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Best Board Games for 5-Year-Olds

By the age of 5, kids really hit a sweet spot when it comes to board games. Counting and reading become less of a hassle and board games become fantasy-driven and creative.

The days of boring old Candyland are behind you and you can finally whip out some more complex games that need strategy and creativity. Here are 10 games for 5-year-olds that the whole family will want to get their hands on!

Find the best board games for 5-Year-Olds below.

🏆 Our Top Picks for Best Board Games for 5-Year-Olds

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Best Tile/Artwork

Monster Factory
I absolutely adore Monster Factory. Its simple mechanics and quirky artwork make it so much fun to play and I still enjoy it even though I’m far past 5 years of age.

Best Fantasy

My First Dragon Adventure
My First Dragon Adventure offers a silly fantasy adventure. The pretty artwork and fun storyline make this a great introduction to fantasy elements in games.

Best Overall

My First Stone Age
I’m a huge fan of Stone Age, and My First Stone Age does an incredible job of adapting one of my favorites into a kid-friendly worker placement that still captures the feel of the original.

#1. My First Stone Age

My First Stone Age Board Game

Players: 24
Playing Time: 15 mins

This fabulous interpretation of the classic Stone Age family board game is the best way to get the kiddos acquainted with a more complex board game structure. Players build their own settlements by collecting goods and trading resources.

The game also involves a little bit of memory and gets kids to think strategically. The first player to build three huts wins the game: a pretty simple objective. The board setup is fun with wooden playing pieces including people, fish, pots, tusks, and more. There are also colorful tokens and a fun 3D setup when building huts.

My First Stone Age
  • For 2-4 players
  • 15 minute playing time
  • Great beginning children's strategy game

#2. Monster Factory

Players: 26
Playing Time: 30 mins

What 5-year-old doesn’t love building a kooky monster? This easy game lets players build monsters from tile cards they take turns drawing from a pile. Build monsters big or small, but beware, unfinished monsters might be your downfall!

The game is highly replayable and kids can easily learn to play it without adult supervision, a great way to learn a bit of independence.

Monster Factory
  • Players: 2 to 6
  • Ages: 5 Plus
  • Playing Time: 30 minutes

#3. Dragon’s Breath

Players: 24
Playing Time: 15-20 mins

Kids go wild for a game that involves a little more than boring game pieces shuffling around a generic game board. Four dragon kids try to melt an ice column loaded with colorful gems. Daddy dragon needs to bring the firepower and melt away the ice.

The column is represented by a stack of clear blue rings that holds the gems inside. By removing the rings one by one the gems will tumble onto the board. Some will fall through the holes in the board and be lost, but others can be collected by the little dragons. See who can collect the most gems in a fun and fast-paced game of luck.

Dragon's Breath
  • 2018 best kids game according to the Kinderspiel des Jahres jury,...
  • Four young dragons and one dragon dad, try to get the most gems...
  • Once they have all picked the dad will pick up the top most ring,...

#4. Sum Swamp

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 mins

Just like you can disguise broccoli under some cheese, parents love to disguise some math under the veil of a colorful board game. The game is pretty simple and kids will have so much fun they will forget they are learning in the process.

Two number dice along with one addition and subtraction dice will show them the way across the swamp and out of the claws of the alligator. The playing pieces are cute swamp critters that have to dodge the croc.

Sum Swamp
  • FUN WAY TO PRACTICE MATH: Encourage basic math drills through fun...
  • MATH GAMES: Develop fluency in early math skills as kids play the...

#5. Outfoxed!

Outfoxed board game box and components

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 mins

If you think the idea of solving a murder in Clue might be a bit grim for a 5-year-old, you might be right. Outfoxed is an amusing alternative where kids still gather clues across the board but need to solve the mystery of who stole Mrs. Plumpert’s yummy pot pie.

