It can be difficult finding a board game for boys who are the age of 5 and under. Parents often want games that are more educational in nature while others want to make sure that the game in fun. Well in my opinion all board games are educational to some degree as they often require kids to count, recognize colors and shapes, and learn basic strategies to try and win. The list below encompasses my top picks for boys around the age of 5.
Don’t Step in It
No of Players: 1+ (4-6 Players seems to work best)
Time: 30 minutes (But the kids Just. Kept. Going!)
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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Reinhard Staupe’s Sherlock Memory Card Game
No of Players: 2-5
Time: 15 minutes
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 boys around the age of 5 and is also fairly inexpensive to buy.
Hasbro Candyland the board game
No of Players: 2-4
Time: 30 minutes
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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Number of Players: 2-8
Time: 15 minutes
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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No 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.
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Finding the Perfect gift for a 5 Year old boy
Those were my top picks of board games for 5 year old boys. You seriously can’t go wrong with any of these as they are all great as both games to entertain and as educational tools.
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.