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25 Genuinely Fun Board Games for Kids Under Six

Board games for young kids that you won’t want to throw across the room after 15 minutes!

Jack Shepherd · 5 months ago

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It’s possible that you are one of those extremely rare parents whose love for your preschooler is so all-encompassing and your patience so transcendent that you can play Candyland over and over and enjoy it because they’re enjoying it. If so, good for you, but the rest of us need a board game for young kids that we won’t want to throw across the room after 15 minutes! Here’s a list of fantastic board games that your kids will love and you’ll enjoy playing with them.

1. Richard Scarry’s Busytown: Eye Found It!

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Ravensburger

Age: 3+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 20 min.

In this cooperative game, you’ll race around a huge (six-foot long) map of Richard Scarry’s beloved Busytown trying to find specific objects before the pigs eat all the food.

2. Stack Up!

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 3+ Players: 2-6 Playing time: 15 min.

This cooperative block-stacking game teaches hand-eye coordination and is sure to produce plenty of laughs as you attempt to stack blocks in different ways before the “Stack Smasher” topples your tower.

3. Gobblet Gobblers

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Blue Orange

Age: 5+ Players: 2 Playing time: 15 min.

The nesting-doll game pieces and strategic and memory skills required to play them make this clever twist on tic-tac-toe more rewarding, fun, and enriching than its x-and-o-based ancestor.

4. Clack!

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AMIGO

Age: 4+ Players: 2-6 Playing time: 10 min.

This pattern-recognition game will have the whole family scrambling and laughing as everyone tries to find the right magnetic disc to grab based on the roll of a dice.

5. Sequence for Kids

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Jax

Age: 3+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 20 min.

A cute, scaled-down, animal-based version of the classic pattern-matching game Sequence, Sequence For Kids is fun and easy to play and teaches pattern-recognition skills along the way.

6. First Orchard

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HABA

Age: 2+ Players: 1-4 Playing time: 10 min.

Can you pick all the fruits from the tree before the nefarious raven arrives? If you know your colors and are good at taking turns, probably yes!

7. Button, Button, Belly Button

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 2+ Players: 2 Playing time: 10 min.

A cute and well-designed color-matching game that young kids will love, Button, Button, Belly Button will teach colors, memory, and sorting.

8. Heads Talk Tails Walk

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Think Fun

Age: 3+ Players: 2-5 Playing time: 10 min.

Match the head tiles to the appropriate body tiles, but if you don’t it’s even more fun! Prepare for some inspired silliness with dino-chickens, frog-dogs, and other hilarious hybrid creations.

9. Dragon Snacks

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Goliath

Age: 4+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 10 min.

This cute baby dragon appears to have eaten too many treasures. Use your memory-matching and spatial-recognition skills to get them back when he lights up!

10. Create-a-Story Cards

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eeBoo

Age: 2+ Players: 2-5 Playing time: 10 min.

Use the cards as prompts in this delightful story-telling game that will help generate endless imaginative fun!

11. Count Your Chickens

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 3+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 15 min.

In this spinner-based board game, you work together with the other players to help Mother Hen get her chickens back to the coop and stay away from the fox!

12. Top This!

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Chronicle Books

Age: 4+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 15 min.

Create fun and imaginative ice cream sundaes using a spinner and “toppings” cards to keep your demanding customers happy!

13. Frog Party

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Orchard

Age: 4+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 10 min.

Learn to count by racing your frogs to the center of the board where the frog party is bumping! A simple, easy-to-learn game that encourages group play.

14. Hoot Owl Hoot!

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 4+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 15 min.

A cooperative pattern-recognition game that can be made more or less challenging depending on how many owls you include, your goal is to work together to get all the owls back to their nest before the sun rises.

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15. Feed the Woozle

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 3+ Players: 2-5 Playing time: 15 min.

The Woozle likes to eat some seriously silly snacks, and you’ll have to work together to use the cards, die, spinner, and Woozle spoon to make sure he never gets hungry.

16. Where’s Bear?

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 2+ Players: 2 Playing time: 10 min.

This super-cute block-stacking, matching, and observation game is a great first board game for kids as young as two years old.

17. Colorama

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Ravensburger

Age: 3+ Players: 1-6 Playing time: 20 min.

Match your playing pieces to the game board using dice and your best color-matching skills. This game has multiple levels of play so kids can advance as they develop.

18. Zingo!

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Think Fun

Age: 4+ Players: 2-6 Playing time: 15 min.

A matching “Bingo”-like game with the extra-fun element of the Zingo Zinger, which spits out tiles as players race to be the first to yell “Zingo!”

19. Outfoxed!

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Gamewright

Age: 5+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 20 min.

A brilliant card-based whodunnit game, Outfoxed! will test your deductive reasoning skills and cooperative play as you use your special evidence scanner to solve the mystery.

20. Sushi Go!

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Gamewright

Age: 8+ Players: 2-5 Playing time: 15 min.

Test your shape recognition by reaching into the bag to find the right pieces to fill up your bedroom game board. If you find a monster, toss it into the monster pit!

21. Rat-a-Tat Cat

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Gamewright

Age: 6+ Players: 2-6 Playing time: 20 min.

Use strategic thinking, a little bit of bluffing, and memory to get rid of rat cards while collecting cat cards to end up with the lowest score.

22. Yeti in my Spaghetti

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PlayMonster

Age: 4+ Players: 2-6 Playing time: 5 min.

Remove the noodles one by one while trying to make sure the yeti stays balanced and doesn’t fall into the bowl. This game is simple, wacky fun that doesn’t take long to play.

23. Monkey Around

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 2+ Players: 1-4 Playing time: 10 min.

A deck of cards full of fun and silly prompts to do actions like balancing, high-fiving, and hopping, Monkey Around is inspired silliness with lots of action.

24. The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

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Educational Insights

Age: 3+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 15 min.

Spin the spinner and use color-matching skills to fill your log with acorns, while strategically “stealing,” “picking,” or “losing” an acorn to add another layer of fun.

25. Dinosaur Escape

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Peaceable Kingdom

Age: 4+ Players: 2-4 Playing time: 20 min.

Get your dinosaurs to Dinosaur Island before the volcano erupts! A delightful cooperative game for kids who love dinosaurs.