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We Asked Real Kids to Test Dozens of Board Games — These Were Their Favorites

Good Housekeeping Logo By Marisa LaScala of Good Housekeeping | Slide 1 of 40: It makes sense that the popularity of board games for kids went through the roof during quarantine and in the early days of the pandemic — families were looking for a way to pass the time while they were stuck at home. But even as the world has opened up again, game night has stuck around, as parents and kids have re-discovered the joys and rewards of rolling the dice and shuffling the deck. When the family gathers around the table to play a board game, kids benefit in big ways. The screen-free time helps little ones develop critical-thinking and logical-reasoning skills, learn to work as part of a team and practice things like patience and turn taking — all while creating fun memories. But how can you tell if a board game is worth buying? That's where the Good Housekeeping Institute comes in. Our experts test toys and board games all year long, staying on top of new toy releases and evaluating them for safety and ease of use. After zeroing in on the best-looking board games of the year, they send them out to actual families, who play them over and over again. (The best ones end up Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award winners.) From years of research, the games on this list have gotten the highest scores and are the best board games for kids to buy 2022.Our top picks:If it’s time to refresh your game stash, check out our top picks and get ready to for a fun family game night.

It makes sense that the popularity of board games for kids went through the roof during quarantine and in the early days of the pandemic — families were looking for a way to pass the time while they were stuck at home. But even as the world has opened up again, game night has stuck around, as parents and kids have re-discovered the joys and rewards of rolling the dice and shuffling the deck.

When the family gathers around the table to play a board game, kids benefit in big ways. The screen-free time helps little ones develop critical-thinking and logical-reasoning skills, learn to work as part of a team and practice things like patience and turn taking — all while creating fun memories. But how can you tell if a board game is worth buying? That's where the Good Housekeeping Institute comes in.

Our experts test toys and board games all year long, staying on top of new toy releases and evaluating them for safety and ease of use. After zeroing in on the best-looking board games of the year, they send them out to actual families, who play them over and over again. (The best ones end up Good Housekeeping Best Toy Award winners.) From years of research, the games on this list have gotten the highest scores and are the best board games for kids to buy 2022.

Our top picks:

If it’s time to refresh your game stash, check out our top picks and get ready to for a fun family game night.

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