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Kids's Games Buying Guide

From solo efforts like Solitaire to party favorites like Pictionary, kids’ games can entertain, amuse, and educate audiences of any size or age.

Types of Kids’ Games

When it comes to kids’ games, the pool of choices is wide and deep. 

Barbie Games

Barbie is much more than just a doll! There are board games, car games, and online games galore featuring the famous blonde and her friends.

Board Games

Board games require players to move pieces on a cardboard, plastic, or metal playing surface. But within those parameters there is a huge amount of variety, both in complexity and aim.

Brain Games

Brain games may have a board, cards, or dice, but one thing is for sure: They keep you thinking.
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Alex Toys
$37.95 at Ebeanstalk

School time is fun time! Ring the bell and school is in session! This 225-piece set includes: lots of school activities including:... - Wipe-away boards with letters - Numbers - Colors - Shapes - World map and food pyramid - Pointer - 9 pencils - Dry erase marker - Eraser - And it folds into an easy carrying case so you can take it anywhere! Like Pretend Play Toys? See 'em all here! Read More

InfiniToy
$14.99 at Ebeanstalk

Quizmo is the fun, interactive handheld quiz game with an electronic brain that knows the answers to up to 693,135 questions! To p...lay, you'll need a Quizmo and a Quizmo Flip Book - the Flips have the questions and Quizmo has all the answers. The Quizmo Starter Set includes 1 Quizmo and 1 Quizmo's Greatest Hits Flip, featuring 400 all-new questions from 5 top-selling Quizmo titles: Kids Brain Power Puzzles, Gross and Yucky Human Body, Kids Know-It-All Quiz, How Things Work, and Math Madness. Read More

Marlon Creations
$22.95 at Ebeanstalk

Can you face the challenge? - With over 10,000 brain-busting puzzles, the Rubik'Slide- is a brand-new challenge for all ages! - Th...e object of each puzzle is to rearrange the pattern of lights by shifting and twisting until they match the solution for that puzzle. - With two ways to play and multiple challenging levels that train your brain, it'the game that'easy to learn and impossible to put down! - Over 10,000 puzzles and multiple difficulty settings will challenge players of all ages and skill levels! - Two fun ways to play - See how many puzzles you can beat in Free Play or race against the clock in Lightning Round! - Internal memory saves your game and high scores so you can pick up and play anytime. Features: - Voice - Lights - And sound effects with adjustable volume control! Like puzzles? See-all here! Read More

Car Games

Car games are called thus because of their portable size and use of changing window scenery as part of the game.
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Hot Wheels
$9.47 $10.99 at Kmart

WARNING Hazard - No Warning Hot Wheels Playsets are Great Fun The Hot Wheels Starter Set is ready to get racing with your little r...acing guy. This set includes 9 new racing vehicles ready to squeal their tires with your little boy. The sets feature classic hot rods, high performance racers and jacked up racing trucks - all with the Hot Wheels flair. These vehicles also have exclusive and distinctive decorations. These Hot Wheels Playsets are a great starter set for a new Hot Wheels fan or a great addition to an existing collection. These vehicles are 1/64 scale of the original vehicle. This Hot Wheels Gift Pack will have your child all set for challenging and racing with friends on or off the Hot Wheels tracks and sets. Hot Wheels are powered by your little racer with an endless power source and need no batteries. Assortments will vary. The Hot Wheels Starter Set makes a great gift for your little racing fan The 9-pack Hot Wheels set is a perfect addition to an existing set or Hot Wheels Track - lots of new race vehicles for lots of new challenging races The set also would be a great starter set for an aspiring racer and provide an instant collection with which to race with friends The Hot Wheels are 1/64 scale sizing Safety is important on the racetrack - so please remember Hot Wheels are intended for ages three and up Assortments will vary This product is: Available for Gift Wrap Added on August 28, 2012 Read More