The sneaky fox is going to get away with it, so players are racing against time to catch him in time. The suspect cards feature stunning foxy artwork and the playing pieces are quirky and eye-catching.

  • A cooperative whodunit game
  • Contains rules of play and in Spanish
  • Ages 5 and up

#6. My First Dragon Adventure

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 20 mins

Dragons, trolls, elves, and s’mores! Wait, what? Well, magical characters need a treat too but their fire has gone out. Now the race is on to make their way across the board and convince the dragon to light the fire and save the s’mores.

The game gives kids the opportunity to really get into storytelling games and unlock their imaginations. There is some basic counting involved and not a lot of reading, making it perfect for younger players.

My First Dragon Adventure
  • CONVINCE THE DRAGON TO SAVE THE S'MORES - It's a race to become...
  • SKILL BUILDING THROUGH PLAY - Not only will kids have fun playing...
  • STORY DRIVEN GAMEPLAY - My First Dragon Adventure encourages kids...

#7. Mermaid Island

Players: 2-6
Playing Time: 20 mins

Ocean lovers unite in a quest to beat the evil sea witch! This beautifully designed game is cooperative and all players have to move the mermaids strategically to escape the sea witch’s dreaded clutches.

The spinner will tell players how many spaces their mermaids can move or if it is the witch’s turn to hunt the mermaids down. Players must try to get all the mermaids safely to mermaid island before the witch crosses the board. It might seem simple but the game is very strategic and one wrong move can cost everyone the game.

Mermaid Island
  • MERMAID ISLAND: In this game, players work together to help...
  • INCLUDES: This game comes with a game board, 3 mermaid tokens,...
  • GAMING FUN: This game lasts 15 minutes. Children learn strategy...

#8. Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Wildcraft An Herbal Adventure Game Box and components

Players: 2-6
Playing Time: 20 mins

Not all games need to be set in a magical kingdom to keep kids interested. Wildcraft is a board game taking real-life applications of medicinal plants and herbs and turning them into a fun cooperative game.

Players climb the mountain together, collecting medicinal plants along the way with the aim to cure problems like hay fever, scratches, toothaches, and more. There is some reading involved but with a little help, kids will quickly get the hang of it. The playing cards and board features stunning watercolor illustrations and the game teaches kids actual uses for common forest plants.

Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game
  • Unlike many kids games 4 and up that turn out to be too confusing...
  • Educational fun for the whole family! The perfect mix of...
  • While other tabletop games for game night are poor quality, with...

#9. The Fairy Game

Players: 2-4
Playing Time: 15 mins

Fairies are living peacefully in the fairy garden, but Mr. Winter is around the corner waiting to freeze all their flowers. Players must work together to mix and match fairy cards before Mr. Winter completely destroys the flowers.

If they can collect three fairy cards of the same color, that color flower’s gem is moved to the magic wand in the middle and the flower is safe. Some cards will also help them remove snowflakes or trade cards, but it is all in the luck of the draw!

The Fairy Game
  • CAN YOU HELP THE FAIRIES: Mr. Winter is trying to freeze the...
  • LEARNING AND GROWING: In this matching and gathering game, kids...
  • BENEFITS: Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...

#10. Hisss

Hisss Board Game Box and Components

Players: 2-5
Playing Time: 15 mins

Scaly slithering snakes don’t always have to be an object of fear. In Hiss, players build fun rainbow snakes from vibrant playing cards to see who can make the longest snake. The catch is each snake needs a head and a tail so players must know when to call it quits and complete their snake.

Snakes can only be built by cards with matching colors and the player who has used the most cards to build snakes, in the end, will be the serpent king. This game can be played nearly anywhere and is great to take on the road with the family or work in a quick game after dinner for some family time.

  • 2 to 5 players
  • Playing time: about 15 minutes
  • 50 durable cards


We hope you enjoyed our list of the best board games for 5-year-olds! Have you tried playing any of these games with your children? We’d love to hear your thoughts! Drop a comment below.

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