10 Best Board Games For 5 Year Olds in 2022

For this post, I have created a collection of the 10 best board games for five year olds currently available in 2021.

Here Are My Top Picks:


In this article I’ll go over:

  • My pick of the Top 10 Best Board Games For 5 Year Olds.
  • Each board game review will include ‘What the game is about’ , ‘Why we love it’ and some key information, along with an alternative option.
  • What are the benefits of playing board games with a 5 year old?

Also see my top picks for the best board games for 3 year olds and board games for 5 year olds.

Let’s get going!


Cluedo Junior

What It Is:

It’s the case of the missing cake in this classic “whodunit” game for kids.

In this Clue Junior game, players are on a mission to discover who took a piece of cake, when they took it, and what they drank with it.

The game features classic Clue characters such as Miss Scarlett, Mrs. Peacock, Col. Mustard, Mr. Green, and Prof. Plum, and also Dr. Orchid, a genius biologist with a sweet tooth.

Why We Love It:

This game is a really good introduction into the classic Cluedo game. A child friendly theme about a broken toy makes this suitable for the younger players.

I found the rules of the game easy to digest, and simple to explain to a 5 and 8 year old, who both understood the concept very quickly.

The board and pieces are excellent quality and the design features make this game really inviting and engaging to play.

All members of the family thoroughly enjoyed playing this version!

  • Reviews: Fantastic Reviews . From 8,324 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great Classic game” and “Nostalgic”.
  • Age Range: 5+ years
  • Players: 2-6
  • Playing Time: 45-60 mins
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Set Up: 10 minutes
  • Alternative: Monopoly Junior

Mouse Trap

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What It Is:

Mousetrap is the crazy, zany game of catching rodents, using the wildest contraptions.

The cheeky mice are ready for action and give Carlos the cat the run around. They love cheese so much, they’ll risk being caught but will Carlos wake from his catnap and catch them out?

Why We Love It:

This is a game that has stood the test of time! An absolute classic.

I spent many hours sitting round a table playing this as a child, so it was a must buy for my own children- and I will say, It’s still just as fun.

Great quality pieces, slightly tweaked from the original. This version, you set the board up before you start, and move your piece around the board collecting cheese, hoping not land in the danger zone!

It’s so exciting, especially when you land in the zone , will someone choose you? Whose cheese will you steal? so many thrilling decisions to make, which really creates a fun atmosphere.

Recommended for 6+ but generally speaking I feel a 5 year old would manage just fine. A good all round family fun game.

  • Reviews: Super Reviews . From 4,373 ratings 77% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Entertaining” and “Highly enjoyable”.
  • Age Range: 6+ years
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 10 minutes
  • Alternative: Guess Who

Sum Swamp

What It Is:

A fun filled maths adventure. This family fun board game is an ideal way to practise addition and subtraction skills! Through exciting game play, children are encouraged to add and subtract using the numbers 1-6.

Why We Love It:

I cannot praise this brilliant maths game enough. It is a fantastic and easy way for children to develop mathematical skills and confidence while playing a fun and exciting game.

It is so simple to play. Just venture over the crocodile shortcut and through the swamp by adding and subtracting numbers on the dice.

Not only can this game be used to reinforce addition and subtraction but also to demonstrate odd and even numbers, counting forwards and backwards, which number comes first in a sum and working out the exact number needed to win.

This is an outstanding learning resource for Children who love a board game.

  • Reviews: Fantastic Reviews . From 4,014 ratings 84% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great concept” and “Fun but educational”.
  • Age Range: 5+ years
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 10-15 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Magic Maths

Monopoly Junior

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What It Is:

The fast paced trade dealing board game is back but this time, the kids rule the town. Spend your dollars on roller coasters, carousels and more.

All you need to do it hop on, hold tight and enjoy the game.

Why We Love It:

This monopoly game is a wonderful simplified edition to it’s original.