Card Games

Ranging from Go Fish, which is played with a standard card deck, to Uno, which requires a specialized one, card games are fun for all ages.
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International Playthings
$12.95 at Ebeanstalk

Every girl dreams of being a ballerina! This Ballerina Card Game by IPLAY features: - Graceful illustrations depicting specific ba...llet positions that help teach budding ballerinas the basics of the art form. - 48 Cards - Play Ballet Practice, Classic Ballerina Rummy, Ballerina Color Rummy, Name that Ballet Position and Ballet Memory. Like Card Games? See 'em all here! Read More

International Playthings
$12.95 at Ebeanstalk

We'll lay our cards on the table. This game is super fun, every time! Wonderfully illustrated, high-quality playing cards open the... door to hours of simple, old-fashioned fun. Contains: - 52 cards - And rules for five well-known classic card games to play with friends and family. Like Card Games? See 'em all here! Read More

Dice Games

There are many fun games that require you to give the dice a roll.
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Winning Moves Games
$19.99 at Ebeanstalk

The world famous 3-minute word game! - A family favorite for over 30 years! - The new Double Letter cube makes it easier to form l...onger words. - A 5x5 letter grid with more cubes, longer words and higher scores! Contents: - 25 plastic letter cubes - Plastic cube grid - Dome and cover - 3-minute sand timer - And illustrated instructions. Interested in Classic Games? See 'em all here! Read More

Disney Games

Mickey, Minnie, and all their Disney friends can be found on a variety of board, card, and online games.
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LeapFrog
$11.19 at Target

Find out what happens to bullies when Ariel and Flounder's fin-tastic tale takes an unexpected turn. After the story, play fun lea...rning games with Princesses Cinderella and Jasmine. Age 5-8 years Features Match pictures with short vowel sounds so Cinderella can clean the attic, finish her chores and go to the ball. Touch letter blends to hear them pronounced, match pictures to letter blends and learn about the royal ball. Join Jasmine and Aladdin on a magic carpet ride, and learn new words about Egyptian landmarks. Visit a marvelous market with Jasmine, and create plural words by adding the letter "s." About the Series The Read on Your Own Series is designed to foster a love of reading and support children as they build confidence and independence as readers. Learning Difference Parents can connect LeapReader to a computer and see their child's reading progress, get personalized skill insights and expand the learning with fun activities, printables and tips from experts. LeapReader books are designed and approved by the LeapFrog Learning Team and grounded in the latest research for the richest possible learning experience. Promoting learning through play taps into children?s natural curiosity and inspires them to explore. Works With Tag Reading System and LeapReader Reading and Writing System (sold separately) Read and swim along with Ariel and Flounder as they explore a sunken boat loaded with treasures Find out what happens when they are surprised by an unwelcome visitor and their adventure takes an unexpected turn After the story, play learning games with Cinderella and Jasmine who help to build vocabulary, reading comprehension and phonics skills Kids learn about short vowels, plurals and consonant blends Connect the Tag reader online to the LeapFrog learning path to see what your child is learning from this book, and receive recommendations for books your child could read next Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 4 Years and UpEducational Focus: Reading, VocabularyNumber of Activities: 3.0Number of Pages: 24Languages: EnglishIncludes: BooksLearning Platform: LeapFrog Preschool, LeapFrog TagInteracts With: Electronic Learning SystemComputer Platform Compatibility: Mac, PCBattery: no battery usedRelease Date: June 8, 2008 Read More

LeapFrog
$24.97 at Walmart

Your child can explore an amazing world of plants and animals with this LeapFrog Explorer Game: Disney Pixar Brave. Your child can... experiment with science, deduce answers through trial and error and use that learning to make predictions about the natural world with this Explorer Learning Game Pixar Brave. With the Pixar Brave game, your child can immerse themselves in flora and fauna native to Merida's forest. This LeapFrog Explorer Game: Disney Pixar Brave allows children to learn the common and scientific names for parts of plants and animals. They can also discover 100-plus facts about plants and animals. This Pixar Brave game also allows kids to play target practice with physics concepts and embark on 15 unique quests. This game works with LeapPad Learning tablets and Leapster Explorer game systems, which are sold separately. Please note this game does not work with Leapster or Leapster 2 game systems. Read More

Disney
$14.95 at Disney Store

Let the enchantment begin with a pajama party that's too much fun in this delightful DVD as the Disney Princesses lead you through... games, stories and more. Read More

Dominoes

Whether your dominoes have dots, colors, or pictures, your goal with them is the same: match up like sides and block your opponent.

