The best classic board games for children

Our picks of the best classic board games for children are below. Exciting, captivating, and sometimes (don’t tell the kids) educational too.

Family games night anyone?

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The classic character guessing game, an instant hit with children.

Age range: 6 and up

Educational benefits: Moderate

Playing time: 20 minutes

Guess who
Buy Guess Who on Amazon.co.uk

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Boom! A direct hit! So simple and yet so fun.

Age range: 8 and up

Educational benefits: Low

Playing time: 30 minutes

Battleships
Buy Battleships on Amazon.co.uk

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The simple joy of solving a mystery, combined with that atmospheric house and the alluring black pouch…

Age range: 8 and up

Educational benefits: Moderate

Playing time: 15 to 60 minutes

Cluedo
Buy Cluedo on Amazon.co.uk

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Set sail on the high seas, in search of plunder!

Age range: 8 and up

Educational benefits: Low

Playing time: 90 minutes

Buccaneer

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Addictive and enduring, the simple card game that kids will play for hours.

Age range: 6 and up

Educational benefits: Low

Playing time: 20 minutes

Top trumps
Buy Top Trumps on Amazon.co.uk

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Careful, careful… BUZZZZZZ! Oh dear another botched operation.

Age range: 6 and up

Educational benefits: Low

Playing time: 10 minutes

Operation
Buy Operation on Amazon.co.uk

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A classic, wonderful game to introduce children to the love of words.

Age range: 10 and up

Educational benefits: High

Playing time: 60 minutes

Scrabble
Buy Scrabble on Amazon.co.uk

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The timeless classic strategy game that has endless power to entrance children.

Age range: 6 and up

Educational benefits: High

Playing time: 10 to 400 minutes

Chess
Buy Chess And Draughts Set on Amazon.co.uk

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Fast, fun and addictive, a hugely entertaining game for a large group of children.

Age range: 6 and up

Educational benefits: Low

Playing time: 30 minutes

Uno
Buy UNO on Amazon.co.uk

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Childhood isn’t complete without a few circuits of the Monopoly board. A universal children’s classic.

Age range: 8 and up

Educational benefits: Moderate

Playing time: 180 minutes

Monopoly
Buy Monopoly on Amazon.co.uk

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