Board games come in handy, they’re cheap and of great benefits for kids at the age of 5. They satisfy kids desire for competition and quest to learn new concepts and skills like letter/number recognition and reading, counting, sorting, color and shape recognition, visual perception, manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
After a well detailed research on board games suitable for 5 year olds, we have put together a list of best board games for 5 year olds.
The world of a 5 year old is so much more different to that of kids in the earlier ages. At this point, kids begin to manage and express their feelings better with a lesser outburst of anger and sadness, they now pay attention for longer spells, like see an animation movie from start to end, learning an average of 7/8 words a day, get more physically expressive and can take little personal decisions.
Yet, one essentially important factor is play. It’s still how your kids learn most, building social, emotional, mental and thinking skills.
35 Board Games For 5 Year Olds: Perfect Birthday & Christmas Gift For 5 Year Old Boys & Girls.
1. Magnetic Go Game Set
The perfect beginner’s Go game set with 181 black and 180 white magnetic plastic single convex stones and a set of two plastic bowls called ‘gosu’. The game is an abstract strategy board game for two people, simple enough to be understood and played by a 5 year old, yet challenging enough to engage the older ones.
The aim of the game is to surround more territory than the opponent does with one player using the white stones and the other using the black. Players take turn to place their stone on the vacant intersects (points) on the board. The player who controls more territory at the end of the game wins.
2. Guess Who? Board Game
A classic two players memory harnessing game. The game has two separate boards, one to each player with each board having 24 faces. The other components of this board game are a 24 piece mystery face cards and an illustration instruction pamphlet.
The game’s idea is to correctly guess the exact character out a possible 24 that the opponent has picked. Each player is allowed to ask yes or no questions from the opponent pertaining to their character features eliminating wrong faces. The first player to guess his/her opponent’s character wins the game.
3. Chutes And Ladders
Climb up and slide down in the exciting game of ups and downs. Great game for helping children learn about numbers and counting, with a foldable game board with spaces numbered one to hundred and diagrams of chutes and ladders, the game is so much fun and can be played by 2 to 4 kids at a go, with each player picking one of the four colored game pieces/ tokens.
The game play is as exciting as it’s many features with each player taking turns to spin the spinner to determine how many steps to take from whatever spot they are, if they land on a ladder, they climb up to wherever it leads to while they go back certain steps if they land on the chutes. The winner of the game is whoever guides his/ her token to the last number (number 100).
4. Monopoly Junior
A simplified version of the famous board game Monopoly, designed specifically for young kids to play. It’s fast, simple and full of surprises. The board games include a game board, 4 tokens, 20 chance cards, 48 sold signs, 90 banknotes, 4 character cards and a die.
The game is playable for 2 to 4 kids at a go, with each player picking a favorite token. Throwing the die in turn, kids race their token around the board, buying properties they love like the ice cream outlet or the toy store, placing a sold signs on their properties.
Once any player runs out of money and can’t buy an unowned property, they rent, pay fine till the game is over. Other players count their money, the kid with the most money wins.
5. The Floor Is Lava
The floor is lava is an excitingly interactive board game for kids and parents, playable anywhere; home, school, picnic, party… all that’s requires is the game set which will turn every floor into an adventure lava jumping ground. This will keep your kids away from the restless jumping around on the couch and tables which can be dangerous for them.
With 25 attractively colored non slip foams as jump stones/ safety stones, kids can jump, leap, twist their way to safety through physical activity, imagination and pure fun without touching the ground. Other items of the set are 7 challenge cards, game spinner and instructions allowing 2 to 6 players to participate at a time.
6. Classic Trouble Board Game
The classic trouble board game is got a colorful fascinating plastic game board, 16 colored playing pegs (4 pegs in 4 different colors each) and a pop up die at the middle of the board. The die is popped by each player to determine the number of step a peg of theirs would take as they aim to be the first person to move all pegs round the board game.
The game teaching kids to take turns as the game can be played between 2 to 4 people, developing their spirit of competitiveness in a proper way and instilling the value of good sportsmanship. Playing this game builds your 5 year old kids minds as it is duly engaged and exercised
7. Stare Junior Board Game
Memory challenging game differentiating between hard look and paying attention to details. This game teat and train their visual memory skill through fun and complete excitement. The game set contains a game board, 160, fun image card with 960 different questions, sand timer, playing pawns and die.
