What Are Good Board Games for Families

It's hard to drag children away from their gadgets, however, if there's one thing that will get them to give up their devices, it's a good old-fashioned family board game. The best way to find the perfect game for your family is to find a game that can appeal to all ages. Easier said than done!

If your board games are shoved to the back of a shelf and rarely played, then try some on this list, which are guaranteed to get your reach for them time and time again.

Snakes & Ladders

A classic for the younger players, it is a great game for children of all ages. Just roll the dice and remember you climb ladders and slide down snakes. Great to help younger children with basic maths skills and even learning patience.

Happy Families

This is a game that requires a lot of luck and good strategic thinking. The object of the game is to get as many families collected as quickly as possible, and to do this you ask other players if they've got any cards that you don't have, and if they do, you can get them to give them to you. This is a very good family game to play and as it's in card form, it's great for travel or holidays. Or even just sitting at a table in a restaurant waiting for food!

Tic Tac Toe / Noughts & Crosses

This classic game makes a great travel companion and can be enjoyed by children and adults alike. A simple game that can be played in a few minutes that helps develop strategic thinking, competitive spirit, and turn taking skills.

  • A good way to pass the time with friends or family.
  • Develops strategic thinking and problem solving ability.
  • Introduces the concept of competition and turns it into a learning tool.


Children and adults alike will enjoy the excitement of racing each other to be the first to finish a lap on the board, gathering all of their counters.

Helps develop numerical skills. Develop positional language. Improves communication and social skills. Stimulates and develops the brain.


A great one to play on their own. It's a good way to practice your number sense and strategic thinking. Sudoku is a very good exercise for the brain because it forces the user to think logically. It is not necessary to fill in all the boxes with the same number. Instead, try to find the number that will fit into the box with the fewest number of moves. It is a good way for children to practice their number sense. Doing Sudoku puzzles improve memory and do crosswords improve verbal fluency.

Shut the Box

A simple and classic game which encourages the player to take turns, to take turns with dexterity and colour, and to recognize animals.Take turns spinning the spinner, and then flip the animal that lands on it. The player with the most animals at the end of the game is the winner.

  • A bright colorful game that can be played from a young age.
  • Builds hand-eye coordination, dexterity, color and animal memory.
  • No loose pieces make this a good travel game.

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