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 (2004) the game of the path, Tsuro of the seas, Tsuro: Phoenix rising.
  • 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 homemade Headbands with inventors, philosophers, musicians, elements etc. It’s pretty much a mashup between Headbandz and Animal/Mineral/Vegetable.

Gifted 8+ Games

  • Thunderbirds collaborative board game, ( 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
  • Windspan
  • Terraforming mars

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