5 Best Unusual Children's Board Games

In the mood for a tabletop board game, but tired of the same old Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, and Hungry, Hungry Hippos?  Read on for some more imaginative, fun, and best of all, different games to play.

The Sneaky, Snacky Squirrel Game

This is a great game to improve fine motor skills, counting and color matching.  I like that this game has very little by the way of reading, cards, or other finicky bits and bobs.  The game is mostly action, and that really appeals to little kids.  The graphics are adorable, and overall it's a very cute game.

Super Why ABC Letter Game

Designed to increase literacy skills, this game teaches basic letters, sight words, and rhyming.  My six year old daughter needs very little help playing this, but my four year old needs quite a bit more.  This game can take a bit of patience to play, but redeems itself through the educational aspect.  Even as an adult, I can ask my kids for "help" on my turn, creating more cooperative play, as well as getting the kids to do the extra work of learning.


This is a fun memory and color matching game.  The pieces are all wood, and are sized and weighted to just feel good in your hand.  My kids like to play a game of Pengoloo, then spend more time just playing with the pieces, pretending the penguins have babies and jump from iceberg to iceberg.


Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus Game

This game is better for slightly older children, due to the complication of having the pigeon drive opposing players' busses, and because it seems to take a bit longer to play.  My kids are obsessed with busses, so that aspect alone is a pretty big hit with them.  Add in getting to drive their busses to stores, and move a pigeon around as well, and it is quite enjoyable.  I only wish that the pigeon section of the spinner were smaller, that way the game centers more on driving the busses than dealing with the pigeon.


Made by the same company that makes Pengoloo, Chickyboom is a counting game where players take chickens, bails or wagon wheels of a balancing perch.  This is a great game for kids and adults alike, challenging ease of balancing everything versus getting the most points.  Younger kids may get frustrated at how easily it becomes unbalanced, or, like mine, they may relish the "hulk smash" moment.  The pieces are wood and felt, fit nicely in the hand, and are painted in such a way as to brighten anyone's day.

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