Gifted 4 years old +
Beat the parents
Catan (Junior version – The kids enjoy it and it has the flexibility for fewer players – however it really is nothing on the full version. ),
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 )
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.
Harry Potter Clue,
Hoard (Released 2017)
King of Tokyo
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).
Ticket to Ride
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 🙂 )
Tsuro (2004) the game of the path, Tsuro of the seas, Tsuro: Phoenix rising.
Ninty Noe or Bust
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)
Dice Games –
Dino Dice, Go Nuts
Monopoly Empire (faster).
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)
Catan – the full version. There are a number of editions eg Settlers of Catan, Barbarians and Traders of Catan
Dungeons and Dragons (possibly 9 and up)