Our top nine family board games for young kids

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The four of us are fond of games in general, either outdoors, video-games or board games.  Family board games are fun, sometimes easy to bring along on holidays and are a very source of fun during Family nights. Here are some of our favorite ones.
Our kids are aged 4 and 6 and can play all the games but the Monopoly one by themselves. That said, we are always keen on tagging along.

1. Time’s up kids

This has to be our family favorite. We simplified a bit the rules to make it easier for our 4yo but she loves it and asks to play it very often.

The kids version has cards with animals/objects drawn on them, and the objective of the game is to make the others guess what you have on your card using sentences, then a single word, then mimics.
For now, we only play the sentences version but still have loads of fun.

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Time’s Up

Age: 4+
What is it: Time’s Up is a charades-based party game for teams of two or more players.

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2. Uno junior

Uno is really useful on planes/trains… We have a version with animals which makes it really easy and educational for our daughter who is still learning numbers.

Unno junior board game

Uno Junior
Age: 3+
What is it: Uno Junior is a matching card game. Each player starts with 5 games and tries to match a card from his hand to the discard card. Age: 3+

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3. 3D Snakes and ladders

This is a funny game to play all together – completely random though. The objective is to reach the end of the board as fast as you can by rolling the dice and moving your token, but beware of the snakes that will bring you back down.

3D Snakes and Ladders Board game

3D Snakes and Ladders
Age:  5+ recommended but can be played from 3+
What is it: A climbing, sliding, spinning action game!

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4. Connect 4

My daughter is still learning how to play, she prefers building a pile on the side ignoring the other player, but my 6-yo son loves it.

We like it because the sessions can be really short and can be used instead of a rock, paper, scissors to choose the movie we are going to see.

Connect 4 Board game

Connect 4
Age:  6+
What is it: Drop your discs and be the first to get 4 in a row to win.


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5. Seven Families

This is a game we used to play in France and brought with us to London. We do have a kids version that has the father, mother, brother and sister of seven different families. The cards are shuffled at the beginning of the game and the purpose is to collect the four member of the same family by asking one of the other players the card you need. 


6. Monopoly Cars

We have the flash Mcqueen version of the game. My kids have started to enjoy playing only recently. We still need to read the chance cards, but it helped them learn numbers and be more confident with the notes.

Monopoly Cars board game

Monopoly Junior
Age:  5+
What is it: Introduction for young kids to the iconic Monopoly game.


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7. Monster Catcher

The aim of Monster Catcher is to collect as many monsters as possible by matching the color of monster feet cards to monster head cards.

It is a very easy game that teaches turn taking and color matching.

Monster catcher board game

Monster Catcher
Age:  3+
What is it: A color matching game for young kids.


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8. Jumbling tower game

We do have a Paw Patrol version, where the wood pieces are either yellow, blue or red. The player throws the dice and has to remove a piece of the same color and place it on the top of the tower.

We like this game because it requires patience, thinking and helps with the kids’ agility.

My kids love when an adult loses and breaks the tower, however they don’t like the tidying bit though 🙂

Paw Patrol Jumbling Tower Game

Paw Patrol Jumbling tower game
Age:  4+
What is it: Building a tower by removing a block and placing it at the top.



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9. Guess who?

We play this game quite often, where the aim is to guess the other player’s hidden card by asking yes or no questions.

Guess who - Our top nine family board games for young kids
Guess who? Board game

Guess Who?
Age:  4+
What is it: Each player chooses a mystery character and then using yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player’s mystery character.


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What do you play at home? Are there any games you suggest? We are always looking to expand our games collection.

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If you enjoy board games, check out this list of our top 9 favorite family board games, including some classic games such as Monopoly. Let's bring some fun to family night!

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8 Comments

  1. My family loves playing board games! We even make some of our own games! Mouse Trap is a fun game as well. We also like playing a lot of older games, but they can be kind of pricey. My favorite game is Scategories. I also love Masterpiece.

    1. Hi Jessica,
      I just checked what Scategories was. My kids are a bit young for it but I am sure I would like it.
      Thank you.

  2. My kids loved board games when they were young (and still do, now that they are in their 20s). I’ll love to try Seven Families.

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