It really captures the essence of Monopoly but has a much faster pace to it- Ideal for younger ones who are just starting out on more advanced board games.

The instructions are easy to understand and I like how there are two separate rules to game playing, one for younger children and another set of instructions for older children. It didn’t take long for our children to pick up the game concept and start playing

The quality of the board, cards, money, and game pieces is excellent, making it highly entertaining and inviting,

This was a great buy and a fun game for the whole family!

  • Reviews: Wonderful Reviews . From 10,145 ratings 80% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “perfectly designed” and “Great value”.
  • Age Range: 5+ years
  • Players: 2+
  • Playing Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Set Up: Less than 10 minutes
  • Alternative: Monopoly Junior Electronic Banking

Frustration

What It Is:  

This slam-tastic board game is one of chance and luck. It’s a great all round family fun game which will develop numeric abilities and encourage your competitive nature! The amazing chasing game that drives you mad!

Classic Frustration with whacking features and frustrated characters!

If you’re lucky, you can gain the powers of the genie to protect your characters from being sent home.

Why We Love It:

I love this traditional game. It takes me back to my childhood, although they’ve changed it a bit-instead of pressing the middle dome to make the dice pop, you’ve got your own levers to press and punch (Which is super fun!)

The wonderful addition of the genie which gets passed around adds to the excitement, It gives players an advantage/ disadvantage depending on who has it, so adds another element of fun to the game.

It’s perfect for younger children as the dice can’t get lost, which happens on many of our other board games. Overall a good easy and simple family game.

  • Reviews: Amazing Reviews . From 1,599 ratings 4.7 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Family favourite” and “super exciting”.
  • Age Range: 5+
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 15-30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Frustration Disney Pixar Cars 

Bugs In The Kitchen

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What It Is:

There’s a pesky little bug in the kitchen! And it’s not just any bug – it’s a HEXBUG nano, scuttling around the game board!

Quick – can you catch it in the trap? By turning knives, forks and spoons you can direct the bug into the trap. Throw the die to discover which utensils you can turn.

Catch the bug in the trap and earn a token – the first player to collect 5 tokens wins the game.

Why We Love It:

The game is well made, sturdy and cleverly designed – the dirty kitchen floor backdrop is so convincing I wanted to get a wipe and clean it!

The rules and object of the game are clear, and easy to follow, and the bug itself is fantastic – super fast and completely unpredictable, giving the game a real fast pace.

There will be plenty of noise as the family gather round to play this game. Lots of quick thinking is needed and forward planning, it’s highly exciting, extremely engaging and interactive and overall a super fun family game.

Recommended for 6+ but in my experience, a 5 year old would cope well generally speaking, and get many hours enjoyment from this game.

  • Reviews: Superb Reviews . From 4,776 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Visually exciting” and “Skillful fun”.
  • Age Range: 6+ years
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 15-20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Screwball Scramble

Floor is Lava

What It Is:

We’ve all played some variation of The Floor is Lava! You imagine the floor is Hot Lava and hop from cushion to couch to table across the room to stay off the floor.

Now with The Floor is Lava game, the furniture gets a break. A Spinner, 25 coloured foam tiles, and 27 action cards ramp-up the fun on this classic game of imagination and adventure. Remember, DON’T TOUCH THE FLOOR!

Why We Love It:

This game was brought for my son, who often randomly shouted “the floor is lava” whilst out and about, and actually it’s really good fun- for adults and children!

It comes with a sturdy box, foam tiles, challenge cards, and spinner. The challenge cards are great and ask the children to do tasks like hop on one foot or act like a monkey while keeping their balance on the pads. These could be changed to whatever challenges you want to set, making it heaps of fun with extra play value!

Every time we play this, we all end up in fits of laughter. It’s the perfect game to get the children up and active and to join in with a family game.

  • Reviews: Fantastic Reviews . From 8,545 ratings 4.5 out of 5 parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Awesome fun” and “Big hit with the kids”.
  • Age Range: 5-105 years
  • Players: 2-6
  • Playing Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Twister

Outfoxed!