Electronic Games

Electronic games are played on handhelds that require batteries. They can be electronic versions of regular games like Uno or Scrabble, or unique games available only on electronic devices.
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LeapFrog
$11.19 at Target

Find out what happens to bullies when Ariel and Flounder's fin-tastic tale takes an unexpected turn. After the story, play fun lea...rning games with Princesses Cinderella and Jasmine. Age 5-8 years Features Match pictures with short vowel sounds so Cinderella can clean the attic, finish her chores and go to the ball. Touch letter blends to hear them pronounced, match pictures to letter blends and learn about the royal ball. Join Jasmine and Aladdin on a magic carpet ride, and learn new words about Egyptian landmarks. Visit a marvelous market with Jasmine, and create plural words by adding the letter "s." About the Series The Read on Your Own Series is designed to foster a love of reading and support children as they build confidence and independence as readers. Learning Difference Parents can connect LeapReader to a computer and see their child's reading progress, get personalized skill insights and expand the learning with fun activities, printables and tips from experts. LeapReader books are designed and approved by the LeapFrog Learning Team and grounded in the latest research for the richest possible learning experience. Promoting learning through play taps into children?s natural curiosity and inspires them to explore. Works With Tag Reading System and LeapReader Reading and Writing System (sold separately) Read and swim along with Ariel and Flounder as they explore a sunken boat loaded with treasures Find out what happens when they are surprised by an unwelcome visitor and their adventure takes an unexpected turn After the story, play learning games with Cinderella and Jasmine who help to build vocabulary, reading comprehension and phonics skills Kids learn about short vowels, plurals and consonant blends Connect the Tag reader online to the LeapFrog learning path to see what your child is learning from this book, and receive recommendations for books your child could read next Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 4 Years and UpEducational Focus: Reading, VocabularyNumber of Activities: 3.0Number of Pages: 24Languages: EnglishIncludes: BooksLearning Platform: LeapFrog Preschool, LeapFrog TagInteracts With: Electronic Learning SystemComputer Platform Compatibility: Mac, PCBattery: no battery usedRelease Date: June 8, 2008 Read More

VTech
$12.79 at Target

Portable handheld gaming system lets kids enjoy learning on the go Touch screen technology Features favorite Mickey Mouse Clubhous...e friends and the voice of Mickey Mouse!6 Fun Learning games use the touch screen and QWERTY keyboard Learn skills such as numbers, counting, colors, shapes and more! Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 4 Years and UpEducational Focus: Letters and Numbers, Shapes and ColorsFeatures: Color Screen, Touch Screen, Travel SizeNumber of Activities: 6.0Languages: EnglishIncludes: Software CDLearning Platform: Vtech MobiGo TouchInteracts With: Electronic Learning SystemComputer Platform Compatibility: Windows, PC, MacBattery: no battery used Read More

IDEAL
$53.99 at Kmart

Enjoy all the lights, sounds, and thrills of playing this classic arcade speedball game in the comfort of your own home! No quarte...rs required! The Arcade Speedball comes with automatic... Read More

