Best Board Games for 8 Year Old Boys

best board games for 8 Year old boys

There are heaps of great games for 8 year old boys as this is the age where a lot of games start their age recommendations. The list below comprises of games that I feel are most suitable for boys who are 8 years old and is a healthy mix if classic favorites and new games. I hope this list gives some good inspiration for anyone looking to give board games as a gift.

Sushi Go

sushi go review

Number of Players: 2-5

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Sushi go is a fun strategy card game where players are trying to collect certain types of sushi to maximize their sushi points. It encourages formulating different strategies and risk assessment in its gameplay and can be used as a learning tool for these skills. The art is a fun Japanese anime style and while it may appear more on the feminine side, I feel this is too good a game to discredit it for boys on the basis of aesthetics. Highly recommend.

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Sequence

sequence board game review

Number of Players: 2-12

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Sequence is a strategy based board game where you want to place your marker 5 in a row, similar to connect 4 but more complex. When you play with more than two players you form 2 or 3 teams with the end goal being to create sequences before the others. This is a great game to play as a family as the parents and kids can team up and makes the game play feel fairer. The strategies can get a little advanced but is also a great way to push 8 year olds to be more strategic in games.

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Clue (Cluedo)

clue review

Number of Players: 3-6

Time: 45 – 60 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Clue (Cluedo outside America) is a classic board game about solving the murder of Mr. Black in his mansion. You play as one of 6 characters who collect clues by visiting rooms and making accusations. This was one of my favourite board games as a child and I believe that the game still holds up to this day. There has been many editions and additions to the base game but the core concept and rules remain the same. Would highly recommend this game for any 8 year old boy.

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Monopoly

monopoly review

Number of Players: 2-6

Time: 120 min

Price: Medium-High

Monopoly is a great classic board game for any 8 year old boy. The game play has remained fairly consistent throughout the years and is fairly easy for new players to pick up.

There are also many versions of Monopoly with their own unique twists that you are sure to find a version that is the perfect gift. 

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Uno

uno review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 min

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 7 year old boys. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

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Finding the Best Gift for 9 year old Boys

And those were my top picks of board games for 8 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child.

I also have other lists ranging from 5 years old to teens so make sure to check those lists out too.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Sushi Go! Review

sushi go review

Basic Information for Sushi Go!

sushi go review

Number of Players: 2-5

Age: 8+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Introduction to Sushi Go!

Sushi Go is a fun family card game where players are trying to collect certain types of sushi to get the maximum amount of points. It’s a great game to play with anyone aged from 8 to adults. Its fluid play style makes it easy to learn and teach to new players which makes it a great game to pull out at small parties or family dinners. I own both the base version and Sushi Go party which has additional sushi types and goes up to 8 players which I play often at family dinners.

How to Play Sushi Go!

First take out all the puddings and set them aside and shuffle the remaining sushi together. Then take a number of puddings as listed in the rules and add them to the deck and shuffle again. Deal out the sushi cards and then place the rest to the side (including the unused puddings). Each player then choses one sushi from their hand and places it face down in front of them and hands the rest of their cards to the player to their left. Before people pick up their new hand of cards they reveal their chosen sushi that is face down in front of them. Players then pick up the new hand of cards they just received and play continues until there are no more sushi left to pass on. Players then count up their score and keep note of it on a piece of paper. Whoever had the highest score at the end of 3 rounds is the winner.

sushi go party review

Common Sushi Go! Mistakes:

Puddings are added in the deck at the start of each round. They do not count towards individual rounds but to the final score at the end of the three games. Players keep their puddings that they play throughout the game next to them until the game is over. The player with the most puddings gets an extra 6 point on their final score and the player with the least gets negative 6 points.

Chopsticks are a way to take two cards from a single hand, when a player places the chopsticks down in front of them instead of a regular sushi, they are creating a placeholder for a sushi when they see two that they want to get in a single hand. Please note that they do not necessarily need to use it in the next hand of cards they receive. Once a player has taken two sushi from a hand of cards, they place the chopsticks back in the hand of sushi and pass that hand to the next player who may also chose to play the chopsticks.

Maki Rolls are another slightly tricky one. You want to collect the most of them so that you get the most points (6). The individual Maki rolls on the cards have not point value themselves.

Notes on Sushi Go

The first time I played sushi go the owner had not read the rules properly at all so even though it’s a relatively simple game to play we initially played a hugely broken variant. From this experience I always insist on reading the rules as I feel that it’s important to try and play the game as intended and to avoid any misinterpretations of the rules which can lead to some severely broken mechanics. With Sushi go just make sure you read the rules and keep an eye out for the puddings, chopsticks, and Maki rolls.

