Here at Gibsons, we’d like to think that we know a thing or two about the top children’s board games.
We also know that playing board games is a great way to have some good ol’ family fun; especially with your children! Not only is this screen-free time beneficial for your kid’s learning development and thinking skills, but board games also help to create some lasting memories that both you and your children will cherish. That being said, there are so many different family-friendly board games out there, so how do you know which one to pick?
Well, it seemed fitting that we consult the experts for their advice, which is why we asked some of the team to pick their top children’s board games. Take a look below to see some of our team favourites. All of these games are easy to play, fun for the whole family and, yes, pretty quick to tidy away after.
Let’s dive in!
Our team’s top children’s board games
Quirk! is a funny card game that’ll have the whole family in stitches. From saving the world, to breathing fire and making squawking noises, it’s no surprise that Quirk is one of our team’s favourites. The aim of Quirk! is to act your way to victory by collecting the most ‘Quirks,’ which you do by getting your best impressions at the ready!
This board game makes you embrace your silly side with sounds and actions, all while getting into a lot of mischief with your children and family. Quirk! is an amazingly-silly game for fantastically-fun people and provides interactive play for all ages. If you haven’t considered playing it before, then you should definitely add it to your list.
This board game is an easy, simple to learn tile-laying game that the whole family can have fun with. Designed for kids aged 5+, the aim of the game is in its name; in Three Frogs More you score points by making lines of, yes, you guessed it, three or more frogs of the same colour.
Now, we know that this may sound pretty straightforward, but with only three tiles in your hand to choose from and only one place to put each one, it’s a lot more challenging than you might think!
Three Frogs More promotes family fun, improves maths skills and encourages colour recognition and matching for younger kids, all helping to make it one of the top children’s board games currently available. Plus, the travel-size box is perfect for family trips and holidays!
Children can build an extraordinary team of leaders, pioneers, warriors, creators and champions in this unique set-collecting card game, all whilst celebrating inspiring women from throughout history.
The aim of the Rebel Girls Card Game is to collect and complete sets of character cards to score as many Rebel Reward points as possible.This empowering card game is perfect for helping your children learn about some of the incredible women throughout history, as well as encouraging them to be bold, work hard and remember to be proud of everything they have achieved.
It’s truly an inspiring game that might even motivate a few adults too!
This board game is a twist on the classic game of hot potato that’s even reduced a few grown-ups to tears! For about thirty nail biting minutes, your family’s nerves will be put to the test by the threat of the ticking bomb. Taking turns, you and your children must shout out a word that contains the letters on the card and pass the bomb before it ‘explodes.’
The suspense and tricky spelling challenges mean that Pass the Bomb is definitely for older children, but it still adds a bit of excitement to your family board game night.
Snakes & Ladders and Ludo
No list of top children’s board games would be complete without snakes and ladders! This classic family favourite has stood the test of time, and still remains a popular choice with children and adults of all ages.
This set is extra-special - on one side is a Snakes & Ladders board and on the other is a Ludo board, meaning you get two games for the price of one.
Happy Families is a traditional family card game that was created and first played all the way back in 1851! And the game was a success with families in Victorian times too, rapidly overtaking similar games that were popular at the time too.
The cards feature pictures of family members or job types, such as Bun the Baker. The object of the game is to collect complete families, making Happy Families a simpler, much more children-friendly version of Go Fish.
Are your children buzzing to try a new board game? Well, Honeycombs might be the one for them! In this is a family-friendly matching game, players connect tiles together by matching their symbols. The more matches you make, the more points you earn.
Honeycombs also has three different ways to play, each varying in speed and competitiveness, so you can choose the one that suits your family’s mood! The counters in this board game are made from ceramic and packaged in a bright drawstring bag, making it perfect to take on your family travels.
Sweet Dreams / Superhero City Memory Games
Memory games are a staple in classic card and board games. Not only are they fun, but they help to develop important memory and observation skills in children. Plus, adults can always benefit from testing their memory skills now and again!
The aim of the game is simple; players must match the pairs from 36 tiles which include characters from the corresponding puzzle. Depending on whether your child likes superheroes or animals, they can choose from the Superhero City memory game or the Sweat Dreams alternative.
Mind the Gap is an Official Transport for London branded card game that’ll help your family brush up on its knowledge of the London Underground. Not only is this board game quick and easy to learn, but it's also super fun to play. If your child loves trains, planes and other vehicles, and knows their Shepherd’s Bush from their Finsbury Park, then this game is for them!
This card-based London Underground game is great for encouraging your children’s observation skills and reaction times. Players compete with each other to find the correct stations along their route with the aim of being the first passenger to arrive home. Like Mind the Gap, it’s a fun game for kids of all ages, and it’s also useful for boosting their memory skills and independence.
Hours of family fun with Gibsons
At Gibsons, we produce games and puzzles that entertain all generations. If you’re interested in having the perfect night of fun with your children, then roll the dice and take a look through our award-winning family board games. You can view the collection here.
Got a question about one of our games or puzzles? Feel free to get in touch, a member of our team will be more than happy to help you.