5 Best Board Games for 5-6-Year-Olds

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5 Best Board Games for 5-6-Year-Olds

Board games are essentially meant for having a great time with family and friends, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be educational and competitive for your 5-6-year-old offspring. The best board games can teach children all about good sportsmanship, along with concentration, strategy skills, and how to get around a challenge. 


If you have kids who are between 5 to 6 years old but can’t decide on the most ideal board game for them, just leave that to us. We’ve rounded out a list of some of the best board games for 5-6-year-olds that are fun, creative, interactive, and educational, here in this article.

Udog is based on a game created by the early settlers of Quebec and was developed by Carl Kresge. It consists of two decks of basic playing cards, 32 marbles (and various colors), 8 interlocking game board pieces, a six-sided die, and four-player reference cards.

The rules of the game are quite simple at first, but it quickly turns into a challenging battle of wits. The players will form their own teams and will rotate their tokens clockwise around the board according to the value of the cards. Whichever team gets all eight tokens back home, wins the game. It may sound simple, but then again it’s not. It involves plenty of strategies, time as well as luck. Still, this is a good thing as it promotes conversation, and at times, exhilarating “table talk.” The game can have between 2 to 8 players.

2. Katamino Game

Now here's something that the whole family would love on a game night or rainy day.

It’s a classic puzzle game that features 2D and 3D challenges of progressive difficulty and is another game of strategy and wits, but all around fun nonetheless. There are over 12 colorful wooden pieces, a manual, and over 500 challenges for you to solve. 

When you really get into it, you and your family can keep at it for hours and hours, without ever getting bored. Your objective is to fill up space on the board, which can vary depending on where are the “slider” piece will be placed. Although initially quite easy, it gets tougher when the playable space starts getting smaller. This is the part where it’s tricky to the point that your brain will get a fuse. But it also encourages exciting problem-solving sessions. This is something that will bolster your child’s weak mathematical skills and take them to the next level. 

There are also other games for family gatherings if you’re smart with your online browsing skills.

If you’re familiar with sodoku, then say hello to its colorful counterpart. This board game uses wooden marbles and 9 amazing colors rather than numbers in order to solve each game.

You place the marbles on the board to start the game. Place one of each color marble in each of the 9 columns, rows, and 3 by 3 squares to win the game. Strategy is a big part of this game, so you’ll definitely want to prep your brain for some serious workout. Make sure not to lose track of any of your marbles as there’s only one way to solve each puzzle.

And when you’re not playing, you can use the board game as a clever design accent.

4. Connect 4

At this point, who really hasn't heard of the classic Connect 4 anyway? This version from Hasbro Gaming is a real hot seller at Amazon.

 It has over 2349 ratings at this point and it doesn’t look like it’s going below 5 stars. Bring a friend or a family member along and challenge them to a competitive game to help build your strategy and motor skills.

Although its target is for ages 5 and above, the game is actually suitable for any age group. Children under the age of 3, however, are unable to play this game due to small parts. This version though comes with a different twist, especially with blue blocker discs. They block the opponent’s place or lift any two of their counters (either red or yellow) to give you a better chance of winning.

When it comes to strategy, you need to be as patient as possible in order to anticipate your opponent’s moves before making your own against them. But little kids between ages 5 and 6 won’t need to care much about strategy so long as they can get in on much of the action and have fun with it.

5. Peaceable Kingdom Hoot Owl Hoot

Peaceful Kingdom’s award-winning masterpiece board game is called Hoot Owl Hoot. The goal of this game is to help the owls return to their nests before the rising of the sun. Pick a colored card and then fly in that direction. You’ll be closer to winning when you pick out the sun card. What makes this game especially enjoyable is that players don't have to worry about any sore losers.

This game is a recipient of an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, of which Dr. Toy has been awarding great children’s games for the last 25 years. Having the seal of approval helps differentiate such products from others in terms of excellence and quality, especially if they provide learning, value, and fun for the children. 

This game was designed to accommodate two to four players, between ages 4 and up, and the game is about utilizing teamwork to your advantage. Your goal is to work with your partner(s) to complete the game’s objective. 

And since there are two levels of play, it makes it appropriate for children aged between 4 to 6 to play and enjoy. Plus, they can also play alongside other kids or even their own parents. What’s more, it’s a relatively quick game that can be finished in under 15 minutes but offers incredible amounts of replayability. Parents who bought this game for their own young’uns have nothing bad to say about the game whatsoever.