Top 10 Best Classic Board Games for Kids

Board games are a great, inexpensive way for families to spend quality time together, especially on rainy days. Check out our favorite classic board games for kids.

It's raining. It's pouring...and the kids are climbing the walls! Don't sweat it! There are plenty of classic board games for kids to get into. They're fun for the whole family -- and they'll keep your kids away from their screens for a few hours!


Best board games for kids - Scrabble

The classic word game. Remember the feeling of sitting down with your mother or father for a leisurely game of Scrabble on a rainy Sunday afternoon? Family time may have shrunk over the years, but the game hasn't changed a bit.  Play it and expand the afternoon. Players draw 7 letter tiles to form a word. Ages 8+.


Best board games for kids - Clue

A murder mystery board game that's loads of fun. Was it Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick? Junior detectives will love playing this ever-changing mystery game. Players move from room to room in a mansion to solve the mystery Ages 9+.


Best board games for kids - Sorry

Who can resist those candy-kiss-shaped Sorry pieces? Your kids will love this perennial classic. Players draw a card to to advance their Pawn avoiding the card that reads "sorry".  Ages 6+.

Chinese Checkers

Best board games for kids - Chinese Checkers

Whether it's the marbles or the star-shaped board, kids love to play this checker-like game. A classic coffee table game.  Players move game pieces from one side of the board to the opposite side before their opponent does.  Ages 5+.

Chutes and Ladders

Best board games for kids - Chutes and Ladders

In this game kids who break the rules (as in life, sort of)  slide down long chutes and kids who behave climb the ladder of success. It's a classic story of good and evil, with a little luck thrown in. Players try to land on the 100 square. Ages 4+.

The Game of Life

Best board games for kids - Life

If real life were only this simple! Choosing a profession, spouse, and kids is as easy as spinning a dial. Players try to collect the most Life tiles and the most money, Ages 8+.


Best board games for kids - Chess

Start the kids early on this classic strategy game and you just may find a prodigy on your hands! Players strategically move chess piece and put your opponent in checkmate. Ages 10+


Best board games for kids - Monopoly

No game is better suited to the budding capitalist than this classic real estate game. Play the classic, or check out the new Here & Now Edition. It's got new tokens and new properties like Boston's Fenway Park, Houston's Johnson Space Center, and Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Ages 8+.


classic board games - twister

(Not your typical board game, but it sure puts a spin on too much family togetherness!)
Right foot green, left-hand red. Spin the dial and let the silliness begin! Ages 6+

Candy Land

classic board games - Candyland

This game is more than 50 years old -- that's a lot of years of happily playing tykes! Who doesn't remember the colorful cards and tempting treats pictured along the path in Candy Land? Ages 3-6.

So, you've run through all these games and it's still pouring outside? Check out our Top 10 Rainy Day Activities!