The best children games for 4 years and older 2024

In 2024 looking for a good game for your child from 4 years? Our overview lists card, dice, and board games that can be played by kids (and adults) ages 4-6.

Board games bridge generations. Most of the games in this list are great fun not only for kids but also for adults. However, they only show their true potential when played together with children.

It is important that the needs and abilities of the children are respected and considered - sensible encouragement and challenge is required here. We have paid close attention to what four-year-old, five-year-old and six-year-old children need and are able to do. The games listed here should neither under- nor overchallenge your kids.

The best board games for all ages

For those who have kids of a different age, we've created more lists with board games separated by age group.

A list of games for kids of all ages can be found here: The best children's games.

The best board games for children over 4 years:

But now to our overview with the best games for children from 4 years 2024:

This list was last updated on July 8, 2024. We compared 1411 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Rhino Hero: Super Battle

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    Rhino Hero: Super Battle is a captivating 3D stacking game that sees the return of Rhino Hero, this time joined by fellow super-heroes Giraffe Boy, Big E., and Batguin. Players engage in an exciting challenge of building a wobbly skyscraper while navigating fierce battles among these charismatic characters. The game adds an extra layer of fun with the presence of mischievous spider monkeys that players must contend with during their skyscraper construction and superhero battles.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 3.

    🔥 Deal: 12% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Rhino Hero: Super Battle
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Rhino Hero: Super Battle

    • YouTube Review for the game "Rhino Hero: Super Battle" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Outfoxed!

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    Outfoxed! invites you into a whimsical detective chase after Mrs. Plumpert's missing prized pot pie. It's a cooperative game where players work together to gather clues, eliminate suspects, and catch the cunning fox before it escapes. The game introduces a unique evidence scanner mechanism that adds a fun twist to deducing the thief among a lineup of potential foxes.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Outfoxed!
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Rhino Hero

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    Rhino Hero is a dexterity-based card game that combines elements of building and strategy. Players take turns constructing a skyscraper with walls and roof cards, while moving a heroic rhino figurine up the building.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 5 - 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  4. Animal Upon Animal

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    Animal Upon Animal (original title: Tier auf Tier) is a delightful and family-friendly stacking game that challenges players to carefully balance wooden animal figures to create an ever-growing pyramid. The game is designed for all ages, showcasing both fun and skill in a simple yet engaging format.

    Nominated for 5 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    More details for Animal Upon Animal
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Dragomino

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    Nominated for 9 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2021

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Loopin' Louie

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    Loopin' Louie is a light-hearted, action-packed board game that is as silly as it is addictive. Designed for players of all ages, this game centers around protecting your chickens from a looping airplane piloted by Louie.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1994

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Loopin' Louie
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Gulo Gulo

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    Gulo Gulo is an innovative and family-friendly board game that challenges players with a unique and tactile experience. In this game, players take on the roles of wolverines (Gulos) on a daring mission to rescue a baby Gulo from the clutches of a swamp vulture. However, the rescue mission is not straightforward, as the adult Gulos are tempted by the delicious eggs of the swamp vulture, leading to a series of precarious attempts to steal the eggs without triggering an alarm.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Gulo Gulo
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  8. Time's Up! Kids

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 12 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Ribbit

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    Ribbit (formerly known as Schildkrötenrennen or "Turtle Race" in its original version) offers a delightful, strategic race experience suited for families and players of all ages. This game is built around the concept of racing turtles—or frogs, in the reprint—across a field to reach a tasty salad.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2005

    🔥 Deal: 22% cheaper than the best Geizhals deal, likely for a short time only!

    More details for Ribbit
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Concept Kids: Animals

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Concept Kids: Animals
    • 2 - 12 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Concept Kids: Animals

    • YouTube Review for the game "Concept Kids: Animals" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  11. Viva Topo!

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Viva Topo!
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  12. My First Carcassonne

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    My First Carcassonne, also known as Carcassonne Junior, introduces the iconic tile-laying gameplay of the classic Carcassonne to a younger audience. This game captures the essence of the original while simplifying the mechanics to make it accessible for children, making it a wonderful entry point into the world of board games.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for My First Carcassonne
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for My First Carcassonne

    • YouTube Review for the game "My First Carcassonne" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  13. Monza

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Monza
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Monza

    • YouTube Review for the game "Monza" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  14. Animal Upon Animal: Balancing Bridge

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  15. My First Stone Age

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2016

    More details for My First Stone Age
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for My First Stone Age

    • YouTube Review for the game "My First Stone Age" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  16. Magic Mountain

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    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2022

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  17. Animal Upon Animal: Crest Climbers

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Treasure, Ready, Go!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Chicken Cha Cha Cha

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    Chicken Cha Cha Cha is a delightful and engaging memory game that combines the whimsy of chickens learning to dance with the challenge of strategic movement and memory. Players become chickens vying to out-memorize and outmaneuver their opponents around a circuitous path, aiming to collect the tail feathers of their rivals by accurately recalling the images hidden on octagonal tiles.

    Nominated for 4 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Spiel des Jahres 1998

    More details for Chicken Cha Cha Cha
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Dragon's Breath

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2018

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. Trötofant

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  22. Nacht der Magier

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    Nominated for 13 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2006

    More details for Nacht der Magier
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  23. The Enchanted Tower

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2013

    More details for The Enchanted Tower
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 - 25 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. Monsieur Carrousel

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  25. Zoo Run

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    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 10 - 20 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Loopin' Chewie

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 - 3 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Mäuse-Rallye

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. Käseklau!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  29. Snail Sprint!

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Snail Sprint!
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Snail Sprint!

    • YouTube Review for the game "Snail Sprint!" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. Spooky Stairs

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    Nominated for 7 awards and won 5.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2004

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for Spooky Stairs
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 10 - 15 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable

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