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6-7 year olds are tough when it comes to choosing age appropriate board games. They’re finally ready to move into more complex themes (no more Candyland!) but still need games that are kid-friendly enough that they can learn and win at.
These board games do just that: a balance of kid-friendly themes, game play that’s fun for parents and older siblings to play too, and a few educational elements built in to make learning fun.
Here is a roundup of the best board games your kids will probably love. You’ll find a mix of both educational board games and competitive games that will provide hours of fun and quality time for the entire family. Use this list for your next family game night or finding that perfect gift!
Fun and Unique Board Games for 6-7 Year Olds
It’s rare to see games where the kids don’t just have a fighting chance, but will probably beat their parents (almost) every time. Slamwich is simple in concept: play cards to build sandwiches and spot the thief before he steals your cards.
Not only is it fun and fast-paced, but helps younger players practice early sequencing and visual discrimination skills.
Although the recommended age is 7 up, Blokus is simple enough that most 6 and 7 year olds should be able to play it just fine. If you’d prefer something simpler, though, there’s also a junior version of this popular game.
Unlike typical kids’ games, Blokus is fun for the whole family and will be a long-term addition to your board game collection.
For kids who aren’t ready to play the full version of Scrabble the junior edition is a great compromise. Even better, it’s partially luck based so even 6 and 7 year olds who are still learning to spell have a chance to win against their parents.
Once your kids master the easy game board it flips to become a simpler version of the regular Scrabble game.
Highly recommended and award winning, Zeus on the Loose is a fun card game with a math skills focus. Players are climbing Mount Olympus with one goal: to have Zeus in hand when they reach the summit.
Zeus swaps between players each time the total reaches 10, which players affect by playing cards that add or subtract to that total.
If you find regular Sequence is too much for your 6 or 7 year old, consider this kid-friendly edition instead. Not only is it a fun game, but it’s educational too; kids will need to match the beginning sound of their letters to pictures on the board.
Board game fans will love this kid-friendly version of the classic game, but you don’t need to be familiar with the original to find the fun in My Little Scythe either.
Quite different from regular version of Scythe, the goal of My Little Scythe is to be the first to collect four trophies. These can be earned in different ways and each player sets their own goals to work towards victory. Since kids will have to choose from one of three actions on each turn this one’s a great introduction to strategy games and working on problem-solving skills.
With so many different iterations of this classic board game you’re bound to find one that’s perfect for your family. It’s also a great game for the younger board game crowd because of it’s simple rules for anyone to play.
Most Peaceable Kingdom games are great for 6 and 7 year olds but this one is especially fun, a perfect game for kids who love dinosaurs. The volcano at the centre of the board is about to erupt so players must work together to rescue all the dinos.
Two reasons why this game is fun for parents and kids: first, it’s a cooperative game, which is perfect for little ones who don’t enjoy competitions and second, it only takes about 10 minutes to play – something parents will definitely appreciate.
A simple trivia game, Guess in 10 tests your knowledge on a variety of themes (depending on which version you choose). A great family game, this one does a great job of encouraging critical thinking and teaching kids to ask questions effectively.
Castle Panic is another wonderful strategic thinking game for younger kids and older kids alike. In this one, players work together to storm the castle. There are two versions of Castle Panic out there (regular and My First) and the one you choose will depend on your child’s personality and whether they’ll be playing with parents or friends.
The My First edition is simpler for younger children making it the better option for 6-7 year old kids with limited patience or who are playing with friends. For most families, though, the cooperative nature of Castle Panic means the full version is so much fun for the whole family to play together and most kids over 6 will master it in no time.
One thing I love about Spot It! is there are so many editions that you’ll never get bored. It will quickly become one of your favorite board games!
The concept is simple: spot the matching picture on each of two cards first to get a point. Rounds are short and the game can be taught in seconds making this a great addition to your 6-7 year old’s board game collection.
Who said every board game only needs to be players moving their game pieces around a board? In Engineering Ants, players work together to connect the pieces and build unique contraptions.
Unlike other building board games (like Mouse Trap), Engineering Ants encourages STEM skills by having kids design and build their own unique contraptions. No two playthroughs will be the same!
Another math-focused game, Sleeping Queens 2 has kids setting up math equations (by playing cards) to rescue the kings. While it might be a bit complex for young children at first it won’t be long before they get the hang of the game and the equations – which include addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Inspired by the classic family game Golf, Gnoming A Round combines cute cards and strategic gameplay to create something that’s fun for both kids and adults to play together.
Just like in golf the lowest score wins; lower yours by playing negative cards or matching three positives.
What can be more fun than earning and saving money? This game will have kids counting out change at every space before figuring out who earned the most once you all reach the end.
Best Family Board Games for 6-7 Year Olds
This list of the best board games was carefully picked as play tested options for typical 6-7 year olds and most will continue to be fun for years to come.
If you’re just getting started playing board games with your kids I recommend buying a few different genres to keep things exciting!
I’d love to hear in the comments below: what are your favorite games for this age range? Let me know!