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The Best Board Games for Kids on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written before about all sorts of board games and activities to do while cooped up at home — including the best four-player board games, two-player board games, and board games for adults — here, we’ve rounded up the best board games for kids as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.

Best-rated (least expensive) board game for kids

Connect 4 Game

Over 2,300 five-star reviewers praise the classic board game Connect 4. Many purchasers highlight how easy it was for their kids to learn and understand how to play, and they also love that it doesn’t take too long to finish a game. “As a busy mom to three kids, it’s hard to juggle all I have to get done and still get in quality time with my children,” one reviewer writes. “It’s short enough that I can play a few rounds and then let the kids play each other while I finish up cleaning or whatever.” Many parents found themselves getting a little nostalgic too. “This is the same classic game that I played when I was a kid, and now I can play it with my children,” writes one. “We got the game at Christmas, and it’s now eight months later and they still pull it out to play all the time. I think this one will be a keeper.”

Best two-player board game for kids

Hasbro Guess Who Classic Game

“If you’re looking for some good fun for two players, this is a great choice,” writes one reviewer, and more than a dozen others agree. “This has been so great for my sons who are 3 and 5,” says another reviewer. “After a few rounds of playing on a team with one parent and one child, they can now play almost completely on their own which is great to see. It’s easy to set up and get going pretty quickly.” Another reviewer who bought this for their 4- and 7-year-old nieces loves how educational it is: “Obviously, at its core, this game is a great play of guess-and-check, but as an adult, my appreciation is rooted more in the way it specifically opens up the way my nieces approach problem-solving and working through logic considerations to make each turn count.” Plus, it “doesn’t bore you out of your skull when you want to spend time with your child,” another parent points out. And for anyone familiar with the original version of this game Guess Who?, many reviewers appreciate this updated version because it is more diverse. “I love that the game has been improved to include various ethnicities and skin tones,” one says. “A simple classic that has finally caught up to the beautiful colors and faces of its game participants. I haven’t considered purchasing in years as I’m very mindful of the images portrayed to our children but I’m very happy with the inclusion.”

Best collaborative board game for kids

Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It

“This game was the big winner at Christmas. We played it six times that day and have been playing it daily since,” writes one reviewer. Many also praise the “collaborative” nature of the game, which they say makes for a fun and accessible way to introduce the value of teamwork, like one who says, “I bought this for my 4-year-old daughter. She usually doesn’t like board games because she doesn’t like losing. But nobody loses in this game, so it is a hit.” Summarizing the concept of the game, one reviewer writes: “There are about ten magnifying glasses, a cardboard boat, six cardboard pieces of food, cards, a spinner, and a timer. The goal? Everyone has to make it to the boat and the boat has to make it to Picnic Island before the pigs eat all the food. The youngest person goes first.”

Best (less expensive) collaborative board game for kids

World of Disney Eye Found It Board Game

In Eye Found It, “The objective is to move your piece to the end but the fun is in searching for the hidden pictures,” one reviewer says. “One of the spins is ‘mikey’s ears’ which indicates you pick a card, set the sand timer, and everyone looks for the hidden pictures on the board (from the card). Everyone gets pieces to place on the pictures they find and when the times up, you count how many were found and everyone gets to move that number of spaces.” The way the game teaches cooperation is that no one wins unless everyone makes it to the end before the clock strikes midnight, which one user appreciates because “it helps teach my 6-year-old to encourage my 3-year-old to do well in the game.” The board for this game is six-feet long, which not only makes it easy to play with four kids, but even a few adults because they enjoy it too. “We had ages 4 to 37 playing the game four people at a time,” one writes, while another says “And as 4-year-old games go, this is one that I recommend to all our parenting friends because it is fun for the adults, too.”

Best interactive board game for kids

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

This board game has over 1,700 five-star reviews, and we featured it on our roundup of the best gifts for 3-year-olds. Parents love the simple concept of the game, where kids pick up plastic acorns with a tweezerlike “squirrel grabber” and place them in their corresponding color-coded spots in a plastic tree-trunk piece. (And over 200 reviewers mention the “squirrel grabber” tool as a great way to practice “fine motor skills.”) One reviewer calls it, “Such a fun game to play with a toddler! I was nervous about playing a board game with him as sometimes I think it’s hard for me to explain the rules, but this game is literally SO EASY (in a good way!).” Another says, “The game’s concept is easy for my toddler to grasp and the gameplay is short; maybe ten minutes, short enough for little one’s attention spans.” As one purchaser puts it, “If you’re on the fence, GET this game for your kiddos, you won’t be sorry. It’s perfect for teaching turn taking and matching colors.”

Best electronic board game

Hasbro Operation

“THIS version is what I remember from my childhood: difficult bone removal with an almost guaranteed buzzer, parts that slide so far out of reach that you can barely see them, and an actual challenge,” writes one reviewer, who mistakenly bought the updated version before they found this “original” one. There are still “12 body parts to remove and one (ankle bone to the knee bone) to connect,” one reviewer says, adding , “Yes, Sam’s nose still buzzes and goes red if you touch the metal with your ‘operating’ too.” And yes, the buzzer is still bringing kids joy. “My boys shrieked in laughter and excitement trying to perform each operation,” one parent says. One thing that is new is “an ice cream cone in Sam’s head for ‘brain freeze.’” But it still does its job of teaching fine motor skills to kids. So much so that one reviewer says, “We may have some doctors in the family.”

Best family board game for kids

Sorry! Game

Another classic game, Sorry! is a hit with kids and parents alike thanks to its simple gameplay. “I played this years ago when I was a kid, and wanted to introduce it to my family,” says one purchaser. “It was very easy to learn and we were all playing in no time. Good way to disconnect from tablets and TV and get the family together.” Another calls Sorry! “the perfect game for children and adults to play together! There’s an opportunity for counting and reinforcing rote memory, not many pieces to hang onto, and it’s easy enough for even the youngest player.” It’s rated for ages 6 and up, but many report their 4- and 5-year-olds playing the game without any issues: “My 5-year-old LOVES this game. And it’s fun for grownups too. Great for family game night.”

Best counting board game for kids