One of the things I have found hard recently is family board game ideas for a game we can all play together. O has reached an age where she knows her own mind and is very independent, just about to turn three she wants to join in with everything her big sister does now. Not happy to be ‘mummy’s helper’ in a game, she wants her own turn and can become very vocal about this desire if we say no!

This has led me on the hunt for some new family board game ideas to ask Father Christmas for.  Some we can all play together and then some that The Essex Husband and I can play with S when O isn’t around (something that can stretch her encyclopaedic mind….but then again something with questions I know the answer to as well. No one likes to be out smarted my a 5-year0old now do they?)

During my search I have discovered so extremely fun games that we will be adding to our collection.

Family Board Game Ideas

Family Board Game Ideas


Bunny Jump 

Bunny Jump is the fast and furious children’s game that will have kids waiting in anticipation to catch bunny when he randomly jumps from his burrow to protect the carrots growing in the field.  Kids take turns to extract the carrots from the ‘field’; no one knows when the bunny will jump.  When it does, he jumps in the air, and the first one to catch it gains extra carrots to help win the game. For 2 + players.

This game says Age 4+ however we’ve found that O can (with a little guidance to start with) cope well with this game and it’s fab for us all to play together.

SRP £19.99. Available at Toys R Us, Hamleys, Argos, Smyths, Amazon and Toymaster.

5 Second Rule

It should be easy to name 3 breeds of dogs, but can you do it under the pressure of 5 seconds twisting away? Time is not on your side, so just say whatever comes to mind and risk ridiculous answers slipping out! For 3-6 players.

Again this game says 8+ but can be adapted for younger ones to.  We play this with s (aged 5 1/2) and she copes well.  Sometime we let her pass if its something she would really struggle to name…..but on the whole I reckon families with children aged 5 up could make this work.

SRP £19.99. Available at Argos, Amazon, Toys R Us, Smyths, WH Smith and Tesco.


The board game version of the popular BBC1 quiz show hosted by Alexander Armstrong, where the most obscure right answer is the best answer! Players plumb the depths of their general knowledge to find the least popular, correct answers to questions as they fight against their natural instincts.  For 2-4 players. Age 10+. 

This will be one for us to add at our collection in the future.

SRP £19.99. Available at Argos, Smyths, Amazon, Toys R Us, WH Smith and Toymaster.

Do you have any Family Board Game Ideas to share….would love to know your favourites.

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