Thanks to Duraflame for sponsoring this post about board games for kids. This post contains affiliate links. As always that means I make a few pennies off your purchases. Which I might use to buy board games.
Right before I got it in my head to my put together a list of board games for kids, my talented friend Julie (who blogs at Build, Sew, Reap) built a custom fireplace surround for her wood burning fireplace. When she shared photos I immediately pestered her try out a fire log and take a photo of her sons playing a board game in front of the fire for this post. 🙂 She obliged.
Julie has this amazing knack for sourcing found materials for a majority of her projects, from custom kid beds, to yard storage sheds and of course, her fireplace. Don’t get me wrong, she makes her fair number of trips to the local hardware store, but she has wicked talent. This includes teaching her kids how to play chess. (For the record, I don’t know how to play chess.)
Up until this week, the weather in Seattle has been constant rain, so playing family board games in front of a fire was a win for her boys. She told me “the Duraflame was really nice. It burned HOT and for quite awhile.” – perfect for a rainy afternoon of board games.
Why board games are important…
Playing board games with kids are great ways to learn about rules and fairness, and also good old fashioned together time. Kids will develop pattern recognition, memory skills, counting, sportsmanship, There are games for all ages, and you will find that even the older kids would join in the fun of Chutes and Ladders! You’ll find some great family card games in this list too, because who can resist shouting UNO!!
This list has card and board games for kids of any age, and is by no means complete. If I’ve missed your favorite, it wasn’t intentional, I promise.
Board Games for Kids and Their Families
Chutes and Ladders
Hoot Owl Hoot
The Settlers of Catan
Apples to Apples
Hi Ho Cherry-O
If you’re not motivated by now to gather your family by a roaring fire along with some board games, I’m not sure what to say. If I’ve left off your favorite board game for kids and families, let me know in the comments.