The best board games for children 2024

Children's games are often oriented around simple rules and elementary themes that are actually aimed at younger players. However, the best children's games are so popular because they can be (and are) enjoyed by players of all ages. Loopin Louie or the balance games of the Rhino Hero series, for example, are such games for children.

Finely grained lists for every age

We created special lists for card, dice and board games that can be played well by children (and adults) of all ages. For those who have children of a special age, we have listed them in more detail:

Additional lists with board games for every age from 0 to 18.

List with the Best Board Games for Children 2024

But now to our overview with the best games for kids 2024:

This list was last updated on May 13, 2024. We compared 359 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Zombie Kidz Evolution

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    Zombie Kidz Evolution is a pioneering legacy-style board game designed specifically for children. Building upon the foundation of the 2013 game Zombie Kidz, this version introduces a dynamic and evolving gameplay experience. Set in a school under siege by zombies, young players must navigate through rooms and entryways to fend off the undead and prevent them from overrunning the school. The objective is to lock all four entryways of the school, a task complicated by the absence of the custodian. As players progress and improve their skills, they can undertake missions and earn trophies and stickers, similar to achievements in video games. The game also features envelopes that, when opened, add new elements to the game, including challenges, powers, and heroes, keeping the gameplay fresh and engaging.

    Nominated for 9 awards and won 5.

    More details for Zombie Kidz Evolution
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 5 - 15 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  2. 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.

    More details for Rhino Hero
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 5 - 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Coconuts

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    Coconuts is a lively dexterity game inspired by the "Monkey King" character from Chinese mythology. In this engaging and playful game, players take turns launching coconuts towards cups positioned in the center of the play area. Successfully landing a coconut in a cup allows you to stack it on your board. Even more strategically, if you land a coconut in an opponent's cup, you can claim it and move it to your board. The game also features "Monkey King Magic" cards, which add a twist by allowing players to disrupt their opponents' shots in various ways. The first player to build a pyramid of six cups on their board is the winner.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Coconuts
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Coconuts

    • YouTube Review for the game "Coconuts" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  4. ICECOOL

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    ICECOOL is an energetic and playful flicking game set in a penguin school, where players assume the roles of rascally penguins trying to snatch fish and the vigilant Hall Monitor trying to maintain order.

    Nominated for 14 awards and won 6.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017

    More details for ICECOOL
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for ICECOOL

    • YouTube Review for the game "ICECOOL" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  5. ICECOOL2

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for ICECOOL2

    • YouTube Review for the game "ICECOOL2" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Kids Chronicles: Quest for the Moon Stones

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  10. Quacks & Co.: Quedlinburg Dash

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    Nominated for 8 awards and won 4.

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2022

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  11. 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
  12. The Magic Labyrinth

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    The Magic Labyrinth is an enchanting board game that tests players’ memory and skill as they navigate through a tricky maze. Designed for younger players, this game casts participants as little magician apprentices who must recover lost magical objects from within their master’s labyrinth. The catch? The walls of the maze are invisible, and players must rely on their memory and careful maneuvering to avoid them.

    Nominated for 13 awards and won 6.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2009

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2009

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2009

    More details for The Magic Labyrinth
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  13. 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

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

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 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
  15. Viva Topo!

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    Nominated for 4 awards and won 3.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    ⭐️ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 4+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  16. Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

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    Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters, also known as Geister, Geister, Schatzsuchmeister!, is an award-winning cooperative board game where players embark on an eerie adventure to collect treasures from a haunted house.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    ⭐️ Kinderspiel des Jahres 2014

    More details for Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  17. First Orchard

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 10 Minutes
    • 2+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Dr. Eureka

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    Dr. Eureka is a fast-paced, dexterity-based board game that challenges players to become the quickest and most precise scientist in the laboratory. Designed for players with a keen sense of logic and a steady hand, this game puts your problem-solving and fine motor skills to the test.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 2.

    More details for Dr. Eureka
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. 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
  20. SOS Dino

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 25 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  21. 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
  22. Chronicles of Avel

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    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

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    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. Treasure, Ready, Go!

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 15 Minutes
    • 5+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  26. Sleeping Queens

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    In Sleeping Queens, a whimsical and strategic card game, players embark on a mission to awaken sleeping queens using a mix of strategy, quick thinking, and luck. The game features the Pancake Queen, the Ladybug Queen, and ten other queen cards, all under a magical sleeping spell. The goal is to wake these queens from their slumber and earn points.

    Nominated for 3 awards and won 1.

    More details for Sleeping Queens
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  27. Pyramid of Pengqueen

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  28. 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
  29. Wizardry to the Power of Three

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 20 - 30 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Immediately playable

    Video reviews for Wizardry to the Power of Three

    • YouTube Review for the game "Wizardry to the Power of Three" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  30. My Lil' Everdell

    All details for the board game My Lil' Everdell and similar games
    • 1 - 4 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 6+ years old
    • Easy to learn

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