Board & Card Game Ideas

Gifted 4 years old +

Articulate

Bananagrams

Beat the parents

Blokus,

Battleships

Boss Monster

Catan (Junior version – The kids enjoy it and it has the flexibility for fewer players – however it really is nothing on the full version. ),

Carcasonne

Chess.

Chess – No stress Chess (is a great way to introduce it and it has the standard board on the flip side when ready to progress.)

Chess – Tic Tac Chec (If you think the full game is too tricky – you can get a game called ‘tic tac chec’ that is a more basic game designed to teach chess as a first step for younger kids.  https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/3540/tic-tac-chec )

Cluedo

Cranuim

Dragon Wood

Dixit

Forbidden Island – Both rated for much older children, but the first is definitely fine for a 5 year old with a long enough attention span.

Fandooble

Goblet.

Granny Wars

Harry Potter Clue,

Hoard (Released 2017)

King of Tokyo

Monopoly,

Mastermind

Mancala

Munchkin

Patchwork

Pictionary

Pandemic

Rumikub

Shut the Box –  a 4 player maths game, where you roll 2 dice and can add, subtract, multiply or divide to pull down each of your counters (numbered 1-10).

Scrabble Junior

Shushi Go

Ticket to Ride

Ti-chu

Trivial Pursuit  – Junior  (Trivial pursuit is hands down the family favourite. You can get family edition with a set of cards for kids as well as adult cards, plus you can buy extension packs on specialist things (like Dr Who 🙂 )

Yatzee

Card games

Aquarius,

Dragonwood,

Gubs,

Kodama,

Tsuro of the ?

Quartermaster

Monopoly Deal

Ninty Noe or Bust

Thinkfun,

500 (preschool teachers didn’t bat an eyelid and kindly accommodated them, we just had to provide fresh packs of cards and they enjoyed the challenge lol)

Gin Rummy

Go Fish

Patience

Uno,

Set

Dice Games  –

Dino Dice, Go Nuts

Yatzee.

Black Jack

Monopoly Empire (faster).

Yahtzee

Home made Games

We also play home made Headbands with inventors, philosophers, musicians, elements etc. It’s pretty much a mashup between Headbandz and Animal/Mineral/Vegetable.

Gifted 8+ Games

Thunderbirds collaborative boardgame, ( It’s really challenging. It’s fantastic! Great for a VS boy because it has plastic 3d Thunderbird ships and crew making it easier to follow the game)

Risk

Catan  – the full version. There are a number of editions eg Settlers of Catan, Barbarians and Traders of Catan

Scrabble

Dungeons and Dragons (possibly 9 and up)

Forbidden Desert