Kids can play individually or as a team, with each side staring at an image card for 30 seconds or as long as you set as rule, after which the opponent flips the card over and ask questions about the image to see how much they can recall. Guess right and you advance on the board.
8. Robot Face Race
Creates by Ivan Moscovich, a veteran toy and game inventor with over a 100 different game, toy and puzzles, the robot face race really turns the gear.
The storyline to the game is “ a crazy machine inventor needs your help to complete a robot he’s building, he’ll show you the body features of the robot, while you help him find a suitable head”.
To play, kids have to shake the robot randomizer and watch it magically reveal the colors of the robots face, eyes, mouth and nose, then the 2 to 4 players scan the game board which has 120 different robot faces looking for the head that matches the features shown on the randomizer.
The first to find the matching head gets a scoring token, while the first to get 5 scoring token wins the game.
9. Scrabble Junior
This scrabble junior game is easy for kids to play and lots of fun. The board game is double sided, one side of the board has kids matching letters to form words with colorful pictures and character tokens as clues and to track scores respectively, while the other side have kids build their own words from scratch.
The game can be played by 2 to 4 kids, each picking his/ her own character token from green letter sprinter, yellow word surfer, blue DJ word or red wacky wordy.
A point is given when a player completes a word, while 2 points is given to whoever completes a word same color as his/her token.
10. Clue Junior Game
Written boldly on the game pack, its “the case of the missing cake”. This fun and exciting “who ate it” game for kids is a strategy and problem solving teaching game with clues uncovered throughout the game and by the process of elimination, players can hone in on suspects.
The goal of the game is to figure out who ate the cake, when it was taken and what drink was taken along with it. The player who figures out all three wins the game. The game includes clue special characters such as Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, col. Mustard, Mr. Green and prof. Plum.
11. Checkers and Tic Tac Toe Double
This board game presents the opportunity of playing two different great games on just one game board. On one side is the classic game of checkers and on the other is the simple strategy Tic tac toe game, with both games as ancient as the Roman empire yet remains one of the most widely played game of all time.
The objective of the checkers game is to capture and remove all of an opponents checker pieces from the board by jumping over each in a forward diagonal direction and landing on an empty square. For every checker piece that goes all the way to the last row, they become Kin, which can now move diagonally forward or backward.
Tic tac toe, on the other hand, is won by the player that’s able to arrange his/ her 3 tiles in a row either diagonally, horizontally or vertically.
12. Sequence For Kids
Classic game of sequence just for kids. This interesting and exciting strategy game helps develop logical thinking skills. The game set includes one foldable game board, 42 playing cards, 84 playing chips and a complete instruction manual.
The game is played by 2 to 4 players, each player plays a card from their hand and places a chip on the corresponding character on the board. The first player with four chips in a row has formed a sequence and wins the game.
Among the cards are some special wild cards though, with the unicorn card affording the player the possibility of placing the chip anywhere while the dragon card removes opponent’s chip.
13. Set Junior Board Game
Another two sided board game, with the first side teaching kids matching and recognition of sets, kids are required to match their tiles to a square on the board by color, number and shape. Kids could proceed to playing the second side after mastering the first. Here kids race to find as many set as they can.
The set junior game builds cognitive skills and memory recall, sharpening kids mind and enhancing their creativity level. The board game also includes 27 tiles, 24 point chips and an instruction pamphlet.
14. Maple Hand Painted Double Sided Game
A classic game of aggravation, also referred to as Wahoo. The game’s board has an hexagon shape and it’s double sided so you can play with up to six players on the one side and up to four players on the other side.
The other components of the game includes 24 marbles in a drawstring carry bag, an instruction pamphlet for play and 6 dice. Each player moves their maple around the board according to the roll of the dice and sending an opponent back home if you land on a space they already occupy.
The first player to lead all his marble through the board and back home wins the game.
15. The Lady Bug Game
Beautifully designed board game created by Kylie Copenhagen, a first grader as at the time of creation of this game. The Lady Bug board game simple and easy to learn with children playing independently in no time. It includes a game board, 4 Ladybug pawns and stands, 61 Aphid chips and praying mantis passes.
