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Board Games for 5-6 Year Olds

Written by Debbie Brown | June 8, 2022

If you’re looking for great board games for 5 -6 year olds you’ve found it!

These are games that make learning fun! So much fun kids don’t even realize they are learning critical and strategic thinking skills, logic, math and memory skills. Not to mention, friendly competition, good sportsmanship and how to follow directions.

The games on this list are favorites for kids 5 and up. (A few can be played by younger children) Our family has owned them all! These are games you’ll enjoy playing as much as your kids!

A family playing a board game

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Best Board Games for 5-6 Year Olds to Play With Family

These are board games that children will have fun playing with a parent or the whole family.


2 players / 10 min or less

Gobbet is an easy game to learn and a quick game to play. Like tic-tac-toe, the object is to get 3 in a row….but at any time a bigger piece can occupy any other place by covering a smaller piece. This means that in addition to thinking ahead and planning your next move, players also have to remember what’s under the bigger Gobblets. This is one of our family favorites. This comes in a plastic version called Gobblet Gobblers, with faces on the piece, but we love the wooden version! The wooden pieces are fun to hold and the box is used for both a playing board and storage.

2 to 8 players / 20-30 min

This is a unique educational board game, in that multiple age levels can all play at the same time, and be challenged at their own level. Each card has 4 sets of questions. Each player plays at their level of nature knowledge. For instance, the youngest players are asked to identify which animal is in a picture or easy questions like,” Which animal can’t jump?” and then lists 3 animals to choose from.

2 to 4 players / 30 – 50 min

Qwirkle is played similarly to Scrabble but with colors and shapes instead of letters. Players score points by matching colors and shapes in rows of six. This is a fun strategy game and easy to learn.

2 players / 5- 10 mins

Connect 4 is a classic favorite. This is one both you and your parents probably enjoyed as kids. The game is simple – be the first to get 4 of your disks in a row. This can be played with younger children, I used it in the classroom with 4-year-olds and they loved it!

2 players / 10 – 15 mins

This is another classic that was a childhood favorite. There is a newer version now with pets. This is a fun mystery game where players ask questions to logically figure out who their opponent is.

2 to 4 players / 20 – 30 mins

This is similar to the board game version of Tetris. Each player tries to get as many of their pieces on the board as they can while at the same time strategically blocking other players from adding their pieces.

Kids playing a board game

These are board games children have a blast playing with other children. They are fun and literally, action-packed because they require physical actions to play the game.

2 to 4+ players / 15 mins

I Can Do That! Hero Training Game is a game superhero fans will love. The game accessories are awesome – Thor’s hammer, Captain American’s shield, Spiderman’s web! This game poses random challenges for the player to complete. I bought this along with a really fun Cat in the Hat version. The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! is currently hard to find ( or very expensive) I’m mentioning it in case you happen to find it used somewhere – snag it! It’s another awesome game for this age!

2 players / 5 mins

This is a classic favorite. Players use a plastic hammer to knock out blocks of ice around a penguin. This is one of those suspenseful games for kids because they never know if their move is going to make all the pieces fall.

1 to 4 players / a few minutes each round

Red Light Green Light is three games in one. This is a great way for kids to work off some of that energy.

  • One is a motion sensor version of the traditional game of Red Light Green Light.
  • Sneaky Steps uses the motion sensor to keep you from going too fast as players try to sneak up and press the finish button.
  • Stoplight Boogie gets everyone dancing to music but you have to stop when the light turns red.

Your Free Printable List of the Best Board Games for 5-6 Year Olds

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DEBBIE BROWN | Owner and Curriculum Designer

Hi! I’m Debbie Brown. I created Tothood 101 because I’m passionate about sharing preschool activity ideas, and resources that I’ve gleaned from my 20+ years of experience teaching preschoolers at home and in the classroom. My goal is to encourage, guide, and help inspire you to make learning SUPER FUN for your preschooler at home! Check out the ABOUT page to learn more.


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