Best Board Games for Bored Kids
Summertime means vacations, whether it’s for a weekend or a week or two. Camping or cottaging. Or just a staycation at home. It’s family time and for us that means putting away the screens and the PDA’s and bringing out the boardgames.
We spend time at the cottage every summer and have test driven MANY many games. It’s an art to create a game that is easy to understand yet challenging enough to keep you and your kids engaged.
Here are my favorite games for kids and families, the ones we play again and again.
For ages 4+, this game is one that you will enjoy playing almost as much as your kids. It’s my favorite early board game.
Not only will they practice their adding and subtracting skills as they move around the board (finger counting allowed!), it’s an introduction to strategy and risk-taking. Will you keep the bananas that you have or will you risk losing them by drawing one more card?
(You may have to order it from the UK)
The great thing about card games is that they are portable. On a ferry? Pull out the cards. Waiting for a plane? Pull out the cards. Stuck in the tent in the rain? Yes, pull out those cards.
4 up! is the next card game after your kids master Go Fish. For ages 4+ and 2 players, the different versions of the game grow along with your kids and their math skills.
Winner of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Best Toy Award and the 1996 Mensa Best New Game, Rat-a-Tat Cat is for your older kids (8+). They’ll develop their poker face as they use strategy to get rid of their high cards and go for the low cards.
It’s rated for 6+ but my husband and I play it late into the evening after the girl has gone to bed. Probably the oldest game in the world, it’s ALL about staying two steps ahead of your opponent.
What do you get when you cross dominos and spelling? Appletters. Instead of connecting the dots you connect the letters. Appletters helps early readers develop spelling, strategy and cooperation skills.
You probably already have heard of Rory Story Cubes, right? Did you know that they come in different versions? Being a kinesthetic learner my daughter loves acting out the actions while linking them together in a story. For all ages.