Board Games For Children and Family Game Nights

Kindergartners live in a world surrounded by the latest technological and electronic games.  Let’s not forget that old-fashioned board games that are still as popular as ever.  Board games help young children learn to count, learn to take turns, learn to lose or learn to win, learn to read, strengthen memory skills and to promote healthy and friendly competition. Do you have a family game night at your house? Maybe you should think about starting one.  Set aside one evening a week when no outside plans may be made and then mark it on the calendar. On the day of the family game night, fix a quick dinner and let the games begin.  Here are some suggestions of tried and true favorites for family game nights:

Ants in the Pants A popular game with preschoolers. Ages 3-6
Yahtzee Jr – This is a great board game to help your children develop their counting skills.

Pop-o-matic Trouble – The object of this board game is to the be the first player to move around the board and make it back to home. Trouble is for ages five and up

Sorry -. You draw a card to see how many spaces you can move, and you get to slide switch places with others or send them back to home. The winner is the person who gets all 4 pawns back to home. It is a board game for ages six and up.

Candyland – The object of the game is to be the first person to get their colorful gingerbread man around the board and reach the Candy Castle first. For ages 3-6.

Chutes and Ladders -. The object of this board game is to be the first person to the top of the board without getting slide back down to the bottom by a chute. Go up the ladders and slide back down the chutes! For ages 3-10.

Clue Jr With Clue Jr. you and your children will move around the board trying to solve the mystery of which pet hid what toy and where.

Bingo – Good for number, letter, or color recognition or just about any other skills that need to be learned.

Connect Four: It is played vertically, and the aim of the game is to get 4 checkers in a row first, while preventing your opponent from doing the same.


Scrabble: The aim of the game is to make the most scoring words, crossword style, as possible from 7 letter tiles, on the Scrabble board.

Battleship:  The aim of the game is to conceal the location of your ships from your opponents, while attempting to figure out the location of your opponent’s ships!

Yahtzee: Five dice are thrown at the same time. A scoring card has to be filled out with the results, with different combinations getting different points.

Twister: Spin the spinner which gives instructions on what color disc is to be selected on the mat, as well as whether a hand or a foot has to be placed on the disc

Pictionary Jr. : Players have to select a card, and attempt to draw the word so that their team can guess which word it is.

Boggle:  The aim of the game is to make as many words as you can from the letters that are currently displayed within the 3 minute time interval and defeat the other players.


Tomorrow’s blog will have board game suggestions for non-readers.


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