Kids Board Game Review

Posted on February 04 2019

Kids Board Game Review

Playing out in the snow is lots of fun, but after the snowman is built and the hill has been sledged, the cold weather inevitably leads to more time spent indoors. One way to pass the time is with a board game (played while sitting on a SqwishMe kids sofa of course!). We've accumulated quite a number of these over the years so I thought I'd have a go at reviewing them:

(note: not all kids like this type of game, I have four, and some are more keen than others, I've therefore tried to choose a selection of games which spans the ages (2-6) and level of interest)

Dinosaur Bingo by Make Believe Ideas 1) Dinosaur Bingo by Make Believe Ideas

Firstly this gets points for being a) inexpensive and b) three games in one. The board and cards are bright, with engaging pictures and well made (they aren't easily bent or frayed). I play the simpler dino pairs or memory bingo with the girls (2 & 3) and the dino bingo (with the spinner) with the boys (4 & 6). 

  • Time to play: max 30 mins
  • Best age: 2-4
  • Rating: 4/5 for the price it's been very good value for money as it's a firm favourite with the 2 year old so gets played a lot!

Labyrinth board game by Ravensburger  2) Labyrinth by Ravensburger 

This is a fairly new addition in our house but it has quickly become a firm favourite. It's very easy to learn - the aim is to find a clear path to your 6 treasures through an ever changing maze - but quite challenging to play (especially for Granny). Our eldest (6) is able to play alone but the younger ones need to team up with an adult.

  • Time to play: 45 - 60mins
  • Best age: 5+ (it's a good multi-generational game)
  • Rating: 5/5 it ticks all the boxes.

Alpha animals kids board game  3) Alpha Animals by The Green Board Game Co

I bought this game with high expectations as it looked perfect for our animal loving eldest. Unfortunately, although it has been played a fair bit, it's a bit underwhelming. The game is easy to learn, you make your way around the alphabetic board naming animals and carrying out action cards, but it feels like there could be a whole lot more to it.

  • Time to play: 30 - 40mins
  • Best age: 5+ (it's a simple game but you need to know your alphabet and have fairly good animal knowledge)
  • Rating: 2/5 disappointing

Blokus board game  4) Blokus by Mattel Games

Originally bought as an adult game this is also perfect for kids. There is only one rule - pieces of the same colour can only touch corner to corner - so easy to learn but a challenge to win. I started playing this with one of the boys when he was 4 and now the two boys can play together. The girls also like it, not to play but just to make pretty patterns on the board so a win win.

  • Time to play: 30 - 40mins
  • Best age: 4+
  • Rating: 4/5 only didn't get 5 as some of the smaller pieces are easily lost.

Go Go Dragons board game by Orchard Toys 5) Go Go Dragons by Orchard Toys

This game has been played so much the box and instructions are long gone. It's simple to play, each person has a dragon on a race track which moves when a token of the corresponding colour is picked up. I've been surprised how much the kids have loved this game, even number 3 who has very little patience for them. Orchard toys are also great at replacing any lost pieces for free.

  • Time to play: 30mins max
  • Best age: 2-4
  • Rating: 4/5 only because it can get a bit boring for the adults!

Pandemic Board game by Z-Man Games  6) Pandemic by Z-MAN Games

Not really one for the kids (although I have just taught the eldest to play) but if you like board games, then you should definitely give this one a try. It's a co-operative game so you play together against the game, trying to cure four diseases which are spreading around the world. It's very strategic and totally absorbing. It makes a nice change to the usual evening of box set watching.

Hopefully this has given you a few ideas for the next snow day.

Happy gaming

Helen

1 comment

  • marion hebblethwaite: April 03, 2019

    Of all the games I play with the four children the most played with are Peppa Pig dominoes and Orchard Games Pirate game – the boxes are falling to pieces with overuse.

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