My kids love playing board games, and it’s only natural that our favourite family board games have changed as they have grown. I love adding a game or two to our collection each Christmas as I think board games are fabulous for teaching children all sorts of awesome skills and behaviours – everything from learning to take turns and be a good winner and loser, to learning to use problem solving and strategic thinking skills.
Whether your family enjoys regular family game nights, or your kids just love to play among themselves, this great big list of family board games includes our family’s personal picks, ideas from my years as a teacher working with children of all ages, and suggestions from some of the wonderful parents and teachers who hang out on the Childhood 101 Facebook page.
There are board game suggestions for families with bigger kids, and younger ones too. And this is list complements our list of family card games perfectly. Be sure to check that one out too!
25 Best Family Board Games
The suggestions below are linked to an Amazon product link (affiliate links). These are suggestions only, to provide you with more information and reviews of each game, obviously you are free to shop for these games wherever you prefer to shop.
RELATED: Families with young children, click through to check out this collection of 15 Board Games for Preschool & Kindergarten aged kids.
Teach your child how to figure out “who” is the choice in this fun and silly Guess Who game! Guessing the mystery character as quickly as possible is the goal! Suitable for ages 5 and above.
Stack it up and then try not to be the one to make it fall! Be careful, each time you remove a piece, you risk the chance of having to yell “Jenga!” Suitable for all ages.
Pick Up Sticks
Ever wonder just how quickly your little one can “really” pick things up? Pick Up Sticks will answer that question for you! Great for hand-eye coordination and patience, plus it’s suitable for all ages!
Roll the dice and move your peg, but beware…Trouble is always waiting to throw you off course! Tons of fun for ages 5 and above.
Ticket to Ride
Just how many cities can you travel to in a small window of time? Ride the train with Ticket to Ride to find out that answer! Suitable for ages 5 and above.
Do you best to build lines with matching color symbols and shapes. Sound simple? Don’t worry, nothing is ever easy when it comes to Qwirkle. Great for ages 6 and above.
Winning Connect 4 is as easy as getting 4 in a row! But beware, depending on who is playing there may be a bit of strategy involved! Suitable for ages 6 and up.
Playing the classic game of Dominoes never gets old. Match the dots on the tile to see if you have the skill level to master this timeless game. Recommended for ages 6 and above.
The clock is ticking for you to find the picture to win! Just how quickly can you react? You’ll soon find out when playing Pictureka! Suitable for ages 6 and above.
Just when you thought Uno couldn’t get any cooler, they unleashed a card spitting machine onto the world. Uno Attack will keep you on your toes all the way to the end! Great for ages 7 and above.
Have you ever built your own crossword grid? Bananagrams will teach you how, and might just actually drive you a bit “bananas” as well! Great for ages 7 and above.
Every player gets 21 pieces to use as they please. Sounds easy, right? The catch, they all have to touch at the corners and match via colours. Blokus knows how to keep things interesting! Suitable for ages 7 and above.
Do you have what it takes to strategically sink the ship of your opponent? Test your skills in Battleship. Great for ages 7 and above.
Tenzi is literally the world’s fastest dice game! Every player gets 10 dice and has to have them all match the quickest. It’s a race to the finish for certain! Suitable for ages 7 and above.
Pass the sushi! In this fast-playing card game, the goal is to grab the best combination of sushi dishes as they whiz by. Ages 8+
Fast drawing and creativity are what it takes to win Pictionary! Draw a card, and then draw away and hope your team is on the same page! Great for ages 8 and above.
Game of Life
Have fun playing out your future in the Game of Life. Will you choose college or career? Roll the dice to follow your path! Suitable for ages 8 and above.
Take turns creating a code and then trying to see if your opponent can solve it. The catch? Mastermind only gives them so many attempts to crack that code! Suitable for ages 8 and above.
There are few games more fun and exciting than Yahtzee! Roll the dice and add up those points! The person with the highest score wins! Great for ages 8 and above.
Who says that dominoes have to be square? Triominoes adds a fun triangle factor to the classic game, and a few other fun surprises as well. Great for ages 8 and above.
With the word strategy hidden in the name, you know that Stratego is going to be fun! Competing armies will battle their way to victory…but who will win? Suitable for ages 8 and above.
Do you have what it takes to beat your foes? Roll the dice and see what happens in Dragonwood! Fun and engaging, and only lasting 20 minutes, this game is suitable for ages 8 and above.
Love medieval times and looking for a way to create your own imagination to get there? Carcassonne is the perfect game for you! Use tiles to form your path to win the game! Great for ages 8 and above!
What move will you make next? Hive is a fun, strategic game that can be compared to Chess. Each move matters to be decided Queen Bee! Great for ages 9 and above.
Build your city and maintain with 7 Wonders! The perfect game for strategy, plus it can be played in 30 minutes or less. Suitable for ages 13 and above.
Looking for more family game night ideas, check out our fun list of card games;
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