The Top Rated Games for Kids- Which Board Games are the are the Best for Kids?

Do you want to get your kids off the internet and play like kids did when we were young?  Are you looking to have family game night but you need to upgrade the old board games?  Looking for a perfect gift for that special child in your life?  Look no further!  Kidsplayandcreate created a list of the top games played by kids.  We didn’t get this list just by looking at reviews on-line, we tested them.  Each and every game on this list was tested by neighborhood kids and kids from a community center and we let the kids decide on which games to add to the list.  So if you need a game for a child aged 5-15, check out our list of the top rated games for kids.

Tenzi


Tenzi Game dice color may vary .
Tenzi is a fast paced game that’s fun for all ages.  The object of the game is to get all ten of your dice to display the same number first.

Game is for 2-4 players and is recommended for ages 7 and up however you can play with younger children.

How to play:  Players must hold all ten of their dice in their hand, at the sound of “GO” everyone rolls their dice at the same time.  You then have to decide what number you want to play for.  For example if after you rolled your dice you see three 2’s, you may want to try to play 2’s.  Simply place the dice that are showing 2 aside and continue to roll the other dice until they are showing 2.  Each time one of your dice is showing the number 2 place it with your other dice that say 2.  Your are going to continue to roll your dice until all of them are showing the number 2.  The first player that has all their dice showing the same number and shouts Tenzi wins.

You can also play different variations of this game, which means endless fun.  You can play that everyone has to get the same number, you can play that your have to stack your dice after it shows your number, you can be creative and make up your own rules.

Tenzi comes with 4 sets up 10 dice and a storage container.  Have a larger group?  Look for similar versions of the game which comes with up to 200 dice.

Spot It


Spot It
Spot It is a fun fast paced addictive matching game.  It is easy to learn and requires good eye contact and quick hands, because there is always one and only one matching symbol between any two cards.

Spot It is for 2-8 players, come with 55 circular game cards and a storage tin

Spot It comes with 55 circular cards that each have 8 symbols of different sizes and theme.  The object of the game is to find the one common symbol between two cards.  This sounds easy enough but requires focus and a quick eye.  The cards change after every match, so you have to make sure you can keep up.

There are 5 ways to play and numerous sets that you can combine, so it never gets boring or routine every game is different. Some Spot It editions include: Sports, Educational, Road Trip and Spot It Jr.

This game has also caught the attention of educators and therapists for being helpful with expanding kids speech and language skills and visual perceptual skills.

Pie Face

Hasbro Pie Face! Game
Just the name of this game can bring a smile to your face.  This popular game is has caught the attention of kids everywhere.  Pie Face is a fun, laugh-out-loud game that is full of suspense, because someone is about to get a face full of whipped cream!

Game is for 2-4 players and is recommended for children ages 5 and up.

How to Play:  Players start by loading the hand with whipped cream (not included) or can wet and use the sponge included with the game.  Players then take turns spinning the spinner.  Players have to turn the handle the number of times indicated on the spinner while their face is resting in the splash guard mask.  Turning the handle can make the hand go off and cause you to get a pie (whipped cream or wet sponge) in the face, but when?  Nobody knows!  Each time a player takes a turn and the hand does not go off, they get a point.  The first player to reach 25 points wins.  The suspense builds each time a player takes a turn.  This is a great family game, what child wouldn’t want to see their mom or dad or better yet grandparent or sibling get a pie in the face?  A sure crowd pleaser, have fun and play Pie Face.

Game includes: 1 pie thrower, 1 throwing arm, 2 handles, chin rest, sponge, splash guard mask and spinner

Jenga


Jenga Classic Game
Jenga is the classic block stacking game that is fun and challenging for both parents and kids.  Jenga is all about patience, focusing and having a sturdy hand.  You can play by yourself or with a group.

How to play: Stack the 54 wooden blocks, in rows of threes.  Players on their turn must remove a block and stack it on top of the tower.  It sounds easy right…It’s not.  After a couple of turns that sturdy tower is no longer sturdy, it at times and even look like it’s leaning over.  Now on your turn your have to think about which block would be best to pull out, but be careful if you cause the tower to fall, you loose the game.  The winner is the last player to remove a block and place it on top without making the tower fall.

Jenga comes with 54 wooden blocks and a stacking sleeve to help you stack the blocks.

Jenga is a great game for the whole family.  It’s even become so popular that they have made a giant version of the game.

Scattergories


Hasbo Scattergories Board Game, Model Number A5226, Ages 13+
Scattergories may be my favorite game on this list and tested the highest amongst children 10 and up.  It is a fact-paced party or group game that would a great addition to family game night if you have older children.

How to Play:  Come up with answers to fit the categories listed on the card using the letter rolled on the dice.  Sounds easy but you have to be a quick thinker because the game is timed.  You also have to be creative because you only get a point if you have an answer that no other person has.  This game can be played individually or in teams.  The person or team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Example game play:  The letter rolled on the dice is P, you have to answer all the questions with the letter P.  Questions may include: a boy name,  Vegetable, street name, park, acronyms, weekend activities. All must be answered with the letter P.

For 2-4 players or teams

Game comes with 4 folders, answer pad, 1 20 sided dice, 32 category cards and a timer.

Recommended age is 13 and up but we played with some 10 year old and they loved it too.

Why is it important for kids to play games?

It is important for kids to play games for a number of reasons.  Playing games helps kids develop social skills.  A child will actually have to play with another real live person and not just on an electronic device, this helps build social interaction skills.  They learn to be patient, how to take turns, good sportsmanship (not be a sore looser or winner).  Also, depending on the game, it may help kids with reading and math skills and developing their creative side or imagination.

Why is it important to play games with your kids?

Playing board games can be a great way to spend quality time and bond with your kids.  Plan a weekly game night.  Think you don’t have time?  All you really need an hour a week.  Make some ground rules such has no cell phones, tablets or other electronic devices.  Use game night as a way to improve communication with your kids.  Kids are more likely to share their thoughts and problems with you while focused on something else.  Ask them how schools going, how are their friends.  It’s very important to take an active role in your kids lives and make them feel important and a priority.  Playing games is a great way laugh, have fun and create memories as a family.  Remember they are only little for a little while.

How can playing games help kids in school?

Playing games can help kids in school in many ways.  It can improve their math skills, by counting and keeping score (adding and subtracting).  It can help them with their reading skills by reading answers or questions.  It can help them with learning new vocabulary.  Playing games can help kids learn how to strategize, be a leader and improve sportsmanship which can all be helpful in school.  Playing games can also improve a children creativity which can help them with their writing.  Games can also help children with improving their self-esteem.