Board games are a great way to get the whole family together for a fun night of laughs and learning, but some picks are too complicated or adult-themed for the younger set. Seven year olds need games with clear instructions, but are more ready than ever to tackle new strategic challenges. There’s tons of awesome games to choose from, so wee took a look at the 10 best board games for 7 year olds to help you make a pick that’s perfect for your kiddo.

Our Top Picks

How to Pick the Best BOARD GAMES

1. Recommended Age

When you’re looking for games for kids of a certain age, focusing on the age range recommended by the manufacturer can help you to be sure your kids will enjoy the game, understand the instructions and that the content will be appropriate for them. It’s usually listed on the front of a game’s box. Not to worry – all the games on our list are great for 7 year olds!

2. Number of players

Whether your family is big or small, knowing the number of players needed is important. It can be disappointing for an only child to receive a fun game, only to realize it’s less fun without the eight recommended players. Likewise, if there are more than two young kids, they may argue over who gets a turn when it comes to games designed for only two players. Knowing how many players a game requires can help you decide if it’s ideal for your family.

3. Difficulty Level

Some board games are quick and easy, while others can take hours and require some intense strategics, encouraging them to think deeply. If your kids are have lots of attention span to spare and love to dig deep into games and game theory, more complicated and difficult picks would be good for them. That’s not common at seven, though, so think about how long your kiddo can sit still when deciding on an appropriate difficulty level.

4. Choking Hazards

Board games are pretty well known for having a lot of tiny pieces, and if you’ve ever had a toddler, you know what that means – choking hazards. They’re not present in every single board game, but when they are, it’s important that you know about them and keep them out of the reach of children three and under.

5. Style

Matching, drawing, guessing – you name it, and you can probably find it in board game form. A lot of kids tend to gravitate toward favorite game types that are compatible with their learning style, and knowing what a game’s primary activity style is can make it easier for you to decide of your kiddo will enjoy it.

6. Included

Board games can be as small as a deck of cards or take up a whole tabletop. If you don’t have room to spread out or don’t want to deal with tons of small parts, it’s helpful to be aware of the amount of stuff that comes with a game. Some games use pads and pencils, and the ones that are included are pretty small. In these cases, it can be helpful to know so you have some extra scratch paper on hand. 

The Winners

#1

Spin Master Games Hedbandz

Best Overall

Fun and silly, the Spin Master Games Hedbanz comes with two headbands as well as a set of cards. Each player must wear a headband with a card placed in it, and must ask rapid fire yes or no questions to determine what animal, food or object is on their card. The first player to guess what card they have wins the game. It encourages deductive reasoning and critical thinking, and silly questions and guesses make the group-friendly game full of laughs.

Recommended Age: 7+
Number of Players: 2 – 6 players
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Guessing/20 questions
Included: Headbands, cards, timer, tokens, instructions

#2

Stare! Junior Board Game

Upgrade Choice

Games that encourage kids to spot details improve concentration and focus, and Stare! Junior Board Game offers just that. Featuring 160 image cards and 960 questions, this game has plenty of replay value. Games can be quick or stacked back to back, and the set comes with a board, die and pieces to track progress. The cards could also easily be used to play independently of the board with a virtually unlimited number of players, and can be good for quick memory-test “flash cards”.

Recommended Age: 5+
Number of Players: 2 – 4
Difficulty Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Memory
Included: 160 image cards ft. 960 questions, game board, hourglass, playing pieces, dice

#3

Hasbro Guess Who?

Best Budget Buy

A favorite childhood guessing game of many years, the Hasbro Guess Who? has been updated to reflect more modern styles. There’s no more bad 80s earrings to giggle at, but the premise and critical thinking benefits remain. Each player chooses a mystery character. On their turn, players ask yes or no questions about the mystery characters’s characteristics – “Is your character a woman?” or “Does he have glasses?” for example. They then flip down cards on their board as possibilities are eliminated. When one player thinks they know the answer, they can guess, but it’s important to be sure! If they get it wrong, they automatically lose.

Recommended Age: 6+
Number of Players: 2
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Matching/Guessing
Included: 2 game boards, 48 face cards, 24 mystery cards, 2 scorekeepers, instructions

#4

Hasbro Battleship

Best Classic Board Game

A classic childhood board game that keeps kids coming back for more, Hasbro Battleship pits two people or teams against each other in a strategic head to head competition. Kids must make guesses about where an opponent’s battleship might be, marking their right and wrong guesses on their side of the board. As turns progress, a clearer map develops and strategies become clearer until one player wins by “sinking” the other’s battleship. This set includes portable cases, so it’s perfect for taking along on trips.

