Top 20 Best Board Games for 5-6-Year-Olds

Kids these days have what seems like endless choices of board games. Playing board games can help children learn cognitive and fine motor skills in a playful stress-free environment. They develop skills to last them a lifetime and learn the values of teamwork, patience, and how to gracefully lose.

We’ve picked a series of children’s board games especially for 5-6-year-olds that focus on cooperation, strategy, and memory skills. Our list is tailored for children’s playing needs. We concentrated on features like short playing time, high replay value, simple rules, and colorful characters. 

With their brains buzzing, one of the most important benefits of board games for children is fun! Let’s look at these cute, colorful, and child-friendly board games for 5 to 6-year-olds.  

? Our Top Picks for Best Board Games for 5-6-Year-Olds

In a hurry? Check out our favorites below.

Best Classic Adaptation

Catan Junior
Catan Junior takes the tried and true Catan mechanics and distills them down into a simple yet rewarding experience that’s easy to grasp and entertaining to play; perfect for any fan of Catan, not just for 5-6-year-olds.

Best Educational

Robot Turtles
Robot Turtles is engaging and fun while still teaching the fundamental patterns and commands of programming. It’s an excellent way to have some fun all while learning some computer science fundamentals.

Best Overall

Outfoxed!
I adore social deduction games, and apparently so do 5-6-year-olds. Outfoxed gets them talking, socializing, and flexing their mind muscles to find out where the sneaky fox scampered off to.

#1.Outfoxed!

Outfoxed board game box and components

Players: 2-4
Playtime: 20-30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Outfoxed is a cooperative board game that teaches kids to become little detectives! By solving the mystery of Mrs. Plumpert’s stolen prize-winning pie, Outfoxed teaches kids deduction skills, memory techniques, and most importantly, to find the sneaky fox. 

Essentially a cooperative deduction game, in Outfoxed, players move around the board to gather clues and rule out suspects. Working together helps the game move faster and makes it more likely to catch the guilty fox. 

This is a great introductory to cooperative and deduction games for kids. 

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

#2. Ticket to Ride: First Journey

Ticket to Ride: First Journey Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 4
Playtime: 15- 30 mins
Difficulty: Easy

A favorite among adults, Ticket to Ride has been a staple on our game shelf for years. Now First Journey is available for children to join in on the fun! 

The First Journey edition follows the same premise of the original with route building and networking to connect cities together. To make it kid-friendly, the rules have been simplified and the playtime has been shortened. Different colored train cards help connect your own routes. 

Although the game has been simplified, it’s definitely not missing its original charm. The whole family can enjoy this kid-friendly edition!  

Ticket to Ride: First Journey
  • STRATEGY GAME: First Journey offers unique rules designed for a...
  • FUN ADVENTURE GAME: First Journey is the perfect way to introduce...
  • HOW TO WIN THIS GAME: In First Journey, the game ends when one...

#3. Hoot Owl Hoot!

Hoot Owl Hoot Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 4
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty: Easy

I mean, if the name doesn’t draw you in, well, the number of awards it’s won surely will. 

Hoot Owl Hoot! Is a cooperative pattern recognition game. It’s color-coordinated and players have to cooperate to help the owls fly back home before the sun comes up. If the owls get home before Sunrise, every player wins! 

There are lots of benefits to this game such as creative problem-solving, shared decision making, and developing a sense of community. With no reading or math involved, this is a perfect, stress-free game to play with 5-6-year-olds!

Hoot Owl Hoot!
  • HURRY LITTLE OWLS: In this color coordinated matching game,...
  • LEARNING AND GROWING: Kids learn simple strategy, following...
  • BENEFITS: Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...

#4. Robot Turtles

Robot Turtles Board Game Box and Board

Players:  2-5
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty: Easy

Robot Turtles is the most-backed board game in Kickstarter history. It’s a 21st-century game that teaches young children the basics of programming and coding. It may sound complicated but with simple rules and funny turtle sounds, Robot Turtles ensures learning opportunities and a lot of fun. 

So, how to play the game? Set up the board with the turtle tile in one corner and the jewel tile in another. Using ‘coding’ cards, (forward, left, and right), players move their turtle card along the blocks. Reach the jewel tile and play the next level! 

Robot Turtles has great adaptability to make it more difficult to suit your child’s learning level. A simple and fun introduction to the world of coding!

Robot Turtles
  • Trusted by Families Worldwide - With over 50 million sold,...
  • Develops critical skills – Gameplay provides a stealth learning...
  • What you get - Robot Turtles is one of ThinkFun's best games for...

