials from managed forests, soy, and corn.
Also, it is another example of a cooperative game which I have mentioned earlier. Kids can play and team up to achieve their goal of beating the Ogre. I like it when my kids do that because it shows that they can unify and help each other out for a common goal.
What's Great About It: Aside from teaching kids the essence of cooperative playing, this game is also great for enhancing problem solving and strategic thinking skills of our children.
12. Hasbro Classic Operation Game
Recommended for ages 6 years and older
This game may seem like the one usually played by kids who want to be doctors someday but it is actually more than that. The Classic Operation Game is played by using a tweezers included in the package and “operating” the patient to remove his ailments. The challenge is to operate using steady hands because if you touch the sides, the buzzer will sound and your turn is over.
This is a fun game that kids can play by taking turns and challenging who can remove the most ailments. It will definitely be a laughing matter everytime the buzzer sounds.
What's Great About It: Aside from being fun, I like this game because it is a great way to practice steadying the nerves as well as concentration and focus. It is not just for kids because adults will also have a great time and lots of laughter playing and trying not to hear the sound of the buzzer.
13. Hasbro Pie Face Game
Recommended for ages 5 years and older
This might be a messy game but the fun that it will bring is worth it. The objective of the game is quite obvious: to avoid being pied in the face. It makes use of a mechanical device which already has everything, the target area, a spinner, and a handle that you need to twist, depending on the number that you spun.
My kids love it because it allows us to be hilariously crazy and messy once in a while. But what I like about this is that it also teaches kids to be a good sport no matter what happens. Even if you get hit by a pie in the face, just laugh it off and try harder next time.
What's Great About It: You can also replace an actual pie with a shaving cream or other creams so that it won’t be too messy. However, I would only suggest that when the players are adults. For kids, it is better to stick to whipping cream so the kids can also eat a little when they get hit on the face.
14. Hedbanz Game by Spin Master Games
Recommended for ages 8 to 12 years old
This is a great group game which can be played during parties or even when there is none. Kids will have a great time trying to guess the items and objects shown on the cards attached to the bands that they wear on the head. To add more thrill and challenge, there is also an hourglass to indicate how much time is left to guess more words.
What's Great About It: We love playing this because it is a good chance to encourage kids to expand their vocabularies so that they can guess more items and win often. It can also be a good practice to express themselves better and do their best in explaining certain items.
15. Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It by Wonder Forge
Recommended for ages 3 to 8 years old
Another game requiring cooperative play, I find this very interesting so I got it for the kids to enjoy. A maximum of four players can play the game with the objective of reaching Picnic Island and looking for object along the way.
In this game, no one wins and no one loses. The players just have to learn to coordinate with each other to reach their common goals.
What's Great About It: This 6-foot boardgame is recommended for preschoolers but kids of any age can actually play. Searching for objects may not be as easy as it seems because there are a lot of small items that are hidden within the scenes. So, when it gets challenging, the kids can also learn how to help each other out and follow a strategic coordination.
16. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game by Educational Insights
Recommended for ages 3 to 7 years old
This super cute game is great for developing matching and sorting skills of the little ones. This is one of the first games that my youngest played because of the level of easiness and the cuteness of the squirrel as well.
Basically, the players have to collect acorns at the soonest possible time. Acorns can be collected by spinning the spinner and picking up the matching acorn with the Squirrel Squeezer.
What's Great About It: It is very easy to understand and play so even a child as young as three years old can play. What I like about it is that it also teaches young kids about colors. It also helps develop matching skills, hand-eye coordination, strategic thinking, and fine motor skills.
17. Sequence for Kids by Jax
Recommended for ages 4 to 7 years old
This is another great game for the preschoolers because it is so easy to understand and learn how to play. It can be played by two players or a maximum of four. The game is simple. The players just have to make a sequence of four chips on a corresponding character on the board. The character is determined by the card that the player has drawn from a stack.
What's Great About It: It is a simple game but it can be a lot of fun especially when played with the whole family. It is not just for kids as adults can join in on the fun.
Benefits of Board Games
Instead of playing electronic gadgets or spending time watching the television, kids should be encouraged to play board games instead. Board games are both educational and entertaining so it is a great way to pass the time.
They may even discover things about themselves in the process. For instance, a kid may think that his vocabulary is poor but when he plays Hedbanz, he was able to guess a lot of items. That can boost his confidence and encourage him to learn more so he can improve and widen his vocabulary further.
Board games also teach values to kids. Playing can teach even the little ones to focus and cultivate their traits of patience and persistence. The kids learn that they must always wait for their turn and when it is their turn, they should do their best to win and achieve their goals.
Of course, nothing is better than the time that families spend together and playing board games is one way of spending time with the family. Social skills are developed and common interests are discovered. Most importantly, kids learn to communicate with parents and vice versa.
There are a lot of great board games that kids of different ages can play with their friends and family. Sometimes it can be categorized based on the age and the interest of kids. I would suggest exposing them to different board games and not just on the ones that they are interested in. Encourage them to participate in different games so that their skills can be enhanced and improved.
Determining the best is subjective. For me, the best board games for kids are those which encourage them to think outside the box and those which will test their skills. Board games are not just for fun, they also made to mold and improve not just the skills but also the personalities of the little ones.