The game can be played by 2 to 4 kids introducing them to basic math concept through a fun filled game play. Kids love the enchanting story of the game, acting as the hero by helping their ladybug back to the road garden and avoiding the praying mantis and collecting aphids to feed the lazy ants.
16. Robot Turtles Coding Board Game
Designed by Dan Shapiro, the Robot Turtle coding board game was the most backed board game in kick starter history when first released. The game provides stealth learning experience where kids (players) learn key fundamental programming principles through a fun and easy to learn medium.
2 to 5 players can play, dictating the movement of their robot turtle tokens on the game board by playing code cards; forward, left, right. If they make a mistake, they can use a bug card to undo a move. When a player’s turtle token reaches a jewel, they win.
17. Brain Freeze Board Game
Do you want a game that your kid will not want to put away as it’s so much fun? Then look no further than the brain freeze board game. Interestingly, the game benefits the brain every time it’s being played teaching the kids logic and deduction, and also developing the their mental skills through exciting back and forth gameplay.
Like the guess who and mastermind games, two players or teams race to correctly guess the secret sweet treat that the other player or team has chosen, making guesses, recording answers and eliminating variables until they feel they can correctly guess the opponent’s sweet treat. Guess right and win, guess wrong and get a brain freeze!
18. Magnetic Ludo
One of the most popular board games in the world played by 2 to 4 players. This particular set is one of the finest Ludo available in the market, it’s compact, colorful and magnetic, so even if bumped into during play, the game pieces stick together and game progress isn’t lost.
The Ludo game objective is to race the four given tokens of yours (if there are 4 players) , playing to the roll of the dice before your opponent does, with possibility of sending back hone your opponent’s token if you land on the same square they already occupy.
19. Candy Land
This game is sure to interest your little kids as it features 44 colorful cards, fun illustrations and 4 gingerbread man movers that kids love. It can be played by 2 to 4 kids at a go with the drawn card determining the next step of each player; draw a blue card, move to the next blue stepping stone, draw a snowflake and earn a visit to Queen frostine’s iceberg.
Its such a delicious travel time as players try to be the first to go all the way to the King Kandy’s castle to win, with enough adventurous stopovers such as peppermint forest, lollipop palace, licorice lagoon and some occasional pitfalls too like the molasses swamp.
With instructions available, kids are able to learn to play easily learning about turns in game and been gracious as a winner or loser.
20. Magnetic Snakes and Ladders Board Game
A classic game simple and fun games for children with a colorful foldable magnetic game board with spaces numbered one to hundred and diagrams of snakes and ladders, the game is so much fun and can be played by 2 to 4 kids at a go, with each player picking one of the four colored game pieces/ tokens.
The game play is as exciting as it’s many features with each player taking turns to roll the dice to determine how many steps to take from whatever spot they are, if they land on a ladder, they climb up to wherever it leads to while they go back certain steps if they land on the snakes.
The winner of the game is whoever guides his/ her token to the last square at the top of the board, the square is numbered 100.
21. Wild Kratt’s Race
Wild Kratt’s race is one of the most engaging game for the kids, 5 years of age due to it’s simple yet mind challenging enough to keep them coming back to it. The game combines science education, adventure and so much fun. The game set includes a game board, 4 wild Kratt’s movers, 16 creature power suits token and creature power disc tokens, spinner and rules.
Game can be played by 2 to 4 players as players play the part of the Kratt’s brothers and friends, racing around the world collecting power suits. Along the way, they unlock secret passages on the game board that allows players to bypass their opponents.
22. Junior Chess Board
The kid friendly version of the popular classic board game everyone knows and love. Junior chess was developed to help kids learn the fundamentals of the strategic, mind building game. It provides a fun and exciting way to improving problem solving skills and logical analysis.
This chess set for kids include 32 sleek chess cubes with traditional chess symbols and featuring 12 mini games, that expounds on the games basic with little steps and reduced number of pieces, building upon one another as well as the rules of the rook, bishop, knight, pawn, queen and king.
