We all know that children have bundles of energy and need entertaining at all times. Board games can help entertain, educate and occupy them all at the same time. While there are many classic board games for children out there that we all know and love. We have come up with a selection of newer, and sometimes lesser known games to entertain children. We think that these are some of the best childrens board games that you can buy – perfect for holidays, rainy weekends & quiet afternoons.
Books and illustrations by Richard Scarry have been popular with children for several decades. The Busytown Eye Found It Game, brings his illustrations to life on a huge 2m playing board. This means that the game requires a good amount of floor space to play – something that the kids will love!
The game encourages children to explore the creative world of Richard Scarry. Search for hidden secrets and solve mysteries with Huckle Cat and Lowly Worm. Take a drive through the streets of Busytown and explore an activity filled farm.
The game comes with its huge playing board, game spinner, 30 playing cards and several other parts. It does require quite a large amount of space to play, but that is a big part of its attraction. Suitable for children aged 3+ and for 2 or more players.
Richard Scarry’s Busytown will help children to build confidence, improve concentration and interact with other children – while having lots of fun!
Mission Earth was developed by a group of school girls as part of the Young Enterprise Scheme. At its heart, Mission Earth is educational and promotes eco friendliness. The game box unfolds to become the playing board and is made using recycled materials.
The game is set in the year 2259 – become an earth hero with special powers and race to save planet earth from environmental disaster. Roll dice to move through space and answer questions along the way. Topics include recycling, renewable energy, energy saving and greenhouse gasses.
This fun environmentally friendly game is suitable for children aged 7+ and will help develop their eco awareness and educate them along the way. Mission Earth is a great game for groups of kids to play as it also includes a great team play element.
Both quick and easy to learn, Qwirkle will help children to develop strong strategy skills whilst having fun. Points are earned by placing tiles with coloured shapes – match either the shape or the colour to earn points.
The game contains 108 wooden playing tiles that display variations of six shapes and six colours. Players that use tactics and strategies will score higher – this is great for improving children’s concentration and focus.
Aimed at children aged 6+ and for groups of 2-4 players, Qwirkle can be played on a table or on the floor.
While Qwirkle is a very simple game to pick up and learn – it is also great fun and a fantastic learning tool. We think that it is one of the best kids games out there!
The Best Kids Board Games
|Richard Scarry's Busytown Eye Found It||19.99||4.9|
|Ten in a Bed||8.99||4.9|
|Once Upon a Time||19.99||4.8|
|Word for Word||15.99||4.7|
Points To Consider When Choosing Board Games For Kids
As we all know, kids can be fussy & they want to be entertained at all times! With so many board games to choose from, what should you think about before purchasing a new board game for your children?
Fun, Fun, Fun
Possible the most important factor to consider is whether the game will be fun to play. Kids should want to play it time after time and should be able to engage with it differently each time they play.
Assistance Required to Play?
This can often be overlooked. Many board games require score keeping and an understanding of the rules. This means that many board games that are intended for kids still need an adult to assist with the game play. Do you want a game that will allow a group of children to play on there own without supervision or do you want to play/supervise whenever the game is chosen from the cupboard?
All good kids board games should include an educational element – spelling, maths, nature, eco awareness, strategy, deduction etc This will help children engage with the game and encourage them to play more. More often than not, children won’t even realise that they’re learning while playing as its so much fun!
Your choice of the type of game should reflect your child’s interests. While not all board games can be tucked away into single genres, they do cover several main types. These include: cards, dice, skill, luck, strategy, sleuthing, story telling, creativity, clay, drawing, singing etc The list goes on! Find a game that covers the types of game play that will appeal most to your children.
Space Required to Play
Most normal board games can simply be played on a table or on the sitting room floor. Some smaller, or travel style games can be played on laps. But it should be noted that some can take a great deal of space to play – as in cover the sitting room floor completely! This may or may not effect your choice, but it is certainly worth keeping in mind.