Recommended Age: 7+
Number of Players: 2
Difficulty Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Strategy
Included: 2 portable battle cases, 10 plastic ships, 84 red “hit” pegs, 168 white “miss” pegs, label sheet, instructions

#5

Hasbro Clue Junior

Best Classic Board Game

The beloved mystery game of many childhoods is seen here scaled down in theme and complexity. Hasbro Clue Junior is a great pick for encouraging kids to concentrate and use deductive reasoning. The premise and characters are the same – sort of. Instead of a murder, kids are solving the far more child-friendly mystery of who stole the last piece of cake. Also introduced is a new character, Dr. Orchid, described as a “genius biologist with a sweet tooth” (hmm, who could it be?). 2 – 6 players can enjoy this critical thinking game which features cute gamepieces modeled after the game’s classic characters.

Recommended Age: 5+
Number of Players: 2 – 6
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Investigation
Included: Game board, 6 character pawns, 6 furniture tokens, 7 white bases, 7 yellow bases, detective notepad, die, label sheet, instructions

#6

Cardinal Othello

Best Strategy Games for Kids

Cardinal Othello is a popular old school strategy game that, to paraphrase their slogan, is quick to learn but challenging to master. Opponents alternate placing discs on an 8 x 8 grid. Each player tries to sandwich pieces of the opposing color, which allows them to flip the reversible disc so that it counts as part of their board. When the grid is filled, the player who is covering the most area wins. As kids play repeatedly, they’ll begin to develop advanced strategies using critical thinking skills.

Recommended Age: 7+
Number of Players: 2
Difficulty Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Strategy
Included: Game board, 64 reversible discs, 2 disc holders, instructions

#7

ThinkFun Zingo Bingo

Great for groups of younger kids, the ThinkFun Zingo Bingo offers boosts to language and matching skills. The fun, easy to use Zinger machine releases small yellow markers which feature both words and pictures. The markers correspond with identical images on a Zingo card, and kids place markers on their card until they have a line or a “Zingo”. It’s a good pick for kids who are just starting out with reading as well as kids 7 and up who have a bit more experience. It’s also easy to set up and put away as well as quick to play, so it’s a great pick to kill a few minutes while they’re waiting or to fulfill a request for “one last game” before bed.

Recommended Age: 4+
Number of Players: 2 – 6
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Bingo
Included: Zingo machine, cards, markers, instructions

#8

Blokus Strategy Game

Blokus Strategy Game is easy to learn competitive strategy game for 4 players will have them demanding repeated rematches. Each player has 21 single-colored blocks which they must arrange on the grid, each touching a similar colored block at the corner. The objective is for players to get as many of their pieces on the board as possible while also strategically blocking opponents. The game ends when no more pieces can be placed on the board, and the player with the lowest remaining number of pieces wins. It takes about half an hour to play, so it’s fun to go back to back.

Recommended Age: 7+
Number of Players: 2 – 4
Difficulty Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Strategy
Included: Board, colored pieces, instructions

#9

Mighty Fun Brain Freeze

Combining favorite elements of Guess Who and Battleship, this head to head strategy guessing game is good for sets of 2 or a pair of teams. The cute sweet treat theme doesn’t stop competition from getting intense as kids use logic and deduction to plot the location of their opponent’s frozen treats. The quick setup and minimal size and pieces of this pick make it the most travel friendly on our list – kids can easily play on the go in the car without the board being disrupted.

Recommended Age: 5 – 10 years
Number of Players: 2 players or teams
Difficulty Level: Beginner – Intermediate
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Strategy
Included: 2 game boards, dry erase markers, wiping cloths, instructions

#10

5 Second Rule Junior

PlayMonster 5 Second Rule Junior is a classic party game, and this kid friendly version will have the whole family cracking up. The objective is for players to read the question on their card and give an answer before the 5 second timer expires. This results in a lot of quickly uttered silly answers. Players keep score by moving pieces on a board, and the first to reach the end wins. The unique spiral timer makes a fun “zoop” noise when it’s flipped over, and it uses descending metal balls to measure time rather than traditional sand.

Recommended Age: 6+
Number of Players: 3+
Difficulty Level: Beginner
Safety Hazards: Choking hazard
Style: Speed trivia
Included: 200 cards ft 400 questions, 6 playing pieces, 5 second timer, game board, instructions

Quick Decision

Spin Master Games Hedbanz – Best Overall
It’ll get them laughing hard AND thinking critically about their card, plus it’s group and family friendly

Stare! Junior Board Game – Upgrade Choice
Improving focus is a constant goal with younger kids and the detail observation this game requires can improve their ability to concentrate

Hasbro Guess Who? – Best Budget Buy
It’s a classic pick that’s not too complex or pricey but still encourages children to think, observe and record details

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HANNAH H.

HANNAH H.

Hannah is both a parent and a freelance journalist and author. You go, girl! She is an impeccable wordsmith and her warm and witty outlook on life makes her pieces a joy to read.

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