Level Up Kid’s Social Skills: 10 Board Games Loved by Experts and Kids That Can Help

Child psychologists and pediatricians have recognized that today's lack of play contributes to children's overall lack of well-being. An increased focus on academic activities, overly structured family, school, and extracurricular schedules have led to less playtime for kids. 

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), playing is a serious business for a child's health and development. Their report, The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children, explains how playing with parents and peers is essential to developing thriving brains and bodies and improving social bonds. 

Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

For five years, it's been the best-selling preschool game for a reason. It's easy to play. Little kids love to spin the spinner and feed their squirrel five different colored acorns. It's a big winner with the four-year-old in our house! While you might be in the lead one minute, you may get a strong breeze next and have to return your acorns and start again.

Candyland

For over 70 years, this adored, easy-to-understand game set within a kids' dreamland of candy has been a go-to for families. While it seems simple, it introduces the concept of rules, turn-taking, following directions, and winning and losing to preschool-aged kids. All the candy-themed elements are a hit with any treat-obsessed kid, too!

Zingo

It's Bingo with a Zing! Fifty million families have purchased this kid's favorite, award-winning Toy of the Year.  Slide the zinger, make a visual match, and fill your picture bingo card to win! We've been playing this game regularly for years in our house, and it's so much fun no one realizes it's teaching reading fundamentals as well.

Richard Scarry’s Busytown, Eye Found It

If you want to introduce your young child to the fun of board games, but they are still getting used to losing, this game is for you. While the game's goal is to move your piece through the board, no one wins until everyone gets to the end. This approach focuses the fun on playing and not necessarily winning, keeping the tears away. 

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