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26 Best Board Games to Help Developing 5 Year Olds

Children can develop a whole range of skills from playing games, such as memory, social, fine motor and some of the 5 year old’s games on this list even help them learn to take turns, count, read and spell – so take a look and see which take your fancy.

We’ve written this list full of exciting and educational 5 year old's games which they are sure to enjoy, so have a read!

Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

Learning Resources Sum Swamp Game

Wind your way through the swampy land, and to the end of this Sum Swap board game by adding and subtracting the numbers you throw on the dice – the first to the end is the winner. You’ll also encounter shortcuts but watch out for those snappy crocodiles and slippery snakes!

$14.49


Emo Moogy The Emotions Board Game

Emo Moogy The Emotions Board Game

Help your little one learn all about their emotions and feelings and how to understand others’, with this 5 year old’s game; Emo Moogy by Miniland. With this game they will find out the names of the emotions they may have been feeling, which helps to develop their communication and social skills.

$13.28


Educational Insights Bunny Hop Game

Educational Insights Bunny Hop Game

Have a hopping adventure with this Bunny Hop Game from Educational Insights. This fast-action game will keep children on their toes as they have to pretend to be a farmer and defend their crops by memorizing where their matching colored bunnies are popping up – but will they be fast enough to catch them?

$28.36


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin & Seek ABC Game

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin & Seek ABC Game

Learning their ABCs is as easy as 1-2-3 with The Very Hungry Caterpillar Spin & Seek Game. Players have to choose a playing piece that they’ll move around the board by using the spinner, which tells them which case letter they need to look for. Learning will be lots of fun with this exciting game.

$9.97


Monkey Math

Monkey Math

By helping the cheeky monkey balance his huge stash of delicious bananas, kids have to use their math skills by counting how many bananas are in the bunch and then match the amount in his other hand – you know when the sums have added up correctly as he will then look straight ahead.

$12.65


Let's Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

Let's Feed The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game

This Briarpatch board game is also based upon the classic, much loved book; The Very Hungry Caterpillar – which we’re sure is one of the most read bedtime books by parents, ever. The aim of this game is to transform your colorful 3D caterpillars into beautiful butterflies by collecting, building and counting.

$20.46


Educational Insights Pancake Pile-Up! Relay Game

Educational Insights Pancake Pile-Up! Relay Game

Players have to pile up their plates as fast as they can with these delicious looking pancakes, BUT they have to be precise and match the order cards exactly! The first player to finish a correct stack and top it off with a pat of butter, is the winner – woohoo.

$13.58


Educational Insights Frida's Fruit Fiesta Game

Educational Insights Frida's Fruit Fiesta Game

Children will develop a range of skills by playing this seriously fun Frida’s Fruit Fiesta Game – they have to spin the spinners to see which letters of the alphabet they need to pick up with the Frida Squeezer and put onto their boards, the first to complete a full line on their board is the winner!

$20.99

Star Right Self-Correcting Spelling Puzzle

Star Right Self-Correcting Spelling Puzzle

Embark on the learning-to-spell journey with this game. This game has 26 puzzle sets that your child has to fit together to spell out the words and match the pictures properly. Parents don’t need to interfere too much with it, as it’s self-correcting, so give them some time and they’ll figure it all out.

Prices Vary


Educational Insights Royal Roundup

Educational Insights Royal Roundup

Oh no – the castle is under siege! It’s up to you to take on the challenge, become the knight in shining armor, and save everyone and the precious treasures inside it. Players have to choose the path they wish to take, and use their math skills to gain the highest valued treasure tokens.

Prices Vary


The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game

Help that hungry little squirrel gather up all of his yummy acorns for the winter, with this Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game. Players have to use the funny squirrel squeezer to pick up their matching colored acorns and fill up their logs – the first to do so is the triumphant winner.

$13.99


Boggle Junior Game

Boggle Junior Game

Introduce them to their ABC’s and begin to learn to spell with this cool Boggle Junior Game. This a brilliant 5 year old’s game as they’re just beginning to understand the alphabet and so this game will help them learn all about it in a fun and engaging way.

$14.99


Educational Insights Crazy Cereal Electronic Game

Educational Insights Crazy Cereal Electronic Game

Anyone hungry for some cereal? 2 players have to think quickly, and use the light-up spoons to fill their bowls, but they have to keep an eye on the lights as they change color – the aim of the game is to pick up the cereal which matches, and the player with the most food, wins.