Elenco
$40.99 at Target

Your junior scientist will love this Rock Tumbler Kit from Elenco. Your child can create beautiful polished stones and make jewelr...y keepsakes for friends, family or for their own. The set includes the rock tumbler, an AC/DC transformer, rocks and 4 grinding grits. Jewelry-making components include: an 18" necklace chain, 4 adjustable rings, 3 key chains, 3 pairs of hanging earring wires, 12 setting holders in 3 styles, 12 jump ring connectors, glue and easy-to-read instructions. Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 10 Years and UpGrade Level: 8th Grade, 5th Grade, 10th Grade, 12th Grade, 6th Grade, 11th Grade, 9th Grade, 7th Grade, 4th GradeEducational Focus: Science, Creative ThinkingFeatures: Multiple Levels of PlayNumber of Players: 1 or More PlayersIncludes: Game Pieces, Instruction GuidePower Source: ElectricMaterial: Metal, PlasticCare and Cleaning: Wipe Clean With a Dry ClothBattery: no battery usedAssembly Details: no assembly required Read More

Floor Games

Since the major action takes place on the ground, these games can be more physically demanding than others, as they often require throwing, jumping, twisting, hopping, or contorting one’s body.
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Kid Motorz
$64.99 at Kmart

Officially licensed Foot to Floor ride-on version of the Classic H2 Hummer. Has 6 electronic sounds with trigger buttons on dashbo...ard. Easy assembly. Maximum load capacity 33 lbs. ... Read More

Alex Toys
$41.95 at Ebeanstalk

I see a pig . . . I see a a red barn . . . - One of our most popular baby and toddler toys, My Giant Floor Puzzle is a 36 inch sof...t, round mat. - It is also a giant 17 piece floor puzzle with large simple pieces. - It is a mat. It is a puzzle. It is two toys in one! - Great colors, shapes and nice, thick padding make it one of our top sellers and a child-expert favorite. - DIMENSIONS: 26 W x 15 H x 1.75 D Like puzzles? See 'em all here! Read More

Melissa & Doug
$17.95 at Ebeanstalk

This is . . . O N E . . . B I G . . . 4 - F O O T . . . L O N G . . . Fire Truck Puzzle ! - This fire truck-shaped puzzle is ready... to go with only 24 cardboard pieces to complete assembly! - Four feet long when assembled. - Extra-thick cardboard pieces are 20% thicker than the competition's, built for wear-and-tear. - Easy-clean surface keeps puzzle looking new. Dimensions: 48 L x 18 W Assembled Like puzzles? See 'em all here! Read More

Lawn Games

Bowling, bocce, and croquet are just a few of the lawn games best played on the grass, sand, or dirt.
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Franklin Sports
$41.99 $79.89 at Overstock.com

This Classic Badminton Set from Franklin Sports offers all the elements needed to play a traditional game of badminton. Three pro-...style, cork-tipped nylon shuttlecocks and an official-size net are included to keep the competition lively. Brand: Franklin Sports Classic Badminton Set Three pro-style, cork-tipped nylon shuttlecocks Official-size net features deluxe tarpaulin binding and top net cable Includes: Four 4 graphite rackets, three 3 shuttlecocks, poles, net, mounting hardware, eight 8 ground stakes, and a carry bag Materials: Plastic, graphite, cork Dimensions: 27.5 inches high x 10.2 inches wide x 4.5 inches deep Model: 13042/02 Read More

Durango
$169.99 at Kmart

If you have an Above-ground pool with a deck, this sports kit sets up easily so you can start the competition right away. Set incl...udes deluxe water sport basketball and volleyball, volleyball game poles, net... Read More

SwimWays
$75.99 $79.99 at Kohl's

Play some aquatic sports with this SwimWays poolside volleyball game. In blue/white. Product Features: Stable bases fill with wa...ter/sand 24-foot net span Product Details: Includes: 2 bases, net and volleyball 15"H x 5.6"W x 33"D (packaged) Ages 6 years and up Some assembly required Model no. 00801 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Read More

