Board Games

When I was young I used to think that "board games" meant "bored games" - games to get out of the cupboard when you were feeling bored! Of course that's before we had 24 hour television and electronic gadgets and screens of every description to keep kids busy! Nevertheless board games are a great family activity or way for a group of kids to while away a long winter afternoon, and I thought it might be fun to include a few basic games here.

Board Games for Children

Apple Tree Dice Game

Apple Tree Dice Game

This is a fun number recognition game for an adult to play with a child, or for two children. It is easy to learn and quick to play, and there's lots of opportunity for counting too.

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Chess For Kids

Chess For Kids

Chess is an excellent game for kids. It teaches them strategic thinking, logic and it's fun, too! We have the rules of Chess, here, written so that children can understand them. Read online or download a printable version.

Easter Egg Hunt Game

Easter Egg Hunt Game

Print out this Easter game, assemble a few bits and pieces to play, and have fun! Instructions are below. You can also use this printable to make a file folder game. Scroll down for our fun printable version.

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Easter Egg Race Game

Easter Egg Race Game

Here's a really simple Easter egg race game - a one-page board game to print and play with the kids this Easter. Find our colourful printable and simple instructions below.

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Farmyard Game Board Printable

Farmyard

The more hands-on practice young children have with counting, the easier it becomes to visualize numbers and give meaning to them. This farmyard game makes early learning fun!

Pachisi

Pachisi

Pachisi is a very ancient Indian game for 4 people playing in 2 pairs, also known as "Twenty Five". This is the original game from which Ludo and Parcheesi were derived, although you will see that the rules are different.

Snake and Ladders

Snake and Ladders

Here's a simple printable version of the classic children's board game, Snakes and Ladders. We have a pre-coloured version as well as a black and white printable for the kids to colour and decorate themselves.

Watch Your Step Game

Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step is a fun educational maths game which helps to teach your child simple number bonds. Each player will need two coloured counters. You will also need a die and a copy of the board below to play this game.

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Card Games for Kids
Card Games for Kids

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