Top 10 Best Board Games for Couples

board games for couples

It can be very difficult to find good two player games for couples to play. A lot of games have a 3 player minimum (like Catan) or, even though they technically can be played with two players they are far better with 3 or more. Listed here are my (and my partners) top 10 favorite board games to play when it is just us. I hope this list helps you find the perfect game to play with your partner.

1 Gloomhaven

gloomhaven review

Time: 45-60 min per session

Cost: Very High

What can I say about Gloomhaven that I haven’t already? It is by far one of the best board games ever made period and the fact that it’s also a great game to play as a couple is the ultimate bonus. Some players prefer to play this with the full 4 players, but from personal experience I can say that playing through the main campaign with my partner was a blast and I would not have wanted to play it any other way. It’s cooperative nature means that you will either win together or lose together, a theme that you will see is fairly common in this board game list. Gloomhaven is my number one pick for a couple’s board game.

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2 Pandemic

Pandemic Review

Time: 45 min

Cost: High

Pandemic is another cooperative board game where you and your partner assume different roles to try and save the world from a series of diseases. Pandemic is certainly not for the faint of heart as even on the easiest difficulty winning is not guaranteed. This is a great game to play with your partner as the two player experience is just as good as the 3 and 4 player one. If you and your partner like a challenge, definitely check out Pandemic as your next couple’s game.

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3 Ticket to Ride

ticket to ride review

Time: 45 min

Cost: High

Ticket to ride is the first competitive game to make this list. You and your partner are trying to complete as many destination tickets as you can to gain the most points and win. My personal favorite map of the ticket to ride series is the Europe map as the stations come in handy, especially when playing with more than just your partner. When playing Ticket to Ride with two players you can only use a single route once, even if there are multiple tracks on that route. With this rule variant the two player version of ticket to ride can feel just as cramped (and just as fun) and the three to four player games.

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4 Takenoko

takenoko review

Time: 30 – 45 min

Cost: High

Takenoko is an adorable game set in medieval Japan in the garden of the emperor. Players are trying to be the first to complete 7 objective cards and have the most points at the end of the game. This is a great game to play as a couple as the game is just as fun with two players as it is with 4. The advantage of a two player game is that the games themselves can go a little faster. I have heard some people saying that the art style is too ‘girly’, but I personally love the bright and colorful art and those who dismiss the game based off that are truly missing out on a fantastic gaming experience.

Full Review coming soon.

5 Kingdomino

kingdomino review

Time: 15 min

Cost: Medium

Kingdomino is a fun domino placing game where the aim is to make as many large groups of colors as possible for maximum points at the end. In the two player version of this game each player goes twice in the one round using both of their king tokens. Each game of Kingdomino typically lasts around 15 minutes so it’s a great game to play to the ‘best of three’ or whomever has the most points at the end of the three games. It’s also a fairly chill game compared to others on this list and is easy to learn and play.

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6 Castle Panic

castle panic review

Time: 60 min

Cost: High

Castle Panic is another cooperative game to make this list. You and your partner are trying to work together to defend the castle from the invading goblins and ogres. The art style is fun and colorful and the game mechanics really force you to work together to overcome the hordes of monsters coming at you. This is a great game to pull out and play with your partner (or even by yourself!)

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7 Fog of Love

fog of love review

Time: 60 min

Cost: High

Fog of love is a rom-com in a board game. You and your partner have quirks that make you the ‘quirky’ protagonist of your rom com and secret goals to keep the ‘will they wont they’ tension alive. Fog of love is one of the more complicated board games to play on this list but is defiantly a great game to play with your partner. Being designed for two players certainly gives it the edge over some others on this list.

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8 Stuffed Fables

stuffed fables review

Time: 45 – 60 min per session

Cost: High

This game also suffers from the ‘cuteness’ like Takenoko, but take it from me, it’s a fantastic game! My partner and I started playing this and could not put it away. In stuffed fables you play through a campaign as a little girl’s stuffed animals protecting her from the evil that is under her bed. You can play as one character each or (and what I strongly suggest) play as two characters each for a total for 4 stuffies. My partner and I gave each stuffie a unique voice and personality and that really added to the overall experience of playing the game. Definitely check this game out if you and your partner are really into role playing games.

Full Review coming soon.