#5. Dragomino: My First Kingdomino

Dragomino: My First Kingdomino Board Game Box and Tiles

Players: 2-4
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty: Easy

Dragomino is a kids’ strategy board game all set to a fun dragon fantasy theme. Become the best dragon trainer and find all the baby dragons! 

As a part of the Kingdomino family, Dragomino is also a pattern-building board game. It’s a card drafting and tile-placement game that helps children build up patten-building skills. Players build up their landscapes and collect as many eggs as possible. 

When playing, try to match dominoes and gain one egg for each matching domino. The twist is that the egg may be empty or have a beautiful baby dragon inside!

Dragomino has a high replay value so children can learn strategy when placing tiles. Have fun and find out who is the best dragon trainer of all!

Dragomino: My First Kingdomino
  • KID STRATEGY BOARD GAME- My first Kingdomino (Spiel de Jahres...
  • KID & FAMILY GAME- This 2 to 4 players fantasy game can be...
  • HOW TO PLAY- HOW TO PLAY: Dragomino is a Card Drafting and Tile...

#6. Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game

Wildcraft an Herbal Adventure Game Board and Box

Players: 1-4
Playtime: 45-60mins
Difficulty: Easy

Wildcraft! is a herbal adventure game that teaches kids about medicinal plants. It requires no prior plant knowledge and in fact, no reading either, making this a fun and easy-to-follow board game for the whole family.

Educate your kids about the environment with this fun, cooperative game. Players must work together to harvest edible and medicinal plant cards. Slide down waterfalls, cross logs and deer trails, all while identifying the correct plant cards. 

Wildcraft not only teaches about the environment but is also helping to try and save it. The game is made 100% from recycled materials. Only vegetable oil-based inks and water-based coating is used so parents don’t have to worry about toxic materials.

Teach kids about nature all while encouraging cooperation, fun, and adventure.

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...

#7. My First Stone Age

My First Stone Age Board Game

Players: 2-4
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty: Easy

Travel all the way to the past, to when humans first settled and discover the dawn of mankind! My First Stone Age is a memory card game in which players must build their own settlements by collecting various goods. 

Join some funny cartoon characters, Martin the mammoth and Guffaw the wolfhound, as you adventure through a prehistoric valley and experience the Neolithic way of life.

My First Stone Age teaches kids valuable skills like learning to wait your turn and how to memorize cards. A history lesson can be taught too, all while having fun!

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

#8. Enchanted Forest

Enchanted Forest Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 6
Playtime: 30- 60mins
Difficulty: Easy-Medium

In the land of fairytales, a magical treasure hunt begins. Enchanted Forest is a magical memory-focused board game in which players move along the forest from tree to tree, all in search of treasure! 

Cinderella’s glass slipper, Rumpelstiltskin’s spinning wheel, Jack’s magical beanstalk beans are all hidden treasures players can find. 

Enchanted Forest follows the king’s request to find the hidden treasure, where players have to remember where the treasure is and race to the castle to give the right information. 

Roll the dice and remember all the once-upon-a-time treasures with this magical game!

Enchanted Forest
  • A magical treasure hunt game in the land of fairy tales!
  • Ages 4 and up
  • 2-6 Players

#9. Catan Junior

Catan Junior Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2-4 players
Playtime: 30mins
Difficulty: Easy

Ye want to be a pirate, eh? 

Catan Junior is the board game for aspiring pirates. This Junior version of the extremely popular Settlers of Catan is perfect for the whole family to play. 

Catan Junior is modified to give young players the opportunity to experience the world of Catan. It takes place on a spooky pirate island inhabited by ghosts. The aim of the game is to control the seven pirate hideouts — but watch out! There’s a ghost captain who tries to stop players from building their resources. 

Although Catan: Junior is simplified in its rules, building networks is still important and even some strategy is involved. 

Get your pirate on and check out Catan: Junior — Avast Ye!

Catan Junior
  • STRATEGY GAME FOR KIDS: CATAN Junior takes place on a ring of...
  • FUN ADVENTURE GAME FOR KIDS: You start with 2 pirate lairs, and...
  • PERFECT INTRODUCTION TO THE CATAN FAMILY BOARD GAME: Whether you...

#10.Mermaid Island

Mermaid Island Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 6
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty:  Very Easy

Mermaid Island is a cooperative board game in which players work together to help their mermaids swim to mermaid island. But watch out! The sea witch is out to get the mermaids! 

This game includes a lot of great learning skills. Strategy and following directions all help in making decisions together as a group. Mermaid island helps kids to develop their cooperation skills and social and emotional development. 

So how easy is it to play? First, a player spins the spinner and the group decides which mermaid to move. If the sea witch is coming, you can pick up magic wands to send her away and swim back to safety. 

