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Best family board game a 5 year old can join in with?

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peanutfoldover Sun 01-Dec-19 19:23:11

I want to buy some board games this year, something the whole family will enjoy but that but 5 year old can join in (even with a bit of help). I always remember loving Game of Life when I was a kid, we played it as a family a lot! And Hotels (anyone remember that one?!). I noticed in Aldi they are selling Cranium.

Can you recommend any good board games that could span 3 generations (from an 80 year old to a 5 year old)??

CurlyTwirlyTwos Sun 01-Dec-19 19:23:50

Following! Was thinking the same thing this afternoon...!!

PurpleCrazyHorse Sun 01-Dec-19 19:25:58

We bought Outfoxed. It's a bit like Cluedo but for younger kids. You play as a team against the fox. Our 5yo can play it with us and it takes about 15mins to play a game. Perfect duration for our DS.

Fraggling Sun 01-Dec-19 19:28:40

Not a board game but we enjoyed family version of charades when kids were small

BedraggledBlitz Sun 01-Dec-19 19:34:24

Not a board game but I'm getting Bingo this year.

franke Sun 01-Dec-19 19:35:16

Not board games, but Yahtzee and Uno have always been faves in our house.

foxatthewindow Sun 01-Dec-19 19:36:40

I’ll be following with interest - we haven’t got board games yet but we love hungry hippos, pop up pirate, and silly spaghetti

MonstranceClock Sun 01-Dec-19 19:37:24

My 5 year old loves monopoly, chess, guess who, trivial pursuit (the kids version has adult questions and kids ones), Pictionary and mousetrap l.

CroissantsAtDawn Sun 01-Dec-19 19:38:47

Great thread idea. We love board games but the only game our 5 year old joins in with is uno, snakes and ladders and coppit.

peanutfoldover Sun 01-Dec-19 19:42:53

Thanks for all the responses. I’ve just found a junior cranium which is suitable for 5-15 year olds... any reviews of that?

Is Dobble any good?

Fraggling Sun 01-Dec-19 19:43:17

Connect 4 is a classic too!

MissingMySleep Sun 01-Dec-19 19:47:50

5 second rule, you just pick easy ones for the 5 year old. Excellent family game

cornflakegirl Sun 01-Dec-19 19:50:07

Dobble is great!

A cooperative game like Forbidden Island or Castle Panic works well.

PretzelPrincess Sun 01-Dec-19 19:51:36

Snakes and ladders

Fraggling Sun 01-Dec-19 19:59:38

Yy dobble

PurpleCrazyHorse Sun 01-Dec-19 20:33:53

Dobble is brilliant. Ideal for little kids once they know what the images are called (ying yang took a while in our house!). Comedy adult game too especially after a drink or two! It's our go to birthday present gift blush

PurpleCrazyHorse Sun 01-Dec-19 20:34:47

@cornflakegirl oh yes, forgot about Forbidden Island. A firm favourite with our 9yo DD.

TooMinty Sun 01-Dec-19 20:36:29

There's a junior version of Monopoly. Guess Who is popular in my house 🙂

OverByYer Sun 01-Dec-19 20:38:00


rainbowlou Sun 01-Dec-19 20:44:55

Minion monopoly

Sportycustard Sun 01-Dec-19 21:37:14

Qwirkle is good for all ages. It's like a cross between scrabble and dominoes. You match shapes or colours on tiles.

There's no board, just a bag of tiles which you can just lay on the floor or on a table. This also means it's easy to pack for holidays.

TheLurkingOne Sun 01-Dec-19 21:39:01

Labyrinth is brilliant

SpockPaperScissorsLizardRock Sun 01-Dec-19 21:40:47

Junior monopoly is great.

thismeansnothing Sun 01-Dec-19 21:43:00

Frustration (especially when you gang up on family members. OK DH)
5 second rule

TheSandman Sun 01-Dec-19 21:46:54


Guess Who

Sorry - Like Ludo but nasty.

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