9 Lord of Waterdeep

lords of waterdeep review

Time: 60 min

Cost: High

Lords of Waterdeep is a great resource management game where you play as a lord of Waterdeep who is trying to complete as many quests of a certain type as they can. The two player game of this is great and the board is certainly less claustrophobic than a 4-5 player game. This was one of the first big board games my partner and I played together and I can certainly attest to its fun game play and fun game mechanics.

Full review coming soon.

10 Love Letter

love letter review

Time: 30 min

Cost: Low

I personally adore Love Letter. While you can play it with two players it is admittedly better with at least three. In saying that it’s still a great little game to play with your partner at home or on trips where you want a little game to pass the time. It also comes in a cute velvet bag so it’s easy to put in your pocket and take with you.

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Kingdomino Review

kingdomino review

Basic Information for Kingdomino

kingdomino review

Number of Players: 2-4

Age: 8+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Medium

Introduction to Kingdomino

Kingdomino is a tile placing game where players are trying to build the land around their castle using the domino tiles. It’s a great small fun game that is really easy to learn and uses a good amount of strategy. This is a great game to play with older kids as I feel the game is fairly balanced between kids and adults playing together. I really enjoy the art style and the overall and also won game of the year in 2017.

How to Play Kingdomino

Each player has a castle and a king that matches their castle colors (2 player games have 2 kings). To set up you shuffle the domino tiles and place 4 face down in the center and the rest are face down in the box. You order the tiles from lowest to highest and flip them over. Players decide who goes first and they will play their king on one of the 4 domino options and continue in a circle for this first round. Players then take out another 4 domino tiles and place them face down, again ordered from lowest to highest. Player then flip these tiles, and the player that placed their king on the lowest value tile gets to go first for the next tile choosing. The next lowest value player then choses and so on.

kingdomino game review

Players are trying to build a 5 x 5 grid using the dominos. They are no allowed to breach the 5 x 5 land limit so sometime a player will have one less domino on their final board and there was no place to put it. You must match at least one color to the same color (except for the starting castle tile) and build out your kingdom following the basic domino rules. Once half the total tiles are used players should have a 5 x 5 grid (or almost a full 5 x 5 grid). Points are counted with the amount of crowns there are in one connected color group. For example, I have a large forest of 5 tiles that has two crowns. 5 x 2 is 10 so I receive 10 points for that forest. I have a single forest tile that is not connect to that forest and has no crown, it does not earn any points. The player with the most points wins.

Notes on Kingdomino

Like sushi go or other point based games you can play to see who has the most points are the end of 3 games. Kingdomino is also a great couple’s game to play. Me and my partner will usually play this if neither of us a feel like playing a biggest game like Gloomhaven or Pandemic. It’s a great little game and I highly recommend it.

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Guide to buying a board game as a gift

guide to buying a board game as a gift

Have you ever found yourself trying to find a good gift but don’t know where to start? Well I always say that there is a board game for everyone and its my goal to help you find the perfect one. Whether it be for a child, sibling, friend, parent or other, I believe that you can find a great board game by asking yourself a few simple questions.

Who would they be playing with?

How many board games do they own (if any)?

Do they want a board game that’s easy to learn or want a more complicated game?

Would they prefer a cooperative experience or a competitive one?

Can they get good replay value from the game?

These questions are good starting points to go off from because they narrow down the type of game you are looking for.

If you are buying a board game for a kid, check out the best board games for kid’s page we have for a list of some popular games. Remember when buying a board game for someone who is young, you want it to be easy enough to play, but not so easy that they lose interest. Most games have a varying age bracket, and you can use them as a rough guide for what game will be good.

board game buying guide

If you a buying it for someone who is fairly new to board games, you can check out our best classic board game list. That list covers most of the basic board games that most people will at least have heard of, so the familiarity might make them more invested in the game when playing. You can also check out our best party games page which has a good list for both new and casual gamers.

If you are buying for a more seasoned player, check out my list of hardcore board games which are game that I personally love as an avid board game player.

Regardless of skill level and age, there is a board game for everyone and that is what this whole website is about, trying to help you find the perfect board game!

How to choose the right board game?

Board Game Buying Guide

When buying a board game for yourself, it’s good to ask a few small questions.

Who will I be playing this with?

Do I want a more involved board game or one that’s easier to learn?

Do I want a cooperative board game or a competitive one?

What is my budget?

What replay value does this game have for me?

Board Game Buying Guide

These are good starting questions to narrow down what sort of game you would like to get. For instance, if you were playing with you kids, you would want a game that is easier to learn and play. If you were playing with adults, you might opt for a game with more complex rules and mechanics. There are some board and card games that can be played by yourself, but for the most part its assumed you will be playing with someone else so it’s good to keep them in mind when purchasing a new game.

