Finding the Best Board Games for 6 Year Olds

Board games can be a great way to learn, develop new skills, and bring your family together for a fun game night. But, not all board games are created equal. Some are better for younger children and others for older children and adults. How do you know which is best? In this article, I’ll explore how to find the best board games for 6 year olds.

If you have a 6 year old, you’re probably wondering where to start. They aren’t quite ready for some more complex games. And, they might be a bit too old for games geared towards younger kiddos. So, which ones are best? I’ll take you through some different ways you can find the best board games for 6 year olds. I’ll also share some best sellers you’ll want to check out.

Decisions, Decisions

When it comes to board games here are some of the best ways to finding the perfect board game for 6 year olds.

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Keep it simple when looking for the best board games for 6 year olds.

Look for games that are not too complex and are easy to play. The rules should be relatively easy. And do look for games that don’t require a lot of mathematical skills or reading that may be overly frustrating for your kiddos’ age level. Games can help your child develop important skills, but if it’s not fun, they may be less likely to want to play.

Look for games that help develop or improve skills.

Games are excellent for children to learn a lot of different skills. From cooperation to strategy and practical skills like mathematics, games are perfect for improving or learning new skills.

Make sure the game is age appropriate.

If a game is geared for younger children or those who are a bit older, it may be difficult for your child to enjoy the game. Kiddos may get easily frustrated, so it’s important to look for games that are just right for their age range.

Look for games that involve choice versus the luck of the draw.

Variety is great for children’s games. Some classics may involve the luck of the draw or limited strategy. And, they can be perfect for your collection. But, do consider games that foster a variety of skills, including decision-making, to add to your collection too.

Get your kids involved in picking out games.

When I was a kid, my parents let us build up our board game collection by letting us choose new games ourselves. The perfect way to get your children excited about games is to let them be a part of the decision making process. Make it a family affair.

Look for quality games.

Some of the best games out there are those that have been around for a long time. You probably played them yourself as a child too. Look for well-designed and well-built games that will last a long time and can be played over and over again.

Get inspired.

Looking for game night ideas for the whole family? Check out some great ideas in the article Say Goodbye to Boring Nights with These 10 Family Game Night Ideas.

The Best of the Best

Now that we’ve got some ways to find the best board games for 6 year olds, let’s check out some of the best sellers.

Ker Plunk Game: Don’t Let the Marbles Fall

This is a classic marble game. Though it may be a blast from the past, children will love the challenge of not letting any marbles drop from the game tube in Ker Plunk. The gameplay is simple, and it’s a perfect 2-4 player game. The game has also received a major upgrade over the years, so it’s perfect for ages 5-7 years old.

Guess Who?

This is one of my favorite board games from childhood. With a fun theme and simple strategy, it will become one of your children’s favorites too. Guess Who? Is a two person game for ages 5-15. The goal? To find out who your opponent picked in a series of 24 images. You’ll ask yes and no questions to eliminate characters and finally guess who the person the other player picked.

Guess Who Board Game

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Pie Face Showdown Game

Who wouldn’t find getting hit in the face with a whipped cream pie hilarious? Your kiddos will love this fun-filled race game. Aimed for ages 5 and up, Pie Face Showdown Game will bring your whole family together for all the fun. The goal of the game is to avoid getting hit in the face with a whipped cream pie. It can get messy, but your children are bound to love this game.

Yeti in My Spaghetti

A Yeti in My Spaghetti? Who would have thought this silly sounding game would become such a popular board game? In 2015 alone, this game won the Parents’ Choice Recommended Award, FamilyFun Magazine “Toy of the Year Award,” and other accolades. This game is for ages 4 and up. And, it’s simple rules and fun theme make it a real winner for kids and families. You’ll have oodles of fun with this noodle themed game.


An absolute classic. You and your kiddos will love traveling to the Candy Cane Forest or journeying to Gum Drop Mountain. Candyland is perfect for families and young children. There’s little to no real strategy, no reading, and very little counting. It’s just fun! Kids of all ages will delight in playing this game. The game play itself has changed a bit over the years, but parents will love reliving their childhood while playing this classic with their children.


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Get Your Game On!

So there you have it. You’re armed with some of the best board games for 6 year olds. You’ve got some strategies to finding the perfect game. And, I’ve shared with you some of the current best sellers out there. Of course, if you need more ideas on how to pick out the perfect board game for your kids, check out some of our other articles. You’ll find some other ideas of board games for kids and adults in the Best Board Games You Can Play in 2016 article. So go ahead. Grab a board game and get your game on with these best board games for 6 year olds.

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