What It Is:

Mrs. Plumpert’s prized pot pie has gone missing and it’s now a chicken chase to crack the case!

Move around the board to gather clues and then use the special evidence scanner to rule out suspects. You’ll have to work together quickly because the guilty fox is high-tailing it towards the exit!

Will you halt the hungry hooligan before it flies the coop… or will you be Outfoxed?

Why We Love It:

This is a cooperative game which I love, as it encourages teamwork, social skills and logical thinking. Children need to use their reasoning skills to win together.

There is a lot of excitement to this game for children- when the fox moves forward and when each turn you need to consider as a team whether to reveal the suspects or find a clue, I found it kept all the children engaged and interested for a long time.

The game itself is very good quality, it’s a good solid box, sturdy board and lovely fox. I would definitely recommend this as something a bit different from the usual race-around-the-board game.

  • Reviews: Wonderful Reviews . From 1,996 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Great concept” and “Beautifully designed”.
  • Age Range: 5+ years
  • Players: 1-4
  • Playing Time: 20-30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Hoot Owl Hoot

What’s the Time, Mr Wolf

What It Is:

For conscientious parents looking for a game that is both educational and fun, What’s The Time Mr Wolf? is a great board game to develop analogue and digital time telling skills.

Players race around the board matching the times to the central clock – but watch out for the hungry wolf!

Why We Love It:

I love how by playing the game it helps teach the child to read time on a regular clock and also on a digital clock. It also enhances the child’s skills in numbers, counting, turn taking, developing patience all whilst having great fun in the process.

I like that the game has longevity and that there can be different versions played depending on the child’s level.

The clock face has different colour minute and hour hands which means it is easy for children to distinguish between the two. There is also a blue line around the outside of the clock which shows the number of minutes such as 15, 30 and 45. 

This is a game that makes something quite challenging, into something quite fun!

  • Reviews: Exceptional Reviews . From 3,183 ratings 78% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Splendid” and “Brilliant tool for learning time “.
  • Age Range: 5-9 years
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Magic Maths

Race to the Treasure

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What It Is:

Can you beat the Ogre to the treasure? Players try to beat the ogre to the treasure by creating a path.

Along the way they need to collect three keys to open the treasure. Players strategize, cooperate, and build the path together.

If they do it before the ogre gets there, they all win! 

Why We Love It:

This game is a great way for young children to learn some skills when it comes to critical thinking. I like how at the start, you need to set up the game board using some basic map-reading skills before starting the game.

This is a fab cooperative game, as the competition is against the ogres, not other players. We played this with a group of friends and I was so impressed at how engaged they all were.

It provided the opportunity for communication, decision making and thinking things through. We found the rules easy to follow, My 4 year old picked it up very quickly with the help of his older brother, so It can be quickly taught.

It is enjoyable to play over and over again. This will be a favourite game in our house for a while.

  • Reviews: Fantastic Reviews . From 1,996 ratings 81% of parents give it 5 stars. Comments include “Easy to learn” and “Encourages teamwork”.
  • Age Range: 5+ years
  • Players: 2-4
  • Playing Time: 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Set Up: Less than 5 minutes
  • Alternative: Enchanted Forest

What Are The Benefits Of Playing Board Games With A 5 Year Old?

Playing board games with a 5 year old develops some essential key skills.

  • Boosts communication skills: You and your child will discuss the rules and gameplay, and speak with each other during and after the games. This is great for developing those listening skills and vocabulary.
  • Supports social skills: Playing board games teaches a child to take turns, wait patiently, lose gracefully, and have empathy for the feelings of others.
  • Helps develop concentration Playing board games helps your child sit still, focus, and pay attention to what is happening — an essential skill for school.
  • Strengthening relationships: Playing board games not only provides an activity you can share right now but also builds memories you can share in the future.

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