Top 5 Best Board Games for Kids | 2017 Reviews
When you consider the ubiquity of video game systems, tablets and phones in today’s homes – and kids’ fascination with them all – it’s somewhat surprising that traditional board games are still being sold.
Smart parents, though, realize that there are key skills that children can learn from playing “real” board games. Some games provide important reading and arithmetic practice for younger kids, some promote the use of logic and rational thinking which aren’t always called for in fast-paced video games, and most help children learn crucial socialization skills which usually don’t come into play when they’re staring at a tablet or TV screen.
The creation of a calm and relaxed environment for quality family time without deadly-serious competition is often sadly lacking in today’s world, but playing board games is one of the best ways to add that vital ingredient to a child’s development. Many games have come and gone over the years, usually because they were just fads or were unable to maintain kids’ interest over the long term. However, there are those which have not only survived but remain extremely popular among today’s parents, because they provide the same mix of education and fun that they did when first introduced.
In our rundown of the top 5 best board games for kids, we’ll be including some time-tested classics, as well as some newer games that may be unfamiliar to you but are well worth checking out. None are mindless time-fillers; we’ll leave that to the Candy Crushes of the world (and yes, we understand there can be pattern-recognition and hand-eye coordination benefits to many games you play on your phone). The board games on our list, though, are all intended to provide more substantial benefits for your kids while also being a ton of fun.
Before going through our list, you may want to check our Best Board Games Buying Guide here.
So, who goes first?
Quick Comparison Table
Scrabble and Scrabble Junior
Candy Land / Chutes & Ladders
Blokus and Blokus Junior
Ticket To Ride
The Game of Life