Board Games

When I was young I used to think that "board games" meant "bored games" - games to get out of the cupboard when you were feeling bored! Of course that's before we had 24 hour television and electronic gadgets and screens of every description to keep kids busy! Nevertheless board games are a great family activity or way for a group of kids to while away a long winter afternoon, and I thought it might be fun to include a few basic games here.

Board Games for Children

Apple Tree Dice Game

Apple Tree Dice Game

This is a fun number recognition game for an adult to play with a child, or for two children. It is easy to learn and quick to play, and there's lots of opportunity for counting too.

Battle Ships Instructions

Battle Ships Instructions

Battleships is a fun game for developing logic and deductive skills and practising coordinates. You can draw your own grid or scroll down for our printable version of the ever-popular Battleships game.

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Curling Board Game

Curling Board Game

Grab a dice, turn the printer on and discover how good you are at curling - board game style! Kids will be playing against a partner and scoring points, so there is some adding practice involved too. Please note - we've taken liberties with the rules of curling! The game is for 2 players.

Easter Egg Hunt Game

Easter Egg Hunt Game

Print out this Easter game, assemble a few bits and pieces to play, and have fun! Instructions are below. You can also use this printable to make a file folder game. Scroll down for our fun printable version.

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Easter Egg Race Game

Easter Egg Race Game

Here's a really simple Easter egg race game - a one-page board game to print and play with the kids this Easter. Find our colourful printable and simple instructions below.

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Farmyard Game Board Printable

Farmyard

The more hands-on practice young children have with counting, the easier it becomes to visualize numbers and give meaning to them. This farmyard game makes early learning fun!

Slalom Board Game

Slalom Board Game

The kids may not be able to take part in the real Winter Olympics, but they can have some fun with our Winter Olympics board games! Here's a slalom game which captures all the fun and excitement of the real event. Play with 2-4 players.

Snake and Ladders

Snake and Ladders

Here's a simple printable version of the classic children's board game, Snakes and Ladders. We have a pre-coloured version as well as a black and white printable for the kids to colour and decorate themselves.

Speed Skating Board Game

Speed Skating Board Game

This exciting board game is based on the speed skating event we enjoy during the Winter Olympics, which of course is fast and furious - and often looks dangerous! It can be played with 2-4 players.

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear is an ideal introduction to dice games for very young children. They can learn to count the dots on the die and begin to recognise the patterns on the die by looking for the matching pattern on the teddies.

Watch Your Step Game

Watch Your Step

Watch Your Step is a fun educational maths game which helps to teach your child simple number bonds. Each player will need two coloured counters. You will also need a die and a copy of the board below to play this game.

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