Family Fun Unplugged: Best Board Games (Grades Pre-K-5th)

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Family Fun Unplugged: Best Board Games and Books (Grades Pre-K-5th)

Updated: 3/24/2021

 Wouldn’t it be nice to interact with each other without electronics? Reading and playing games together can help develop social skills such as verbal, questioning, listening, and reading skills.

At school, teachers and parents are competing with electronics and TV. Therefore, non-electronic games are a great way to teach concepts in an entertaining way.


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Unplug with Family Games. Here are some games that have proven to be giggle-inducing, interactive, and some educational.

Uno Card Game- (Ages 3- Adult) 2-10 Players
There are different variations of this game. If you click the photo, you can view a video. Younger players can match colors and numbers. Older players can create different rules using directions.

Candyland-(Ages 3+) 2-4 Players
This classic game helps kids match and identify colors. There are many different versions of this game such as Candyland with Disney Princesses. Children do not need to know how to read for this game.

Rat-A-Tat-Cat (card game)- (Ages 4+) 2-6 Players
There are variations of this game. It teaches timing, strategy, mathematical concepts, and memory building.

Clue Jr. (Board Game)–(Ages 5+) 2-6 Players (small Parts not for children under 3)
This is a twist on the classic game Clue. In Clue Jr., players have to figure out who ate the last piece of cake. This teaches deductive reasoning/process of elimination.

Monopoly Jr. (Board Game)- (Ages 5+) 2-4 Players (small Parts not for children under 3)
This is a great twist on the classic game. It teaches basic money budgeting (counting, addition, subtraction) in one dollar denominations. There are different versions including Disney Cars.

Headbanz- (Ages 6+) 2-6 Players (small Parts not for children under 3)
From the manufacturer, “Kids will use deductive reasoning skills with the game’s simple question-and-answer premise. By making connections and coming up with questions that will lead to answers, kids will also practice creative critical thinking skills.”

5 Second Rule Jr. –(Ages 6+) 3 or more players (small Parts not for children under 3)
You have to think fast! Name 3 items in a category before the wacky timer runs out in 5 seconds.

Slamwich (card game)- (Ages 6+) 2-6 Players My friends and family loved the tin lunch box collector’s edition
Anytime I played this with kids, we all ended up giggling. It gives kids a chance to slam the cards. (We usually played on a carpeted area as to not hurt ourselves.) This is about hand-eye coordination.

Life (Board Game)- (Ages 8+) 2-4 Players (small Parts not for children under 3)
This is a fun and educational classic game. Kids will learn money management. They will need to strategize and use deductive reasoning when they make decisions. There are a number of different mathematical concepts involved.

Sushi Go (card game)- (Ages 8+) 2-5 Players Parent’s Choice Recommended (small Parts not for children under 3)
This game teaches probability, visual discrimination, and strategic thinking.

Pictionary- (Ages 8+) 2 Teams (small Parts not for children under 3)
In this version of the classic game, there are clues for kids and adults. The faster you draw, the faster your teammates can guess.

Yaztee (Dice Game) – (Ages 8+) 2- or more Players (small Parts not for children under 3)
In this classic game, you score points for a full house, straight, 3 of a kind or 4 of a kind. This teaches strategy because you have to figure out where to score each turn. It also teaches probability.

Clue (Board Game) –(Ages 8+) 2-6 players (small Parts not for children under 3)
This is the more classic version. Players have to figure out where a murder happened, who did it, and in what room. This teaches deductive reasoning/process of elimination.
There are so many different versions of this clue like Star Wars, Harry Potter… I just got the Harry Potter versions because there are quite a few different rules and elements that add a whole new dynamic to the game.

Apples to Apples Jr. –(Ages 9+) 4-8 Players
This party game works on Comparison Skills, building vocabulary, and thinking skills.

The Great Dalmuti (Card Game)- (Ages 10+) 5-10 Players
Life isn’t fair, and you can go from The Great Dalmuti (head of the kingdom) to the greatest peon (the lowest ranked player) in one round of play. This game will have you switching seats (based on your rank) and strategizing how to get ahead.


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