This game is very easy and simple to learn as well as win. With a beautiful board and fun mermaid tokens, Mermaid Island is sure to be a hit for under-the-sea princes or princesses.

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...

#11. The Little Orchard

The Little Orchard Board Game Box and Components

Players: 1- 4
Playtime 15mins
Difficulty: Very Easy

This is a great little educational board game that focuses on memorizing, naming colors, and cooperating with other players. Can you harvest the cherries before the sneaky raven reaches the tree?

The Little Orchard is a cooperative memory game that helps children learn teamwork skills. This game has a great design to play and fold up neatly, A perfect game to entertain the kids on a weekend away. 

The Little Orchard is a wonderful first game that’s designed for small kids. The fruit pieces in the game are large and sturdy as well as the dice, making it great for young kids to safely play with. 

Roll the dice and collect the cherries — but if the Raven is rolled on the dice then it gets to move closer to the orchard to try and eat your yummy fruits. 

The Little Orchard definitely fosters social skills, recognition skills, and teaches counting; a great introductory game for young kids. 

The Little Orchard
  • A co-operative memory and color dice game for 1-4 players ages...
  • The pesky crowwants to steal the ripe cherries from the orchard....
  • Children learn about team work and cooperation as they rush to...

#12. Risk Junior

Risk Junior Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 4
Playtime: 15- 60mins
Difficulty: Easy

Introduce your children to the classic game of Risk. With Risk Junior, children can learn the classic strategy game, just with a little twist. Another pirate theme

Risk Junior will have kids moving their pirate ship tokens all around the board to collect treasures and gold. With loads of different aspects to the game such as defending territories, controlling treasures, and moving pirates, Risk Junior has high replay value, meaning your kids have endless hours of entertainment.

The game itself has bold and beautiful artwork colorful enough to engage kids in this pirate world. With fun boat tokens to move around and treasure tokens to win, Risk Junior brings children into the pirate’s lair and, who knows? They may even start talking like pirates!

Risk Junior
  • INTRO TO THE CLASSIC RISK GAME: The Risk Junior board game is a...
  • PIRATE THEME: The Risk Junior game's pirate theme has kids moving...
  • LAUNCH THE DICE: Place, press, launch. To battle another player...

#13. My First Castle Panic

My First Castle Panic Board Game Box and Board

Players: 1- 4
Playtime: 20mins
Difficulty: Easy

My First Castle Panic is a super fun cooperative game with the cutest little monsters. It’s a fantastic game that encourages many educational skills like recognizing colors and shapes, problem-solving, and, of course, taking turns. 

In My First Castle Panic, children have to catch the adorably scary monsters and throw them in the dungeon to protect their castle. 

Playing the game is very simple. First, you draw cards and try to catch a monster (don’t forget to ask your friends for help!). Once you’ve moved the monsters around the board, you get a new monster token to add to your collection.

Put all the monsters in the dungeon for good and keep your castle safe — all while learning and having fun!

Castle Panic: My First Castle Panic
  • 1 to 4 players
  • 20 minutes to play
  • 4 and up

#14. Clue Junior

Clue Junior Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 6
Playtime: 20mins
Difficulty: Easy

Clue Junior is based around the case of the broken toy. It follows the classic ‘whodunit’ game but with simple rules for kids. 

Players have to try to solve the mystery of which toy is broken, who broke it, and at what time the crime occurred. The game includes old favorites like Miss Scarlet, Mrs. Peacock, Colonel Mustard, Mr. Green, Professor Plum, and the rest.

This game has many learning skills like the process of elimination and memory skills. Clue Junior has even been simplified a bit more so that players can alternate taking on the role of a detective when players roll the dice.

Eliminate choices and find out who is the top detective in town! 

Clue Junior
  • CLUE GAME FOR YOUNGER KIDS: Introduce kids ages 5 and up to the...
  • UH-OH A FAVORITE TOY IS BROKEN: Oh no! Somebody broke a toy! In...
  • WHO, WHAT, WHERE: Players try to solve the mystery of the broken...

#15. The Fairy Game

The Fairy Game Board Game Art

Players: 2- 4
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty: Easy

Oh no! Mr. Winter is trying to freeze over all the fairies’ treasured flowers! Only by working together can players help the fairies by gathering the hidden magic gems.

The Fairy Game is a really sweet game with lots of magic unicorn cards, snowflake stacks, and beautifully colored flowers. If players work together they can fill the fairies’ magic wands and banish Mr. Winter from the garden for good.  

Players must cooperate to discover and collect all four color tokens before Mr. Winter freezes everything. 

The Fairy Game is a wonderful cooperative game that fosters emotional development, decision making, and all within a non-stressful play environment. 