23. Reverse Charade Board Game
Reverse charade is a hilarious twist on the classic game of charade getting everyone involved in the act. It’s a family game that kids will fall in love with and parents will really enjoy playing with their kids. This is a game that will create so many memories for the family at large.
As a reversed version, instead of one person acting out a clue for a team to guess, a team acts out a clue for one person to guess. The team with the most correct guesses wins the game which contains 500 words and phrases and 60 seconds sand timer.
24. Mystery Board Game
A game to challenge the problems solving skills of the 5 year old kid. Kids are enjoined to play together, helping each other to reach the target, thereby building social skills and a value for team work as everyone discuss ideas and shares strategy.
What’s hidden behind the secret door? Kids have to figure out from this engaging and adventurous game that they are sure to love. The game can be played by up to 8 players together searching through the mansion to find clues that will help recover the looted valuables and also nap the thieves before the time runs out.
25. Cash flow Board Game
Developed by renowned entrepreneur and author of the best selling personal finance book of all time (Rich Dad, Poor Dad), Robert Kiyosaki. This game is the ultimate realization of his vision to teach investing and wealth building, and the very beauty is it’s a game simple enough to be played by your 3 years old kid.
Every player starts out in what is tagged “the rat race” with the goal been to get out of that circle and move into the fast track which has it’s own track on the same game board. The two tracks can be played independently or together.
The set comes with a beautiful game board, a stack each of accounting sheets and profession cards, three dices, a pack of coins, two packs of cash flow money notes, four packs of deal cards, six pencils, six rats and cheese pieces.
26. Stop, Relax and Think
An interesting game that encourages kids to express their thoughts and feelings and teaching them how to solve problems. Similar to “talking, feeling and doing game” above but with a different scope. Parents are enjoined to join in on this as they’ll get to learn a lot about their kids, things they might never have though of. The game can be played by up to six players.
The game is played with all players having a piece or play chip placed at the start position. Going through the squares on the game board, each player pauses, brood and responds to the demand of the square in which their play chip lay, after which a token is given to the player. The player with the most chip at the end of the game, wins.
27. Topple Board Game
A three-dimensional board game for the whole family, great for spatial relationship, math skill and simple building. The game is for 2 to 4 players and the set includes a plastic topple tower and stand, 48 colorful plastic pieces, game die and complete instruction.
A little luck and a steady hand will make you a winner in this exciting balance game. Players take turn to roll the die and place pieces on different levels of the tipsy topply game unit. With more pieces as added, the tower rotates, tips and sways. Players must ensure they aren’t the one that makes all the pieces come toppling down. To win, complete a row of five pieces.
28. Hi Ho Cherry-O Game.
Hello pumpkins, let’s go pick up your favorite fruits till the basket is full. You can provide your kids with such opportunities to learn the names of their favorite fruits and doing basic math operations like counting, adding and subtracting without even knowing it.
This exciting game can be played by 2 to 3 kids, though an adult presence for assembling is required to start, with the game board, a spinner with arrow and base, 9 piece puzzle, 4 fruit baskets, 40 fruit pieces (10 each of cherries, blueberries, apples and oranges).
The game is decided to have been won by the player that’s first to pick up 10 fruits with the spin of the arrow determining how many fruits to be picked or returned to the tree by each player.
29. Blokus Deluxe
A game of one simple rule yet brain teasing, fun and competitive. The game rule is that each piece played must touch another of the same color at the corners. It’s a game that can be played by 2, 3 or 4 people and it’s challenging enough even for the adult minds.
Players take turn to place pieces of their choosing color on the board, following the rule and strategically looking for means to also block your opponent, limiting his/her gameplay. When the board is full, each player counts up the squares in their remaining pieces whoever has the least number of squares left wins the game.
30. Magnetic Chinese Checkers
Designed for optimum portability yet with an exceptional ease of play, this checkers game set is one of the best in the market today. The game board and the playing pieces are magnetic, which helps against disruption when there’s a bump during game play.
The playing pieces comes in 3 sets with each one having it’s own different color making it possible for the game to be played by 2 to 3 persons at a time. The aim of the game is to be the first player to move all ten pieces across the board and into the triangle opposite. The first player to occupy all 10 destination holes is the winner.
