The thing about family board games is that not many of them aren’t indeed for the entire family. Sure, Candyland is excellent, but it can be hard to find board games for 6 year olds and 7 year olds that older siblings and parents will also enjoy playing.
We are a game-loving family and having a newly minted 7-year-old and another one who will be 18 in three weeks (!!), finding board games we all want to play is difficult in our house.
Many of the classic family games start at age 8 or even 10, which leaves my 7-year-old still at an in-between age where strategy games like Clue and Monopoly are still a little tricky for him. On the other hand, the rest of the family doesn’t get excited about a rousing game of Chutes and Ladders after seven years.
Sound familiar? Then have no fear; I’m here to help.
Why should you play board games with kids?
First and foremost, playing games with your kids is a great family bonding experience. Board games are also great for concentration and memory. Not only that, but board games are also a fantastic way to learn life skills such as communication, critical thinking, taking turns, and conflict resolution.
How to choose board games for kids
When selecting kids’ board games, it is essential to consider the personality of the child. Is the child competitive? Is the child prone to outbursts if they don’t win? Do they enjoy being challenged?
For example, when choosing a board game for 7-year-olds, Clue Jr. is for kids five and up. Will this game be too easy for your child? On the other hand, standard Clue is for kids eight and up, but does your child have the ability to be strategic enough to play it without getting frustrated? To avoid boredom and frustration, consider the child when deciding which game to buy. You know them best.
The best board games for 6 year olds and 7 year olds
The game aisle can pretty intimidating. Is it fun? Will we all enjoy playing? Is it worth the money?
There are plenty of great family board games for 6-7 year olds that can be fun for adults and older kids while still including the younger child in family game night.
With some searching, we have found and collected a lot of great games that the whole family loves. Below is a list of our favorites that will be the perfect addition to any board game collection.
New versions vs. retro versions
I hope this list has given you some ideas for great family board games to play with your six and seven-year-olds. You will see that when available, I have linked to the retro remakes of the classics on this list.
I am a sucker for nostalgia, and when it comes to the games I played as a kid, I am resistant to change. We’ve got some newer version of these classic games, and they’re just not the same. They tend to be of lower quality, and they have added elements to the gameplay that I don’t feel enhances the game. But this is just a personal opinion, of course.
I love that stores have realized there is a market, and they are now carrying retro versions of these games. But the important thing is: Enjoy family game night and have fun, regardless of the version you’re playing.
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