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
Number of Players: 2-4
Time: 15-30 min
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
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
Number of Players: 2-4 (3 is the optimum amount of players)
Time: 30-45 minutes
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
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.
Read the Full Review of Spot it
Number of Players: 2
Time: 10-15 min
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.