There are also different game types. One being whether it is co-operative, the players versus the game, or competitive with everyone against everyone. Pandemic is a good example of a popular cooperative game, where the players fight against disease outbreaks all over the world. On the flip side, you have games like clue (cludeo) or Monopoly where only one player can win and they play against their friends for the victory. There are of course some games that tip-toe this line of cooperative and competitive play like Betrayal at house of the Hill (a personal favorite of mine).

Pandemic Review

Especially when it comes to the more expensive board games, you want to make sure you are getting value for money through replaying the game a lot. Some games will only have a limited number of replays due to certain mechanics within the game and others will have infinite replay value. It all depends on the style of game, and of course who you are playing with that will determine these factors. For people who are starting out with board games, I would recommend going with the more classic style board games which are generally a little cheaper due to their popularity.

In the end through, it all comes down to personal preference and you will like some games more than others and that’s okay! As long as you are giving it a go, you will defiantly find a few board games that are perfect for you and your situation.

If you are looking for a game to buy someone else, check out my guide to buying board games as gifts article for some ideas how to find the perfect gift.

Best Board Games for 7 Year old Boys

Best Board Games for 7 Year old boys

Buying a board game for a 7 year old can be tricky. A lot of board games have a minimum age of 8+ and these young tikes are just below that threshold. In saying that, there are still plenty of board games that are age appropriate for boys of this age. Below I have complied this list of my top board games for 7 year old boys and I hope it will be helpful.

Ticket to Ride First Journey

ticket to ride first journey review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 15-30 min

Pricing: High

Ticket to Ride: first journey is the kid adaption of a popular European style board game called ticket to ride. This game differs from the original with a smaller map and a faster game time. This is a great game for any 6 year old boy who loves trains and is a great way to start teaching them about geography. I personally love the ticket to ride series and see this as a great Segway to kids into the more serious board games when they are older.

Read the Full Review of Ticket to Ride First Journey

Spot It

spot it review

Number of Players: 2-8

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Spot it (previously known as Dobble) is a face paces card game where players are trying to match the pictures of the card in their hands to the ones in the stack before the other players. Even though its typically rated for ages 6+ any 5 year old with a knack for identifying figures and colours could play this after a few practice rounds. It also comes in a handy travel sized tin so if perfect for a game on the go or even on long plane trips.

Read the Full Review of Spot it

Guess Who

Guess Who board Game review

Number of Players: 2

Time: 20-30 minutes

Pricing: Low to Medium

Guess Who? is a game where two players try to guess each other’s chosen character based of asking simple yes or no questions. This is a fairly simple game, great for young kids, and is fairly quick to play. Guess Who? It’s great for teaching kids colours, facial recognition, and basic deductive reasoning. Guess Who is a stable of children’s board games and still holds up to this day.

Read the full Review of Guess Who

Uno

Uno Review

Number of Players: 2-10

Time: 30 – 60 min

Pricing: Low

Uno is a classic colourful card game that is perfect for 7 year old boys. Its fast paced, easy to learn and great to play with family and friend. Uno is a staple of most people’s board game collections and is a great compact game to travel with. It’s got great replayability and is sure to be popular with kids well into their teenage years.

Read the Full Review of Uno

Catan Junior

catan junior review

Number of Players: 2-4

Time: 30-45 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Catan Junior is a great game to get kids to learn some fundamentals of board game strategy and resource trading. Based off the very popular Settlers of Catan, Catan Junior is another great game to help transition younger kids into more serious board games. This was a personal favorite of mine to play with my nephew as he quickly was able to form surprising complicated strategies for obtaining resources.  The pirate theme is also popular with young boys and has fun artwork that is pleasing to even adults.

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Finding the Best Gift for 7 year old Boys

And those were my top picks of board games for 7 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child. Most of these games are really versatile in terms of age so many of them also feature on my lists for board games for 6 year old boys and board games for 8 years old boys. Be sure to also check out those lists for further inspiration.  If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 6 year old Boys

Best Board Games for 6 Year old boys

Buying board games for 6 year old boys can be tough. I know when my nephew was that age we were constantly trying to find games that would challenge him, but not be so challenging that he did not enjoy playing them. Below I have composed a list of the board games he enjoyed the most, plus games that I as his uncle also enjoyed playing with him. I hope they give some good inspiration for family trying to find any table top game suitable for 6 year old boys.