31. Wooden Chinese Checkers and Gobang Set.
This board game is a double sided fun filled game set. Designed to develop the brain of the kid, inspire exploration and encourage their natural curiosity that leads to a life time of learning. One side of the board is a Chinese checkers while the other side is the famous Gobang (5 in a row).
The Gobang game can be played by just two players, the person with the black chips goes first and must place the first chip on the center point, called “Tian Yuan”. The first player who gets an unbroken line of five chips vertically, horizontally or diagonally wins the game.
32. Peg Board Games For Toddlers
A great game to introduce the basics of learning and development. Board games don’t come more appealing and attractive with very exciting beautiful bright colors sure to keep your kids engaged for long periods of time. The game set includes 1 green foam board, 36 pegs of 6 different shapes in 6 unique colors and an activity book.
For your 5 year old kid(s), this is a game that can be played alone or with others, with the basic idea been to stack up the pegs on the board, it could also be played as a counting, sorting or matching game with the different modes teaching the kids color and shape recognition.
33. Hoot Owl Hoot
Colorful, beautiful board game playable for 2 to 4 kids with several skills to be learned from the continuous play of the game, such as strategic thinking, social skills, ability to plan ahead and working as a team. Apart from the game board, the game pack includes 1 sun token, 6 owl token, 14 sun cards and 36 color cards.
The game is played with each player drawing a card and moving their token to the space of the color drawn on the board, if a sun card is drawn, then player is one step closer to daylight (end of the game). All the owl (tokens) must reach finish line before the sun rises to win.
34. Super Set of 12 Board Games.
Its beautiful to have one of the numerous board games at home for your kids, it’s even better to have board games that can be used to play two or three games as that add choice to the fun the kids will get from the game and that wouldn’t let them bore out on a particular game, but nothing compares to the possibility of having 12 different games and that more interestingly in a single pack.
The game set includes exciting games like chess, checkers, Chinese checkers, tic tac toe, backgammon, snakes and ladders, nine men morris, solitaire, auto racing, Ludo, space venture and racing.
35. Deluxe 15 In 1 Table Top Wood Center.
Then, again why settle for less when you can actually get 15 different top board music in one pack that will keep kids endlessly entertained. This table center is designed basically to thrill your kids every day with distinct challenge and immense fun in divers means.
This rich game center includes games such as checkers, chess, Chinese checkers, Parcheesi, tic tac toe, solitaire, pass out, snakes and ladders, mancala, backgammon, poker dice, playing cards, go fish, old maid dominoes and all the pieces needed to play each and every game. This center is just exactly what you need.
Considerations In getting Board Games For 5 Year Olds
Board games provides fun and beneficial indoor activities, and for kids 5 years old, it represents more than just a want and be categorized in the column of needs on the list of to be purchased. It’s quite essential then for parents to know what they want with reference to their kid(s).
Getting a board game for a kid this age, parents must understand that their wards are developing faster, having more and more fine motor skills, blossoming imaginations and a higher level of understanding that the infant kids.
So, look for game that play to their strength, such as a strategic, imagination tasking game or such that will help enhance the skills and abilities they have come to develop and also teach new ones.
Benefit of Board Games for 5 year olds
Playing board games for kids is an exciting experience they’ll cherish and enjoy, much more of it’s with their family and friends as it gets to strengthen relationship connection and improve them in several different area of life. Game play, enhances their social skills, verbal communication and ability to share things.
As odd as it sounds, board game set up, the game play and the packing after play can teach the little kid(s), 5 years old a sense of responsibility and indeed up their reasoning such that it becomes easier for them to follow instructions, rules and regulations.
Board games also have several educational benefits such as teaching kids numbering, lettering, counting, matching, sorting, color recognition, shape recognition, basic math skill, fundamental science works and programming languages.
Overall Best Board Games for 5 year olds
For us, all the game in this list are great and awesome for the home. Picking an overall isn’t as easy, considering that every game on the list merited it as several other games were screened out.
From the chess junior board game to the monopoly junior, checkers, Chinese checkers, Set junior, snakes and ladders, candy land, sequence and all, we have presented top quality, fun filled and profitable games.
So, why go for one when you can actually have a 12 in one with the Super Set of 12 Board Games or better still the larger game center of 15 in 1 Table Top Wood Game Centre.