$25.43


Blue Orange Games Pengoloo

Blue Orange Games Pengoloo

Pengoloo is an award winning, skill building game that kids will love. The aim of this game is for children to fill their icebergs with the penguins; they do that by rolling the dice and matching its color with the eggs hiding under them. This game builds important memory and color-recognition skills.

$17.24


Educational Insights Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game

Educational Insights Hoppy Floppy's Happy Hunt Game

Hoppy Floppy is feeling hungry, so he’s on the hunt for some crunchy carrots, but he needs your help. Players have to take turns spinning the spinner and finding which color carrots they have to pick up with the Hoppy Floppy squeezer to fill their baskets with – the winner is the one with the most.

$17.83


Educational Insights Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game

Educational Insights Frankie's Food Truck Fiasco Game

Education Insights bring you another of their awesome games; Frankie’s Food Truck Fiasco!. Place your orders by spinning the spinner and and use the fun Frankie Squeezer to pick up the matching yummy foods to fill your table, but you need to watch out for the hungry guests and buzzing flies, ew.

$21.99


Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game

Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game

Help them develop their fine motor, counting and strategic thinking skills with this fun Shelby’s Snack Shack Game. Players have to fill their bowls with tasty bones by spinning the spinners to find out how many they have to dig up with the squeezy Shelby. The player who has the most bones, wins!

$14.70


Yeti in My Spaghetti

Yeti in My Spaghetti

You need to get those thinking caps on for this game; Yeti in My Spaghetti. Kids have to figure out which of the wiggly pieces of pasta they can slowly pull out from underneath the hungry yeti – making sure not to let him fall into the bowl. The less pieces, the harder the game gets.

$9.66


I SPY Eagle Eye Game

I SPY Eagle Eye Game

Play i-spy with your eagle eye with this game. Amongst the game boards there are many hidden objects that match the cards which you all have to find; when you find them you ring the bell – ting! Whoever has spotted the most hidden objects, wins the game – hoorah.

$14.97


Clumsy Thief Game

Clumsy Thief Game

Get those counting skills up to scratch with the Clumsy Thief game. Players have to think strategically with this money counting game by stacking the money in the middle, but they each have hidden weapons – the clumsy thief, who they can use at any time. The first player to ‘steal’ $100 wins.

$15.97


Educational Insights Koala Capers Game

Educational Insights Koala Capers Game

Koala Capers is the fun pattern matching dressing-up game. The players each have a silly koala who’s just in his underpants and needs to dress just like the big koala. Players have to use their memories and skills, but they need to watch out for those pesky underpants which may ‘wrinkle’ those plans.

$15.38


Snug as a Bug in a Rug Game

Snug as a Bug in a Rug Game

Kids have to work together to use their counting and color-matching skills to find all of the matching bugs, and slip them under the rug before those horrible stinker bugs come along. The game has 3 levels of play, so you can make it increasingly harder – or easier depending on who’s playing.

$35.00


Educational Insights Raccoon Rumpus Game

Educational Insights Raccoon Rumpus Game

This 5 year old’s game is absolutely crazy – the wardrobes have been raided and players have to dress those naughty raccoons up in the pictured outfits. They need to roll the dice to create an outfit, although if they roll a pair of funny underwear, they lose all of their costumes, so watch out!

$11.99


ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game

ThinkFun Zingo Sight Words Early Reading Game

Gather the kids and have a ball with this word/reading version of bingo; Zingo. Build those early reading skills with these essential words that they’ll soon recognize by playing this game – they have to slide the zinger, match the words, and fill their zingo cards up to win.

$21.99


Gobblet Gobblers

Gobblet Gobblers

Just like Tic Tac Toe, only way more fun; Blue Orange bring you Gobblet Gobblers. Like the original game you have to make a full line to win, however, in a super fun twist, with Gobblet Gobblers you can eat your opponent, but only if you have a bigger piece. This game brings lots of laughs.

$23.03


Little Treasures Matching Letter Game

Little Treasures Matching Letter Game

The aim of this game is to use the letter blocks to spell out the name of the pictured object. With this fun yet educational game, they’re being introduced to letter and word recognition and with the amusing challenge of spelling the words over and over again, they’ll be reading and spelling in no time.

$17.99

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