Mikasa
$41.99 $49.99 at Sports Authority

A replica of the MVA200 FIVB™ game ball, the Mikasa® MVA330 is perfect for club volleyball players. The exclusive composite cover ...has the right amount of give without being too soft, and the 8-panel design offers more surface contact for better passing and setting. Features Club version of MVA200 game ball Competition performance Unique 8-panel design Exclusive composite cover Nylon-wound center Size 5 - official Read More

Mazes

Keep kids of all ages entertained with paper mazes, which are available in a variety of difficulty levels.
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Franklin Sports
$41.99 $79.89 at Overstock.com

This Classic Badminton Set from Franklin Sports offers all the elements needed to play a traditional game of badminton. Three pro-...style, cork-tipped nylon shuttlecocks and an official-size net are included to keep the competition lively. Brand: Franklin Sports Classic Badminton Set Three pro-style, cork-tipped nylon shuttlecocks Official-size net features deluxe tarpaulin binding and top net cable Includes: Four 4 graphite rackets, three 3 shuttlecocks, poles, net, mounting hardware, eight 8 ground stakes, and a carry bag Materials: Plastic, graphite, cork Dimensions: 27.5 inches high x 10.2 inches wide x 4.5 inches deep Model: 13042/02 Read More

Durango
$169.99 at Kmart

If you have an Above-ground pool with a deck, this sports kit sets up easily so you can start the competition right away. Set incl...udes deluxe water sport basketball and volleyball, volleyball game poles, net... Read More

SwimWays
$75.99 $79.99 at Kohl's

Play some aquatic sports with this SwimWays poolside volleyball game. In blue/white. Product Features: Stable bases fill with wa...ter/sand 24-foot net span Product Details: Includes: 2 bases, net and volleyball 15"H x 5.6"W x 33"D (packaged) Ages 6 years and up Some assembly required Model no. 00801 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Read More

Mikasa
$41.99 $49.99 at Sports Authority

A replica of the MVA200 FIVB™ game ball, the Mikasa® MVA330 is perfect for club volleyball players. The exclusive composite cover ...has the right amount of give without being too soft, and the 8-panel design offers more surface contact for better passing and setting. Features Club version of MVA200 game ball Competition performance Unique 8-panel design Exclusive composite cover Nylon-wound center Size 5 - official Read More

Memory Games

These games test your recall, be it where matching cards are located or which items were on a tray.
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LeapFrog
$24.99 at Target

Challenge Your Super Animal IQ! Explore animal habitats around the world on fun fact-finding adventures. It?s wild out there so ke...ep careful watch and you?ll discover more than 40 different reptiles, birds, amphibians and mammals. Then test your field knowledge and prove you?re a Super Animal Genius! ? Visit 12 different animal habitats around the globe! ? Play nine different mini games to learn about animals? what they eat, what eats them, the animal?s neighbors in the habitat and a wide array of animal trivia! ? Classify animals based on their similarities. ? Observe and collect matching animals. ? Works with all LeapPad learning tablets and Leapster Explorer and LeapsterGS game systems (sold separately). Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 5 Years and UpEducational Focus: Creative Thinking, Memory SkilllsLanguages: EnglishLearning Platform: Leap Frog LeappadComputer Platform Compatibility: WindowsMaterial: PlasticBattery: no battery used Read More

Miniature Games

Played on a table or model terrain with small, three-dimensional figures, miniature games simulate scenarios, such as battles. Cards or a roll of the dice determine player moves.
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Franklin Sports
$32.89 at Kmart

The Disney Princess 3 in 1 Table Top Game Center includes Bowling, Roll N Sore and Shuffleboard, All accessories are included, Dur...able ABS construction Read More

Outdoor Games

While some games that require large amounts of space, such as Capture the Flag or Hide and Seek, can be adapted for indoors, many are best played outside.
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Voit
$68.99 $79.99 at Sears