Help the fairies keep their beautiful flowers!

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,...

#16. Race to the Treasure!

Race to the Treasure Board Game Box and Board

Players: 1- 4
Playtime: 20mins
Difficulty: Easy

Race to the Treasure is a very simple cooperative board game in which players have to work together to beat the ugly ogre. With everyone working together, sharing decisions,  and strategizing, players can beat the ogre in a race to the treasure.

In this game, players have to create paths to collect three keys that open the treasure. If you take too long, the ogre will capture the treasure for himself!

Race to the Treasure encourages many learning skills like strategy, math grid concepts, and cooperation.

The race is on! 

Race to the Treasure
  • WE WIN TOGETHER: Build a path with your team and collect 3 keys...
  • FUN CHALLENGE: Kids love working together to beat the ogre....
  • BENEFITS:Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...

#17. Cauldron Quest

Cauldron Quest Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 4
Playtime: 20 mins
Difficulty: Easy to Medium

An evil wizard has cast a spell that will destroy the kingdom. In order to break the spell, players must work their magic together.

Cauldron Quest brings spellbinding fun to all aspiring wizards and witches. It’s a cooperative game that ensures everyone is a winner if they work together to brew a magical potion. Players have to use strategy and problem-solving skills to find three different ingredients before the evil wizard blocks the path.

This is a simple game but the odds are stacked against you unless everyone works together!

Cauldron Quest
  • SPELLBINDING FUN: Aspiring wizards and witches will love helping...
  • CAST SPELLS AND TRADE POTIONS: While working together, players...
  • BENEFITS: Cooperative games cultivate emotional development,...

#18. Stone Soup 

Stone Soup Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 6
Playtime: 20mins
Difficulty: Very Easy

Originally based on a European folktale, Stone Soup is a classic cooperative board game in which players “cook” a delicious soup together by matching ingredients. 

But be careful! You have to match all the ingredients before the fire under the kettle goes out!  The time element encourages quick thinking, memory abilities, and teamwork.

This is a great memory game and at the same time can be a learning moment about vegetables, the importance of nutrition, and sharing.

Stone Soup
  • MATCHING GAME: Stone Soup is the award-winning yummy memory...
  • GAMEPLAY: Match all the ingredients before the fire under the...
  • DETAILS: Play with 2 to 6 children ages 5 years old and up....

#19. Stories of The Three Coins

Stories of the Three Coins Board Game Box and Components

Players: 2- 5
Playtime: 20mins
Difficulty: Easy

Stories of the Three Coins is a beautifully-designed board game that develops imagination and sparks creativity. 

Set in the land of Storia, a traveler is in search of a happy ending. It’s up to the players to choose how the character’s adventure will play out. 

This cooperative game uses dice and cards to tell the story. The only way you can lose is if you incorrectly guess what someone else is going to say to continue the story. If players work together and communicate, they can finish the story with a happy ending before the inkwell runs out of ink!

Stories of the Three Coins is super easy to play and a great way to encourage creative thoughts and storytelling. If you’re a fan of fantasy or creativity, this is the game for you.

Stories of the Three Coins
  • STORYTELLING: In the land of Storia, a Traveler searches for a...
  • GAMES THAT GROW: Use creative thinking, communication, group...
  • HEART & SOUL: Peaceable Kingdom products inspire cooperation,...

#20. Robot Face Race

Robot Face Race Board Game Box and Board

Players: 2- 4
Playtime: 15mins
Difficulty: Easy

A crazy inventor needs your help. He’s created dozens of robot bodies but needs you to match the heads. 

It’s a frantic, fun, feature-finding game! Robot Face Race, yes it’s a fun name, is a fast-paced color recognition game in which players have to match robot bodies to their faces. 

The game has a randomizer that shows the robot’s eyes, nose, mouth, and face’s color features. Players have to look at the board and find a matching head. The randomizer can give out 120 different robot heads with four different colors so there’s a high replay value. 

Robot Face Race develops many educational skills like sharpening visual discrimination as well as honing concentration. This is a fun, quick-moving game that can also help improve your little one’s cognitive processing time.

Robot Face Race
  • FIND THE MATCHING ROBOT FACE: A crazy inventor has built dozens...
  • HOW TO PLAY: Shake the randomizer to reveal the robot's eyes,...
  • INCLUDES: Robot randomizer, game board with 120 different robot...

Wrap-Up

With so many different board games out there, it’s hard to choose just a few. Key life and educational skills can be learned all while having fun! Ogres, pirates, fairies, detectives — which board game would your kids choose?

We’d love to hear your thoughts on our best board games for 5-6-year-olds. Drop a comment below and let us know if you’ve tried any before!

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