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5 Best Inexpensive Board Games for Kids

Updated on June 18, 2012

1. Candy Land Kids Board Game Ages 3-6

A great game for younger kids, this colorful board game offers an adventure through candy canes, sugar plums, gum drops, and frosty castles! This is recommended for ages 3-6 years. It's very visually stimulating. It helps teach children colors and counting.

You shuffle the cards and take turns drawing cards and moving to the appropriate colored square while trying to avoid the traps! This game will create many fun family nights and your kids are sure to love it. Candy Land is a must have for children's first board games!

2. Hi Ho Cherry-O Board Game for Kids Ages 3-6

A simple and fun game that allows kids to practice counting. Be the first with 10 cherries in your basket and win! Pluck the cherries from the tree and don't spill your basket! Watch out for the rascally dog too! Another visually stimulating game that's great for children to learn and practice counting with.

Be sure you play this game with children 3 and up only, the cherries are small and could pose a choking hazard for younger children. So if you have younger children, be sure you keep the pieces picked up and the game out of their reach. Still a classic great game that should be included in some of your children's first board games.

Sum Swamp Kids Math Board Game

A great kids board game for practicing their math skills!
A great kids board game for practicing their math skills!

3. Sum Swamp Board Game for Kids Ages 4 and Up

Unique and fun approach to helping your child learn math! Now this game is not recommended for children under 3 due to small pieces, but even adults say they enjoy playing it with their kids over and over! Help them learn addition and subtraction skills while making their way through wildly twisting and turning swamp. Look for short cuts and watch out for traps while practicing your odds and evens!

A wonderful concept that's education for children and enjoyable for parents even after playing multiple times. With a 5 star rating from multiple Amazon users, if you're going to chose just one board game, I recommend this one! It's got great educational value and a high fun factor that's sure to make family game night great!

4. Zingo Kid's Board Game Ages 4 and Up

This is a variation of Bingo that's fast paced and a lot of fun! A big hit among kids, it can also help to increase their vocabulary and reading skills as well. Children will love pulling the Zingo dispenser for 2 mystery tiles.

Take turns filling in your Zingo card with interesting tiles like worm, ghost, and bug. The first person to win yells Zingo! Parents say this game offers their children hours of fun as well as teaching them unique words that helps to increase their vocabulary. With a 5 star review from Amazon purchasers, this inexpensive game is great as a gift too. They pull tiles out with different words and pictures on them then match them up to the pictures on their game cards. A version of Bingo made kid friendly and educational, a great choice for a board game for your kids!

Zingo Board Game Demonstration

Award Winning Kid's Board Game Qwirkle

5. Qwirkle Board Game for Kids Ages 6 and Up

This unique game is a twist on Scrabble that has been a huge success as well. It was the runner up for Best Family Game in 2007. It also won the Mensa Best Mind Game award and Major Fun award in 2007! Though younger kids can play with a bit of help, it's not for kids under 3 due to small pieces.

It has tiles that are imprinted with several shapes and colors. Players begin by drawing out 6 tiles and then playing the ones that have something in common on a large table top or flat surface. For instance, a yellow star, red star, and green star could all be played. Shapes can be played together that match colors as well. A pencil and paper is needed to tally scores and the game ends when all tiles are played.

A great game for teaching strategy and is fun for parents as well. It has a 5 star rating from Amazon purchasers and it's awards speak for themselves! This game can take up to 45 minutes or longer which is why it's recommended for slightly older children. Still Qwirkle is a huge hit, you won't be disappointed!

Board Game Starter Pack

Family Game Night and Starter Pack

There are many great games not mentioned here. I tried to include some classics along with some new ones that you and your children would enjoy. Having a game night is something I remember as child and enjoyed so much. All week we would look forward to what board games we would play that night. We laughed, we had fun, and we made memories. If you don't have a set family game night, I recommend choosing a day doing it every week with your children. It can help them learn as well as creating wonderful memories. There is no substitute for good quality family time!

If you're looking to start a family game night routine, you may have a look at this game starter pack to get you going. It's also good for when your child hits about age 3 and can really start learning to play and enjoy these board games! This pack is full of classics and is a great starter for your child's board game collection!

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      Suzanne Kirkhope 4 years ago from California

      Coming from England to live in the USA, our family was new to Candyland, but both my kids loved it and still play it. We have just got Quirkle for my daughters 7 th birthday. At the moment we are playing without scoring to get the hang of it, but I really like the game, and the wooden pieces feel really well made.

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      Vampsdes 5 years ago from Missouri, US

      I had heard Apples to Apples was really good too! Chutes and Ladders was great as a kid I agree. I also played Candy Land a ton with my siblings and grandparents when I was little. Something about that vivid colorful board, you could really picture yourself in a land full of candy. There were many games as a kid that I really loved but they didn't seem to be popular with everyone so I didn't include them. Cooties was one of my absolute favorites too! Thank you all for commenting I really appreciate it!

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      Amanda S 5 years ago from CA

      Some of my favorites were Trouble, Guess Who, and Sorry. Apples to Apples is also a great game to play with the kids today. Thanks for the suggestions.

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      Voted useful! I loved Candy Land. I drove my family crazy, wanting to play that all the time.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Other than chutes and ladders, which we always called snakes and ladders, I don't think that I have played any of these. They all look colourful and fun for kids though.

      Shared, up and useful.