The Voit Plus 16 Table Top game includes 3 double sided playing surfaces, all the parts and game play instructions. The Voit Plus ...16 Table Top Games even comes with a handy storage/tote bag so you can even take your Voit Plus 16 Table Top Games with you to Grandma?s house! Game include ? Finger Hockey, Stick Hockey, Baseball, Finger Football, Bean Bag Toss, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard - (deep breath) - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Tic Tac Toe, Washer Toss, Finger Soccer, Bowling, Foam Horseshoes and Ring Toss! The Voit Plus 16 Table Top Games adds 16 games to any flat surface! Play on top of your Air Hockey Table! Play on top of your Foosball Table! Play on top of your Pool Table! Play on top of your Kitchen Table! Play on your Floor! Play on top of your Bed! The Voit Plus 16 Table Top game includes 3 - 48? X 24? MDF double sided playing surfaces, all the parts and game play instructions. The Voit Plus 16 Table Top Games even comes with a handy storage/tote bag so you can even take your Voit Plus 16 Table Top Games with you to Grandma?s house! Game include ? Finger Hockey, Stick Hockey, Baseball, Finger Football, Bean Bag Toss, Table Tennis, Shuffleboard - (deep breath) - Chess, Checkers, Backgammon, Tic Tac Toe, Washer Toss, Finger Soccer, Bowling, Foam Horseshoes and Ring Toss! No assembly required. if(isI18NConvReq()){ $("#desc a").hide(); } Added on October 17, 2010 Read More

Franklin
$57.11 $59.99 at Hayneedle

SmallAge: 4 - 6 yearsWaist: 19 - 22 inchesChest: 20 - 24 inchesHeight: 40 - 45 inches MediumAge: 7- 9 yearsWaist: 22 - 25 inchesCh...est: 20 - 24 inchesHeight: 48 - 54 inches About Franklin Sports In 1946, brothers Irving and Sydney Franklin founded Franklin Sports in Brockton, MA. As the company grew, Franklin's headquarters moved to a larger facility in Stoughton, MA. What began as a business specializing in manufacturing leather sporting good items for the youth market has expanded successfully with the addition of distribution partners in Europe, Japan, Australia, Mexico, and Canada. As proof of Franklin's top-quality products, the Franklin batting glove is the official batting glove of Major League Baseball. From professional athletes to the youngest novices, Franklin meets the needs of all, with innovative products and exceptional value. Read More

Marky Sparky
$24.95 at Ebeanstalk

Why do you think those cricket-players hit the ball EVERY time? Because they have a Doinkit Flatbat, that's why. Well, kinda, sort...a. With its extra wide hitting surface and easy to handle soft grip, kids will have instant success. Flatbat will build self esteem with every hit. Because when the kids are hitting a Doinkit ball it flys far but not tooooo far. It is easy to field and is great at the park or beach. Check out our outdoor games! Read More

Melissa & Doug
$19.95 at Ebeanstalk

This exciting pool game comes with two cool nets, two foam balls and one big challenge. Can you make the catch of the day? Whimsic...ally designed with bright colors and toothy personality, this well-made toss-and-catch set encourages hand/eye coordination, social skills and lots of outdoor fun! Play ideas are included to inspire hours of enjoyment in and out of the pool. Read More

Melissa & Doug
$17.95 at Ebeanstalk

Have a ball with this crab-ilious twist on a classic backyard game. - Set includes: - Two soft balls - Two charming crabby catcher...s - Each mitt has a velcro front surface and an adjustable strap on the back - A great way to teach kids how to have a catch. - Even though they're silly, they are innovative and fun! View all our outdoor toys here! Read More

Party Games

Party games are played with a larger number of participants than a traditional game. They involve lots of interaction within and between teams, and are usually amusing for everyone to watch -- even for non-participants.
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IDEAL
$53.99 at Kmart

Enjoy all the lights, sounds, and thrills of playing this classic arcade speedball game in the comfort of your own home! No quarte...rs required! The Arcade Speedball comes with automatic... Read More

Star Wars Games

Join Luke, Leia, Obi, and Yoda in Star Wars-based board, card, and online games.

