Family Board Game Recommendations

We do a game night every Wednesday so we are always looking for good family board game recommendations. You guys gave me a bunch during Poll the People on Sunday & I have organized them by age. 

If you’re new here, Poll the People is the game we play on Sundays in my Instagram stories where you can ask any question and the community will answer. Mostly it is this or that type questions, but occasionally we get open answer questions and I share the results.

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Toddlers & Preschoolers

family board game recommendations
  • Twister
  • Uno – since almost everyone already has uno, I am linking waterproof Uno. My neighbor brings these to the pool and we all love it
  • Pretty Pretty Princess – A classic that I remember from my childhood. Both Reagan & I loved this game when we were little (littler in Reagan’s case)
  • Hungry Hungry Hippos – One of my good friends use to give this at every birthday party and my kids absolutely loved theirs. 
  • Burping Bobby – Feed him, but watch out – you never know when he’s going to BUUUURRRRP!
  • Old Maid
  • Spot It – Super simple and the easiest stocking stuffer
  • Candy Land 
  • Shark Bite

Ages 5+

family board game recommendations toddlers and preschoolers

  • Charades
  • Bop It – a classic favorite that my kids love to pull out and play 
  • Suspend – a balancing game that reminds me of Jenga
  • Outfoxed – this is a game where you work together as a group to win as a team
  • Trouble – the fact that you can’t lose the dice on this game is clutch
  • Sloth in a Hurry – this is an improv that will get your kids moving creatively. Sounds perfect for a indoor day
  • Taco Cat Goat Cheese Pizza – my kids and I love this game. Eric hates it cause he always loses
  • Sequence Kids – We love this version and the adult version. It is really fun when kids start to understand the strategy behind it
  • Left Right Center – A quick paced dice game that is fun with a crowd

Ages 7+

family board game recommendations

  • Tenzi – this is a super fast & easy dice game. It feels like a spin on Yahtzee and I added it to my cart so fast. 
  • Ticket To Ride Junior – We were so excited to start playing this game with our kids. D started playing at 5 and after a few rounds of playing on a parent’s team he was kicking our butts individually
  • Phase 10 – this would make a great stocking stuffer
  • Skip Bo 
  • Harry Potter Clue – Clue is a classic and anything Harry Potter is a win in my book
  • Sequence – One of mine and Eric’s favorite games. We have played the junior version with the kids and they love it too
  • Sleeping Queens 1& 2 – This game was created by a kid and would make a great stocking stuffer
  • Sushi Go 
  • Spoons
  • Rack-O – this game is new to our family and we really enjoyed it
  • Monopoly Deal – I wonder if this would be a good into to monopoly. It is small and cheap so an easy stocking stuffer
  • Yahtzee 
  • Exploding Kittens – This is Eric’s number one pick for every game night
  • Blockus – It is like live Tetris
  • Harry Potter Catch the Golden Snitch – We gave this to a neighbor for his birthday. He said it is similar to Spoons and he liked it. 

Ages 10+

Family board game recommendations
  • HerStory – Essentially a matching game, but while learning about fabulous women in history
  • “No Thanks” – a strategy card game with a simple concept but math and strategy thinkers are going to kick butt at this game
  • Quixx – Another quick dice game but this one uses strategy
  • Queen Domino – easy to learn 
  • Monopoly – this is a cut throat game in Eric’s family 
  • Green Team Wins –  Think like everyone else and earn a spot on the Green Team. Write down what you think is the most common answer in the room
  • Ticket to Ride – this is one of mine & Eric’s favorite board games
  • Villanous – Disney lovers will love this game. It is a strategy game so Eric thinks it is amazing and I’m 50/50 on it
  • UpWord – It’s like Scrabble but with a twist

Two Player Games

We just created a HUGE Amazon list of two player games. All of the recommendations came from you during Poll the People. There are over 40 on our list here.

This is a big list but I am sure there are more good games out there. Let us know in the comments you family’s favorites.


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