Ticket to Ride First Journey

ticket to ride first journey review

Number of Players: 2-4

Age: 6+

Time: 15-30 min

Pricing: High

Ticket to Ride: first journey is the kid adaption of a popular European style board game called ticket to ride. This game differs from the original with a smaller map and a faster game time. This is a great game for any 6 year old boy who loves trains and is a great way to start teaching them about geography. I personally love the ticket to ride series and see this as a great Segway to kids into the more serious board games when they are older.

Read the Full Review of Ticket to Ride First Journey

Guess Who

Guess Who board Game review

Number of Players: 2

Age: 6+

Time: 20-30 minutes

Pricing: Low to Medium

Guess Who? is a game where two players try to guess each other’s chosen character based of asking simple yes or no questions. This is a fairly simple game, great for young kids, and is fairly quick to play. Guess Who? It’s great for teaching kids colours, facial recognition, and basic deductive reasoning. Guess Who is a stable of children’s board games and still holds up to this day.

Read the full review of Guess Who

Catan Junior

catan junior review

Number of Players: 2-4 (3 is the optimum amount of players)

Age: 6+

Time: 30-45 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Catan Junior is a great game to get kids to learn some fundamentals of board game strategy and resource trading. Based off the very popular Settlers of Catan, Catan Junior is another great game to help transition younger kids into more serious board games. This was a personal favorite of mine to play with my nephew as he quickly was able to form surprising complicated strategies for obtaining resources.  The pirate theme is also popular with young boys and has fun artwork that is pleasing to even adults.

Read the Full Review of Catan Junior

Spot It

spot it review

Number of Players: 2-8

Age: 6+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Spot it (previously known as Dobble) is a face paces card game where players are trying to match the pictures of the card in their hands to the ones in the stack before the other players. Even though its typically rated for ages 6+ any 5 year old with a knack for identifying figures and colours could play this after a few practice rounds. It also comes in a handy travel sized tin so if perfect for a game on the go or even on long plane trips.

Read the Full Review of Spot it

Connect 4

connect 4 review

Number of Players: 2

Age: 6+

Time: 10-15 min

Price Low

Connect 4 is a great two player game that two kids can play together. The name encompasses the basic idea of the game as two opponents try to be the first to connect 4 disks of their color together before the other player. Its fairly inexpensive and is a game that most kids can pick up easily.

Read the Full review of Connect 4

Finding the Perfect Gift for a 6 Year old boy

And those were my top picks of board games for 6 year old boys. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child. For more game suggestions also check out my list of best board games of kids or my other lists for kids aged 5 to teens. If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 6 Year old Girls

Best Board Games for 6 year old Girls

There are some fantastic board games for girls around the age of 6. The list below comprises the favorites from my own 6 year old niece plus some personal favorites of mine to play with her and the family. If you are looking to get a fun board game as a gift then I hope this list will provide some great gift inspiration for 6 year old girls.

Ticket to ride First Journey

ticket to ride first journey review

Number of Players: 2-4

Age: 6+

Time: 15-30 min

Pricing: High

Ticket to Ride: first journey is the kid adaption of a popular European style board game called ticket to ride. This game differs from the original with a smaller map and a faster game time. This is a great game for any 6 year old girl who loves trains and is a great way to start teaching them about geography. I personally love the ticket to ride series and see this as a great Segway to kids into the more serious board games when they are older.

Read the Full Review of Ticket to Ride First Journey

Guess Who

Guess Who board Game review

Number of Players: 2

Age: 6+

Time: 20-30 minutes

Pricing: Low to Medium

Guess Who? is a game where two players try to guess each other’s chosen character based of asking simple yes or no questions. This is a fairly simple game, great for young kids, and is fairly quick to play. Guess Who? It’s great for teaching kids colours, facial recognition, and basic deductive reasoning. Guess Who is a stable of children’s board games and still holds up to this day.

Read the full review of Guess Who

Don’t Step in It

Dont Step in It Game for Kids

Number of Players: 1+ (4-6 Players seems to work best)

Age: 4+

Time: 30 minutes (But the kids Just. Kept. Going!)

Pricing: Low-Medium

Don’t let the name fool you, Don’t step in it is a great game for kids to play at birthday parties. It involves the kids taking turns to walk on top of a mat covered in fake poo to try and get to the end. The rules are fairly self-explanatory and kids of all ages can play together. Would definitely recommend as a gift for a a kid around the ages of 5 and under.

