Board games are such a great way for families of all ages and groups of all sizes to have fun together. Early readers can play with the whole family with this list of the best board games for 6 year olds.
Love For Board Games
The best thing about growing up with a large extended family I pretty much learned to love games before I walked. Many fond memories include playing board games and card games with my cousins, which is my ideal way to spend time with my entire family. The bigger the table, the more players that can be included at a time, the better.
My goal for game time is always fun. I want everyone to have fun and want to play again. If the younger kids want to play, but can’t always join on their own we throw them in with a partner to “help.” This lets them learn the rules and game play at a smoother pace. If winning is a concern in your family, look out for a cooperative board game. A cooperative board game is one where the players work together as a team. The goal is not to beat the other players, but to cooperate with your other players to reach a common goal.
Gameschooling and Homeschooling
One of my favorite things about games is that young kids are learning while they play. Some games teach math skills, others social skills. Either way, they will have so much fun they won’t even realize they are learning. There is a great community out there for learning via games, also known as gameschooling. It’s really popular in the home school groups, and those are great places to reach out about game suggestions for teaching specific skills.
Family games are the best way to make memories.
The Problem With Family Board Games for Young Players
The biggest problem with games catered to younger kids (looking at you Candy Land) is that they are so boring for everyone else. If the older kids or adults are bored, everyone can tell and the fun is gone. The perfect game is one that all can enjoy. Here are my family’s favorite games for elementary-aged kids with little required reading.
Our Favorite Board Games For Kindergarten Kids
On my list of games to try:
- Tiny Towns
- Space Base
- 5 Minute Marvel
- Guess Who
- Sum Swamp
- Zeus on the Loose
- My First Bananagrams
- Sight Word Swat
- princess hero
- clumsy thief
- Money Bags
- Couch Skeletons – for early math fact practice
- Dinosaur Tea Party
- Block Happy
- Cloaked Cats
- Dungeon Mayhem
- Super Tooth
- Trash Pandas
- Super Mega Lucky Box
- Stone Age
- 5 Minute Dungeon
- Machi Koro
Need more ideas for keeping the kids entertained? Check out the best classic card games for kids!
Looking to see if you will like a game? There is a cool site called Board Game Arena where you can test out board games for free. Its a great option to play a game and see if its a good fit for your family game night before investing the money.