These free printable board games for kids are a great resource for learning at home or in school. A simple way to increase your board game collection!
Board games are wonderful for kids as a fun and educational tool. But, growing a board game collection can be pricey! I love investing in board games for kids that I know my family will love, but, it’s not always easy to know which they will gravitate to.
This collection of free printable board games allow for the same fun and learning to do as a family, but these are free and easy to print! At a young age, board games can help with shape, letter and color identification, turn-taking, and other social skills. As kids get older, board games can help them develop strategy skills and more.
My oldest child depends on quality time to fill his love tank. This time spent together almost always includes a board game. One of our favorite times of the day is right before bed, when his younger siblings are asleep, and we spend about 20 minutes playing a quick board or card game, and these printable board games are perfect to whip out during these moments.
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Free Printable Board Games for Kids
These free printable board games can all be found on this site. In addition to board games with a typical board layout, are games such as Bingo, I-Spy, etc. (which I consider to be board games as well).
Some of these are instant downloads on the page, others require a password to grab the board game from our Exclusive Content for Subscribers page (if you already have your password for that page, go ahead and grab it from there, or sign up to get yours!)
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Why are Board Games so Beneficial to Kids?
Children learn important academic, social and life skills from board games. These skills can come from traditional competitive board games, or cooperative games as children work together for toward a common goal.
Additionally, board games provide wonderful opportunities for bonding among families and friends.
Board games also create a relaxed, fun atmosphere that encourages kids and parents to communicate with each other. This atmosphere doesn’t end when the game gets put away, either. The security kids feel lasts far longer than the game itself. -Jody Allard
What can I expect developmentally from my kids when playing board games?
Different age groups will certainly have varying abilities when it comes to playing board games. At a young age, kids are learning to identify different materials and take turns. At an older age, strategy and critical thinking, or maybe even learning to lose, are at the forefront of their learning.
Preschoolers: This age group is working on developing fine and gross motor skills, which can be honed by moving a small piece about the game board or rolling the dice. Additionally, they are learning to take turns and wait, which can be developed in both competitive or cooperative games.
When playing games with this age group, be sure to point out colors and name them, along with shapes or numbers on the board. Count the spaces together when moving. All of these small practices develop early math and language skills.
Elementary: Play continues to be an important part of social and emotional development at this age, though this might look different than the play of a preschooler. Games provide information and ask children to think critically. At this age, kids can start to think predictively, wondering, if I do ‘x’, then ‘y’ will happen. This is a wonderful age to begin to play games that involve some strategy.
Related Resources to Printable Board Games
In addition to the free printable board games above, we have compiled a few lists of our favorite games for various categories.
- Educational Board Games for Competitive or Cooperative Play
- Lawn Games for the Family: Backyard, Summer Fun!
- Some of our favorite games to purchase on Amazon
- Camping Activity Bundle (which includes a printable board game)