Children can benefit so much from board games and card games, it's a shame more parents don't use them for the great mental and social development tools that they are.
Childrens' games help with math skills, pattern recognition, turn taking, following rules, tactical and strategic thinking... Children also benefit from spending time with their parents in an enjoyable, loving social environment, rather than just staring at a TV.
For all the parents, or people with firends who are parents, do the children you know a favour and introduce them to some of these great childrens' games.
Apples to Apples Junior
APPLES to APPLES® JUNIOR brings the award winning card and party game, APPLES to APPLES, to the entire family. Younger players will delight in the funny comparisons while expanding their vocabulary and thinking skills. Easy to learn and fun to play, it's the perfect game for kids, families and friends!
Apples to Apples Junior 9+
The award-winning party game, Apples to Apples®, is now available in a junior version. This fast moving game promotes reading, vocabulary development, thinking skills and social skills. It's great for home and classroom: easy to learn, sets up and cleans up quickly, it's flexible for different group sizes and playtimes, and it's fun!
Get animals loaded onto the Ark before the Flood, in this adorable game by Frank Nestel, illustrated by Doris Matthäus.
Ark: Extra Mix
Add 20 new animals and a rules quick reference card to the excellent "Ark" card game.
Blokus Game is a game of strategy and skill that challenges players to keep their color string going while plotting to block out their opponents. With Blokus Game, each player starts in a corner and must plot how to position the 21 differently shaped game pieces on the 400 square Blokus board to continue building a color snake by only touching the corners of their color pieces.
Fire! The alarm has sounded in the firehouse, and four lines of firefighters must dash to the blaze to douse the flames. Advance the bucket brigades as close to the fire as possible.
Catch the Match
Catch the Match is an eye-catching, pattern recognition game. There are 15 cards that each have the same 15 objects. Each object is different and is in different colors and various locations on the cards. Any two cards always have one (and only one) object that is exactly identical in color.
Welcome to the craziest Chateau in the gaming world! The three-dimensional adventure takes place on four levels. At the top, the Chateau’s roof blocks the view of the inside. When a player peeks under the roof, he can see the lattice of walls and rooms and send his mice in search of treasure – cheese!
Chicken Cha Cha Cha
Today, there is chaos in the chicken yard! Today's practice for the Chicken Cha Cha Olympics is feather stealing. Each chicken cha chas to catch each of their opponents without being caught themself. Their reward for catching another chicken is feathers.
David & Goliath
David and Goliath is the game where size doesn't matter! It's large versus small in this fun family game where a clever balance of the two will help you win the battle. "Goliath" (highest) cards are stronger and can capture more cards, but by cleverly playing the "David" (lowest) card you can take the highest card in that trick.
Duckling Dancin' is an expansion for Chicken Cha Cha Cha. You can now play with 5 or 6 and with new rules!
In Elfenland, young elves have to pass a very special test before they are accepted as grown-ups. All elf girls and elf boys receive a map of Elfenland, and they have to visit as many famous towns in Elfenland as possible, using the common types of transp ortation: dragons, unicorns, giant pigs, elfcycles, troll wagons, magic clouds, ferries and rafts.
Felix: the Cat in the Sack
Using their mice as bait, the players attempt to grab the famous cat in the sack. Also in the sack are a jumble of both good and bad cats. The players can try to bluff one another by sneaking a dog or rabbit into the sack.
Each player is gathering a stock for the wintertime. The goal is to collect exactly six apples or exactly six carrots or exactly six nuts and to place them face up for safe storage. Each player who does this receives a card with a Gopher Trophy.
Experience the thrill of car racing in your own living room. Race around a famous speedway, vying with other cars (and players) to be the first across the finish line. Players use the cards dealt them to decide which cars to bid on.
Kinder Bunnies: Their First Adventure
Follow the bunnies on their first adventure! Kinder Bunnies is a version of Killer Bunnies, but is geared for younger kids. Loaded with activities and non-lethal game play, Kinder Bunnies has more Carrots and lots more Bunnies. Plus, Kinder Bunnies is compatible with your Killer Bunnies deck!
You've run out of gas - do you have a Gasoline card? You've got a flat tire - have you got a spare? Use the deck's special cards to overcome hazards and put obstacles in your opponents' path. Stop them with a Red Light, impose a Speed Limit, cause a Breakdown.
You control a tribe of amoebas living in Earth's past trying to survive in the Primordial Soup. At first, your amoebas drift along, eating the nutrients that are available, but soon you'll have to figure out how to get to the rapidly depleting supply of nutrients before your opponent's amoebas beat you to it.
Reiner Knizia's Poison
The mad doctor has cooked up something evil in Reiner Knizia's Poison, a clever strategy card game. Players choose a potion card from their hand to add to one of three colored cauldrons, being careful not to let the pot go over a total value of 13.
Right Turn, Left Turn
Right Turn, Left Turn is the silly game of changing directions! Right or left, which way should you turn? Try asking the traffic officer for directions, but be sure to figure out which way he's pointing you because it depends on the officer's point of view!
Grades 1 and up. There’ll be no stone left unturned in this challenging strategy game. Inspired by Incan architecture, RUMIS (meaning “stones”) sharpens spatial awareness and critical thinking skills as players strategize to outwit their opponents while reconstructing historical Incan structures (pyramid, tower, stairs, and wall).
The Game Where Memory and Deduction are "Elementary"! As Sherlock goes around and searches the clues, every player tries to remember each of the eight objects hidden in a facedown circle of cards. Then, Sherlock travels from one card to another.
Get ready for laughter as your friends and family suddenly start sounding like they were born in a barn! In Snorta each player chooses the sound of a typical farm animal and the fun begins.
The world is in crisis. Ecological disasters, socio-economical difficulties and diplomatical challenges abound - Will you be able to help your fellow players save the planet while balancing your natural desire to come out ahead?
The Kids of Catan
A great game for young children. It will help develop skills such as set collecting and sportsmanlike behaviour. And you'll have a lot of fun! Using the mechanics and themes of Catan, Klaus Teuber has created a great childrens' game to delight families with small kids.
The Lord of the Rings - Children's Game
Now kids can experience the fun & excitement of the Lord of the Rings by having their own adventures in Middle Earth. During the game, players move their Hobbits through Middle Earth, overcoming obstacles and braving encounters with fantastic creatures. The first player to move their hobbit safely to the Dark Tower wins the game.
Top Secret Spies
The Top Secret Spies board game was a revelation to use at Rainy Day Games when we first played it. Everyone is familiar with the strategy board game genre. You try to maximise your position while limiting or destorying your opponents. But what happens to your standard strategy board game when you have no idea which player controls which piece. And which piece you control youself is your most closely guarded secret?
Each player uses small, large, wild and exotic animals and their young to try and attract as many visitors as possible to their zoo. But be careful - the zoo must be carefully planned.