Are you wondering what the best kids games are right now? This list includes games that are ideal for kids in the 6-10 age group. As you may know, most games cater to ages under 6 or ages 10 and up. It is harder to find board games for kids ages 6-10. This list is based on how well the product is selling right now as well as ease of play for children in the 6-10 age group.
This list of the top 5 board games for kids is limited to those games that are only board games. As such, there are no card games included in this list.
Guess Who? by Hasbro
The main idea of this game is to guess who the other player’s character is. Two players take turns guessing each other’s character by asking one deduction question at a time. The player who guesses the other’s character first wins. Recommended age is 6-12 years. This is an ideal board game for kids because it is based on using visual cues to make deductions. My 8-year-old loves this game and her 16-year-old sisters will even play this with her on occasion. You can find Guess Who with the kids board games at most larger stores, such as Walmart, and online at amazon.com1. List price is $17.99, but it can be found for less.
Connect Four by Hasbro
The object of this games is to make a tic-tac-toe type match of 4. Two players take turns sliding their pieces into a vertical rack, the first player to “connect 4” wins. Recommended age is 7-14 years. Most kids can learn regular tic-tac-toe very easily at a young age. This is a good board game for kids in the 6-10 age group. This twist gives enough challenge for older kids so they don’t feel like they’re playing a baby game. My kids have all liked this, we even had a travel version. You can find Connect Four with the kids board games at stores like Walmart and at amazon.com2. Amazon.com sells the game for $19.99.
Trouble Board Game by Hasbro
The idea of this game is to be the first player to get all four of your pieces around the board. 2-4 players take turns “popping” the dice in the enclosed dome, then moving each piece according to their roll. There’s one catch. If another player lands on your piece, you must go back to the beginning. Recommended for ages 4-9. This is a good board game for kids because they can’t lose the dice, and the pieces set on raised bumps on the board. It’s not too easy because you may get sent back to start. We had this game for years until the kids absolutely wore it out. If you can’t find Trouble in your local store, you can also find it on amazon.com for $16.99.
Blokus Classic by Educational Insights
The object of this game is to be the first to get rid of all your pieces. 2-4 players take turns placing their odd-shaped pieces on the board. This game is quite challenging as there are rules as to how you can place your pieces. One rule is that you have to touch another player’s piece, but only at the corner. The player to place their last piece wins. Recommended for ages 5 and up. This is a good board game for kids because it encourages spacial thinking. This is the most awarded board game for kids for the 21st century so far, with more than 20 awards. We don’t have this game yet, but are eager to purchase it. You can find Blokus Classic with the kids board games at most larger stores like Target, and online at amazon.com for $29.99.
Sorry! Family Game Night Edition
This game is similar to trouble since you have to be the first player to get all your pieces home. 2-4 players take turns moving their pieces around the board by drawing a card with a number. This number will have you move either forward or backward. Larger numbered cards can be divided between two pieces. If another player lands on your spot, that piece gets sent back to the beginning. Recommended for ages 6-11. This is a good board game for kids because they have to decide how to split up larger numbers between pieces, how many pieces to have in play at one time among other factors. We had this game as well, with all the kids wanting to play. You can find this with the kids board games in most larger stores and on amazon.com. I selected the Family Game Night Edition because it is less expensive than some of the newer editions. List price is $22.99.
1 amazon.com; Guess Who? Board Game; http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4800-Guess-Board-Game/dp/B00000IWDR/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1245054688&sr=1-1 www.amazon.com
2 amazon.com; Connect Four; http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4430-Connect-Four/dp/B00000IWI1/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1245054785&sr=1-1 www.amazon.com
3 amazon.com; Trouble Board Game; http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-4658-S5-Trouble-Board/dp/B00000DMFN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1245054896&sr=1-1 amazon.com
4 amazon.com; Blokus Classic; http://www.amazon.com/Educational-Insights-2995-Blokus-Classic/dp/B00011F5DK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1245055031&sr=1-1 amazon.com
5 amazon.com; Sorry! Family Game Night Edition; http://www.amazon.com/Sorry-Family-Game-Night-Edition/dp/B00000IWD0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1245055100&sr=1-1 amazon.com