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!
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.
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.
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+
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!