Strategy Games

Calculated decisions determine a player’s every move in games like Chess, Risk, and Settlers of Catan.

Travel Games

These miniature, easily portable versions of regular games are perfect for those on the go.

Trivia Games

Trivia games test your knowledge and recall of certain facts. Some concentrate on a specific subject, while others cover a wide swath of topics.
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IDEAL
$18.04 $18.99 at Kohl's

Test your knowledge with this Ideal Bible Trivia game. Product Features: Features questions from the Old and New Testaments Pro...duct Details: Includes: 750 adult questions, 100 children questions, judgment cards, playing pieces, die and game board 10.5"H x 2.5"W x 10.5"D Ages 7 years and up For 2 to 4 players or teams Model no. 0C818 Promotional offers available online at Kohls.com may vary from those offered in Kohl's stores. Read More

Word Games

From crossword puzzles to word-centric board games, these options challenge a player’s ability to use, find, or manipulate letters.
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Target
$13.39 at Target

The wildly popular word game app comes to life in this cool magnetic Words With Friends game! You can hang the metal gameboard on ...a wall, lay it flat or take it with you so you can play anywhere and write scores, player names and other messages on it. Build words with the magnetic tiles to score points in Classic play, the Words With Friends game you already know and love. Or you can try Letter Up play, a brand new version for busy people who share a space and want to play Words With Friends when they're not together! Build on each others' words and score points for the big win. Let the wordie wars begin, whenever and wherever, with this magnetic Words With Friends game! Zynga, and its respective logos are trademarks of Zynga Inc. Copyright 2013 Zynga Inc. All rights reserved. Words With Friends game lets you play on a magnetic game board Tiles stick to the game board 2 ways to play in shared spaces Keep track of scores and players with the dry-erase marker Hang the board on a wall, lean it or take it with you Manufacturer's Suggested Age: 13 Years and UpIncludes: Boards, TilesMaterial: PlasticNumber of Players: 2 PlayersBattery: no battery used Read More

Product Features

There is no single best game, but rather lots of great ones. Consider these game features when searching for the top options that can match your child’s personality, interests, and style of play.

Recommended Age Range

All kids’ games list a recommended age range, which is determined based on the game’s difficulty level and needed skills.

Number of Players

Games will list how many players it can accommodate. Games may be single-player, or require a specific or unlimited number of players.

Game Movement

Kids’ games may use a die, cards, spinner, timer, or other device to progress through the game.

Type of Play

Some games require drawing, writing, or arithmetic skills, while others rely on strategy and decision-making. Still other kids’ games involve physical activities like running, jumping, throwing, or acting.

Game Pieces

From Life’s cars to a chess set’s knights, many games have unique pieces that players move around the board. 

Set-Up

Some games are simple to get ready and can be good to go in a minute, while others are more complicated and require a longer set-up time.

Supplies

Different games require different supplies. Most of the time they are included, but sometimes they are not

Purchase Considerations

Before you select a game for your child, keep in mind these factors to ensure a good fit.

Age Appropriateness

When determining if a game’s content, rules, and materials are appropriate for your child, bear in mind the recommended age range and your kid’s abilities.

Storage

Consider how the game comes packaged, if it’s bulky, and where you’ll be able to store it.

Durability

Age-specific games geared to a toddler or teen audience might not need to last long. But for a classic game that can appeal to any age, consider buying a durable version that will stay with your family for years.

Location of Play

Before you purchase a game, make sure that you have the correct space to use it in. Twister won’t work in the car, for example, while travel chess may be tedious to use in your living room.

Small Pieces

Games with small pieces can be problematic for numerous reasons, from providing potential choking hazards for young children to the increased risk of loss. If you’re buying a game with tiny parts, consider waiting until your kids are old enough to keep track of them or requiring an adult to be present whenever the game is played.

Game Type Variety

While you may be a fan of word or group games, your child may not. Be sure to introduce her to different styles of games so that she can discover her talents, abilities, and interests.
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