Want to help the kids in your life build up a terrific game collection? Look no further! We've rounded up the best board games for 7 year olds, whether they're playing with their friends or as part of family game night. When it comes to this age group, the key thing to remember is that their reading skills can vary widely, so it's best to choose games that don't rely too heavily on written words. You'll also want to avoid games that are too long, since 7-year-old attention spans max out pretty quickly. The games on this list fit those criteria, plus they're well-reviewed and known to be kid favorites. Get ready for some fun!
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How do we know this is one of the best board games for 7 year olds? It was invented by a 7 year old kid! Think of it kind of like a food fight in card form. Each player vies to build the weirdest meal from cards like "hot yogurt" or "gummi bears." Bonus cards help you out, while penalty cards like "tummy ache" will cost you. This is a quick hilarious game that's easy to learn but has enough strategy to intrigue older players as well. (2-4 players, ages 7+)
With nearly 14,000 5-star reviews on Amazon, Labyrinth has been around for years and is well deserving of its fans. The clever gameboard is a maze, full of sliding pieces that change things up as you play. Draw a card to determine your quest, then try to collect all the treasure first while blocking others from doing the same. A game takes 30 minutes or less, just long enough to keep kids interested. (2-4 players, ages 7+)
This game of logic and elimination is a kid-favorite, and an excellent way to keep kids occupied in the backseat on a road trip. By asking questions about their features, kids narrow down their opponent's mystery character. As they eliminate certain people, they flip them down until just one is left. We love this set, which includes animal cards to swap with the people cards! (2 players, ages 6+)
Fairy tale lovers will adore getting a chance to take a fantasy journey of their own! Set off through the forest, peeking under the trees to find Cinderella's slipper, Jack's beans, and more. Part memory, part luck, Enchanted Forest is a charming game little ones will want to play happily ever after. (2-6 players, ages 4+)
This one's a classic that really stands the test of time. Kids can learn to play in no time, and each game is quick. But there's plenty of strategy involved as you try to drop your checkers and get four in a row across, down, or diagonally. Connect 4 is a game that belongs in every kid's collection. (2 players, ages 6+)
This Underdog Games offering is all about the monkey-flinging fun! Set up the cups and use your monkey to flip a coconut. If you make it into the cup, you add it to your own mat. The first to collect six cups wins! We love that this one is simple enough for little ones to play on their own, but adults will get a kick out of it too. (2-4 players, ages 6+)
The original codebreaking game gets a few changes to make it easier for little ones to understand. One player sets a code of pegs, then offers clues as the other player tries to crack it. There are three levels of play, so this game grows with kids as they master it. (2 players, ages 6+)
With the same general gameplay style of the original Catan, but cut down to an average game time of 30 minutes, this version is just right for young ones. The pirate theme is sure to appeal, as players visit islands to collect resources to build ships and lairs. Get help from Coco the parrot, but watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain! (2-4 players, ages 6+)
Qwirkle has the feel of dominos, but focuses on shapes and colors instead. Lay tiles to match various attributes, scoring more points by matching multiple tiles at once. Form a line of six in a row to make a Qwirkle and get major points! (2-4 players, ages 6+)
Choose your color, then take turns placing your pieces on the board as you try to dominate the playing field. Each piece must touch another piece of the same color—but only at the corners. Kids will pick up the rules quickly, then develop strategy as they try to claim space and block their opponents. (2-4 players, ages 7+)