Board games are SO fun, no matter whether you’re young or just young at heart! Playing board games with your child teaches them rules and allows them to develop skills such as strategy and good sportsmanship.
Here are some insanely fun board games that you should consider owning if you have a child under five years old:
This classic, colourful and vibrant book written by Eric Carle now has it’s very own board game! Over 50 years after its release The Very Hungry Caterpillar remains a staple at baby showers and early learning bookshelves.
Take a nostalgic trip down memory lane as you move your caterpillar token from fruit to fruit and collect a unique butterfly puzzle piece each time your caterpillar stops to eat. The first player to assemble their butterfly by collecting all five pieces win the game!
This fun, book-based board game allows your child to develop their decision-making skills by having the freedom to move any direction on the board.
This classic game of strategy and luck has been played for many generations but has recently encountered many modern movie twists. This board game comes in many up-to-date awesome designs including Spongebob Squarepants, Toy Story 4, Disney Princess, Frozen, Cars 3 and Harry Potter.
POP the dice and be the first player to move all four coloured pieces back to your finish line to win!
This game is the perfect way to introduce your child to colours and shapes! No reading or number skills are required. The aim of Colourama is to place all the shapes and colours in the corresponding positions on the game board. Colourama will encourage your child to develop visual sensory and logical skills.
Similar to Colourama, Qwirkle encourages your child to match shapes and colours. However, this game also requires your child to make strategic moves and use sharp thinking skills in order to be successful. To score points during the game, players must build rows of coloured tiles that match either in colour or in shape. If you manage to connect six in a row, you score a “Qwirkle.”
The player with the most points when the tiles run out is crowned the winner! Qwirkle will teach your child colours and shapes but also the value of strategising in board games.
Oh no! Mrs Plumpert’s cherished pot pie has gone missing, and it’s up to you to crack the case!
In Outfoxed, you must move around the board game to collect clues and then use the special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. You must work quickly to solve the mystery before the pie-stealing suspect gets away! Are your detective skills up to the case – or will you be outfoxed?
This is a simple board game in which everyone’s a winner! To start, players place the coloured wooden snails at the starting line. Each player takes a turn to roll two coloured dice and moves the snail to the square matching the colour they’ve thrown. As the race progresses, players can try to work out which snail will be the first to cross the finish line.
It’s impossible for players to lose a turn or get sent backwards. No player is attached to a specific snail so no one can lose! Snail’s Pace Race is a great, straightforward game the requires no reading or number skills.
No matter your families level of skills or competitiveness, chances are you’ll love one (or even more) of the board games we’ve listed here! Board games are a great way to spend quality time with your child and develop skills that they’ll use all their life. Playing board games provides children with a digital detox and helps them develop early skills such as reasoning, critical thinking, spatial awareness, socialisation, communication and attention.