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Spot It

spot it review

Number of Players: 2-8

Age: 6+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Spot it (previously known as Dobble) is a face paces card game where players are trying to match the pictures of the card in their hands to the ones in the stack before the other players. Even though its typically rated for ages 6+ any 5 year old with a knack for identifying figures and colours could play this after a few practice rounds. It also comes in a handy travel sized tin so if perfect for a game on the go or even on long plane trips.

Read the Full Review of Spot it

Connect 4

connect 4 review

Number of Players: 2

Age: 6+

Time: 10-15 min

Price Low

Connect 4 is a great two player game that two kids can play together. The name encompasses the basic idea of the game as two opponents try to be the first to connect 4 disks of their color together before the other player. Its fairly inexpensive and is a game that most kids can pick up easily.

Read the Full review of Connect 4

Finding the Perfect Gift for a 6 Year old Girl

And those were my top picks of board games for 6 year old girls. I hope that this list was helpful in trying to find games that might be suitable for your child, or as a gift. For more game suggestions also check out my list of best board games of kids or my other lists for kids aged 5 to teens. If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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Best Board Games for 5 Year old Girls

Best Board Games for 5 year old Girls

For some reason board games have been associated with boys, especially in their younger years. Well I believe that board games are for everyone, regardless of age and gender. To disregard a board game as a gift for a little girl solely based on her gender is depriving her of a fun, and often time’s very educational experience. I feel quite passionately about this as my youngest niece loves board games and I always hear my parents and other family members (not her own parents of course) saying that board games are for boys and that ‘she won’t enjoy them.’ It is my hope that this list (and the lists for the other age groups) show that board games are for girls as well and that they are fantastic gifts!

Catan Junior

catan junior review

Number of Players: 2-4 (3 is the optimum amount of players)

Age: 6+

Time: 30-45 minutes

Pricing: Medium

Catan Junior is a great game to get kids to learn some fundamentals of board game strategy and resource trading. Based off the very popular Settlers of Catan, Catan Junior is another great game to help transition younger kids into more serious board games. This was a personal favorite of mine to play with my niece and nephew as they quickly were able to form surprising complicated strategies for obtaining resources. 

Read the Full Review of Catan Junior

Sherlock the Memory Card Game

Sherlock Memory Card Game Review

Number of Players: 2-5

Age: 5+

Time: 15 minutes

Pricing: Low

Sherlock is a memory card game that is great for young developing minds. There is a stack of cards in the middle with 8 cards surrounding the stack face down. The player then points to a card and guesses what the card is, if they are correct they move to the next card (following the prompts on the correctly guessed card) and go around the circle until the arrive at a card that is face up. Play continues until a player has won a certain amount of cards or there are no more in the stack. This is a great gift for girls around the age of 5 and is also fairly inexpensive to buy.

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Hasbro Candyland the Board Game

candyland board game review

Number of Players: 2-4

Age: 3+

Time: 30 minutes

Pricing: Low

Candyland is a fun board game for boys and girls between the age of 3 and 6. Players are trying to find the lost king of the Candy Kingdom and the only way to find him is to play through the game. This is a great game to play with young kids who are learning to count since it has very simple game mechanics and a fun color palate.

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Spot It

spot it review

Number of Players: 2-8

Age: 6+

Time: 15 minutes

Price: Low

Spot it (previously known as Dobble) is a face paces card game where players are trying to match the pictures of the card in their hands to the ones in the stack before the other players. Even though its typically rated for ages 6+ any 5 year old with a knack for identifying figures and colours could play this after a few practice rounds. It also comes in a handy travel sized tin so if perfect for a game on the go or even on long plane trips.

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Guess Who

Guess Who board Game review

Number of Players: 2

Age: 6+

Time: 20-30 minutes

Pricing: Low to Medium

Guess Who? is a game where two players try to guess each other’s chosen character based of asking simple yes or no questions. This is a fairly simple game, great for young kids, and is fairly quick to play. Guess Who? It’s great for teaching kids colours, facial recognition, and basic deductive reasoning. Guess Who is a stable of children’s board games and still holds up to this day.

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Finding the Perfect Game for 5 year old Girls

And those were my top picks of board games for 5 year old girls. You seriously can’t go wrong with any of these as they are all great as both games to entertain and as educational tools.

I actually started my niece on a few of these as young as 4 years old and to this day loves to play Spot It and Catan Junior.

For more game suggestions also check out my list of best board games of kids or my other lists for kids aged 5 to teens. If you have any suggestions send them to me through my contact page. I’m always looking for new games to try.

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