Twelve Favorite Games for Young Kids!

July 08, 2020 | by | featured kids, kids, toys & books | 0 comments

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One of the best things to come out of spring quarantine is our family developed a love of playing games together. There was a time when I was ordering 2-3 new games a week! We’d play them while we ate breakfast, before bed, and every time in between. My husband and I would take turns taking a 20-minute break from work to play a game with the kids during the day, and once they had a pretty good handle on the rules, my oldest two would play together alone. And of course, they make for the best family nights!

Below I’m sharing the 12 games our family loves the most – the ones we play over and over again. The games on this list are for young kids ages 5 & up, but I promise you they are ALL fun for older kids and adults too!

And just a note – I included the recommended ages for each of the games below, but they are only a guideline. Kids can play most of these games at a younger age with some help from their parents.


Wake up Pancake Queen, Book Queen, and all their friends from their slumber with a King. Use a Knight to steal a Queen from another player (unless they have a dragon) or put their Queen back to sleep using a potion (unless they have a wand). Or take a chance and play a Juggling Jester. This one is hands-down, our family favorite!

FYI, some basic math required for discarding, but if younger kids have help, they can join in on the fun.

Recommended ages: 8 & up.

RAT-A-TAT CAT ($9.99)

Get rid of your rats and go for the cats! Rat cards are high value, cat cards are low value, and the lowest score wins. Every player is dealt four cards but to start the game, they can only view two. Each player draws a card to replace one of theirs during their turn. Sneak a peek, swap cards, or draw two cards add to the excitement. When players think they have the lowest score, they shout “Rat-a-Tat-Cat” and play one more round before everyone reveals their hand.

Recommended ages: 6 & up.


Everyone works together in this game to save the fairies’ flowers from Mr. Winter. To do this, you must match fairy playing cards to gather jewels for the Magic Wand before four snowflakes land on one flower. This one is a cooperative game using simple strategy and teamwork to win. It’s a great introduction to board games!

Recommended ages: 5 & up

OUTFOXED! ($19.99)

Outfoxed! feels like a combination of Guess Who? and Clue, and it’s fun for the whole family! It’s a whodunit game where all players work together to figure out which fox is guilty of stealing Ms. Plumpert’s prized pot pie. Move around the board to gather clues and then use the special decoder to narrow down the suspects. But be quick because the fox is high-tailing it towards the exit!

Recommended ages: 5 & up.

CONNECT 4 ($12.99)

Connect 4 is a classic two-player game. Players pick a color and then take turns dropping a disc into their chosen slot. The first payer to get four discs in a horizontal, vertical, or diagonal row wins!

Recommended ages: 6 & up. 


Each card in this deck has six animal illustrations, and between any two cards, there is always one match. There are five variations of games, but the goal is always the same: to spot the match first! The different games vary in challenge level, can be played cooperatively or competitively, and can be fast-paced or slow. Easily adaptable to age and ability, but tons of fun for everyone!

Recommended ages: 4 & up. 


A selection of pastries awaits your pick in this card game! Will you go for a lower-scoring glazed or jelly-filled, or take a risk with chocolate frosted? Be careful though, if someone else goes for the same card as you, no one gets it! There’s a decent amount of strategy and luck involved with this one, and the player with the most points wins.

FYI, this game involves some basic math for scorekeeping. But if they have help, kids younger than 8 can definitely play too!

Recommended ages: 8 & up.


This is an unpredictable card game where players compete to create the weirdest meal. Each player is dealt five cards, and you use the cards to add disgusting ingredients to your taco or burrito. Hilarious action cards (e.g., Tummy Ache, Food Fight, Order Envy, Health Inspector) add to the fun. At the end of the game, the play with the most cards wins!

Recommended ages: 7 & up.


A simpler and faster version of Monopoly for kids! Players land on kid-friendly spaces such as the Zoo, Ice Cream Parlor, or Movie Theater and either buy the property or pay rent. The player with the most money after any other play goes bankrupt wins the game!

Recommended ages: 5 & up.


In this pick and pass game, the goal is to get the best combination of sushi dishes as cards are passed around the table. Score points by collecting a full set of sashimi of piling up dumplings. Dip your nigiri in wasabi to triple its value. And be sure to leave room for dessert! Bonus: the illustrations are adorable!

FYI, another game involving some basic math for scorekeeping. But if they have help, kids younger than 8 can definitely play too!

Recommended ages: 8 & up. 


Another favorite fast-paced card game, but this one requires counting up to 15. Players take turns saying “one avocado” then “two avocados” and son on while placing one card on the pile. Once the number stated matches the number on the card played, everyone smashes the avocados (i.e., slaps the stack of cards), and the last player to do so has to take the pile.

Recommended ages: 6 & up. 


And don’t forget about this classic family favorite, Uno! In this game, you race to get rid of the cards in your hand by placing matching one of your cards with the current card on top of the deck by either color or number. Strategize to defeat the other players with special cards to skip, reverse, or change the color. And when you’re down to one card be sure to shout “Uno!”

Recommended ages: 7 & up.

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