9 Great Board Games for Younger School-Age Kids

Top games for younger elementary school age kids

Younger elementary school-age kids start to develop a love of games as they increase their verbal, reasoning, math, and other cognitive skills. Kids love competing and winning (which makes playing board games an ideal opportunity for parents to teach them how to be a good sport and show good manners when they lose--or when they win). Here are some great games for younger school-age kids to play as they strengthen their ability to strategize and use their growing skills to have fun with family and friends.

Moustache Smash

games for younger elementary kids - Moustache Smash
Spin Master

This is a smashingly-fun game that encourages fast thinking, memory, and observation. Each player holds a moustache up to his or her face and has to remember what it looks like. Then when a card with a moustache of the same shape or color is turned over, the player smashes down his or her moustache (which has a suction cup) and picks up the card. So much fun! Spin Master, $9.99.

  • For ages 7 and up (although younger kids will get this easily)
  • 3 to 6 players

Scrabble Junior

board games for younger kids - Scrabble Junior

This board already has words on it, so younger kids can just fill in the tiles as they get them. And the game grows with the child--as kids get older, they can turn the board over and make their own words, just like the versions of Scrabble for older kids and adults. Hasbro, $14.99.

  • For ages 5 and up
  • 2 to 4 players

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Guess Who?

board games for younger school-age kids - Guess Who game

This is a huge hit among the kindergarten and up set. Younger kids love guessing yes or no question about hair color, eye color, whether or not someone has glasses, and other features to try to guess their opponent's mystery character before their opponent guesses theirs. Amazon.com, around $24.00.

  • For ages 4 and up
  • 2 players


board games for kids - Blokus

This Mensa Award-winning game challenges kids to strategize and figure out how to place their pieces on the board according to the simple rule: Each player must put down their tiles touching only at the corners. The games go pretty fast--about 30 minutes--which is perfect for younger kids' shorter attention spans. Mattel, $19.99.

  • Ages 7 and up
  • 2 to 4 players 

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Reverse Charades

board games for kids - Reverse Charades
USAoploy, Inc.

This hilarious game is perfect for the whole family. It's charades in reverse--one person guesses while her team--parents, grandparents, siblings, or friends--try to act out the clues. It's the perfect game for a family gathering or a kids' party. Amazon.com, $19.95.

  • Ages 6 and up
  • 6 or more players

Tetris Link

board games for kids - Tetris Link
Techno Source

As with the classic computer game Tetris, players drop pieces of the same color into the grid to link them together while preventing their opponent from doing the same. It encourages kids to sharpen spatial and visualization skills and helps them develop strategies to win. Plus, each game only goes for about 15 to 20 minutes, which makes it ideal for younger kids and their shorter attention spans. Amazon.com, around $25.99.

  • Ages 6 and up
  • 2 to 4 players

Spot It Jr.! Animals

board games for kids - Spot It Jr.
Blue Orange Games

This version of Spot It! is perfect for younger elementary-age kids. They'll love looking for the matching animals on the cards, and they won't even realize they're sharpening their observation skills while they're having fun. Blue Orange Games, $9.99.

  • Ages 4 to adult
  • 2 to 6 players

Gobblet Gobblers

board games for kids - Gobblet Gobblers
Blue Orange Games

This fun game of concentration and memory is like a souped-up version of tic-tac-toe: Your opponent can gobble up your pieces before you can line up three in a row! Blue Orange Games, $24.99.

  • Ages 5 and up
  • 2 players


board games for kids -HedBanz

One of the silliest and most fun games for younger kids, Hed Banz is a game in which you ask questions to find out who you are (the answer is on your forehead so everyone knows except you). The first person to guess who she or he is wins. Spin Master, $14.99.

  • Ages 7 and up
  • 4 to 6 players

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