20 Best Board Games For 8 Year Olds In 2022

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We absolutely love board games and these are the best board games for 8 year olds.

As we homeschool, board games have become one of our favorite activities. They are not only fun, but they are educational as well. Pretty much every board game we have listed has at least some educational value. If you are looking for educational board games check out over 40 that we play and love.

If you are looking for Christmas board games check out our favorites in our recent blog post.

The best board games for 8 year old kids

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Board Games For 8 Year Olds

Check out our absolute favorite board games that your 8 year old is going to love. Some of these are strategy games, some are educational, and they are all lots of fun!

Favorite Board Games for 8 Year Olds

Igloo Mania Game

The aim of Igloo Mania is to get Parka Pete to remain in place, the game is over as soon as he is knocked down and the loser is the person with the most ice blocks (normally the one who knocks Parka Pete down!). There are penguins with picks that are used to gently remove each ice block and you take it in turns to take one block out. Hoping no more fall outside of the dome, because if they do they are added to your pile. The age of this is 5+ and is suitable for 2-4 players. Check out our Igloo Mania review here.

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Cobra Paw Game

Cobra Paw is a really fast and funny game for the whole family. The recommended age is 6+ but I am sure younger children will also love it. It is all about speed and ninja-style moves! Check out our Cobra Paw game review now.

Cobra Paw Game Review

Ghost Blitz

Ghost Blitz is a fantastic board game that we continue to play years later, it is great for kids and adults of all ages. Interestingly though we have found the younger the player the faster their reflexes are! Check out our detailed Ghost Blitz review here for more information, but we really love it.

Geistes Blitz / Ghost Blitz Game Review


Once you have imitated the emotion on your card to the other players, they must try to guess which emotion you were trying to channel. The first player to make five rounds around the game board wins! Emojito is a great fun game to play for all of the family. This is probably our favorite board game (check out our Emojito review here) for 8 year olds.

Emojito Game Review

Pandemic Board Game

Pandemic is a strategic board game, that is so much fun. Check out our detailed Pandemic board game review for more information about this fantastic game.

Pandemic Board Game Review

Ticket To Ride

Ticket to Ride is a great family game. Travel around America connecting railway routes on the way. Check out our detailed Ticket to Ride review for more information, but this is a family favorite.

Playing Ticket to Ride

Set Game

Set the family game of visual perception is a great board game for 8 year olds. Grab your copy of Set game here and have fun with the kids. This is a game that can be played as a one player game for kids too.

SET the family game of visual perception #boardgames

Dynamite Dare Game

Diffuse or lose! a wacky wild west game where players try to diffuse the dynamite and save the gold. Includes a fun safe, just stack the red foam dynamite in the back, wind up the timer and start the game. The clock is ticking – time to get picking! which detonator plugs will diffuse the dynamite? Push the plugs as fast as you can but watch out – choose the wrong one or take too long and the dynamite explodes! can you get the gold and win the game? Push the correct Plug and the timer pops out of the front of the safe and you win the game. Check out our Dynamite Dare game detailed review here.

Dynamite Dare Game. Best board games 8 year olds


This is an amazing educational board game based on the periodic table of elements. It combines science, English, and Maths into this excellent educational game that is fun for all the family. For some reason this is not yet available in the USA, however, I have listed a similar game called Periodic that looks just as fun. Get your copy of Frenetic here. Check out our detailed Frenetic game review here.

Frenetic - The Best Educational Board Game on the Market

Safe Breaker

Freddie is going through wanting to be a Spy phase, so this is a perfect game, check out our Safe Breaker review for more information. The aim of Safe Breaker is to crack open the safe and release the coins before the alarm goes off. This is suitable for people aged between 6 and 106. Now I’m 40 and hubby is 50 and we loved it, I can’t testify to a 106 year old though!!!

Safe Breaker Game Review - board games 8 year olds

Bang On Game

Bang On is another of our favorite new best board games for 8 year olds. There are 99 question cards, 1 challenge card, 2 playing pieces, bang-on the unit and a hammer inside the box. This is a team game really but can be played with just 2 people as myself and Freddie did. You have to name as many answers as you can before the time runs out. Check out our Bang on game review for more information.

Bang on Review

Big Beard Battle Game

Snip, SNIP and win by growing the longest beard. Big beard battle will test your memory as well as your beard growing skills. Put on your mustache and flip the spinner to collect your beard cards. Use your memory to turn over the correct color and easily affix it to your beard.

But beware, if your opponents spin the scissors or shaver they can choose a player to SNIP or shave their beard off! if a player spins the shaving foam, hurry as all players get a chance to touch one of their own cards and win that round. The first player to add four beard pieces to their beard wins the board game! Great family fun with hilarious game play! Check out our detailed Big Beard Battle review here.

Big Beard Battle Review - board games 8 year olds

 Pandemonio Game

This is a quick-fire card trading board game from Drumond Park for up to 8 people for ages 8+. It is a loud, funny, and raucous game with 2 levels for all skill and age groups. The idea of the game is to get all the way up the board, which you can only do when you collect as many of the correct cards as possible. This is harder than it sounds as you collect cards that are facing down!

Each turn you must swap as many cards as you can and in order to move up the board you need to have collected the card that matches the square you are on (bike, planes, false teeth etc). You only have until Wind Up Colin grinds to a halt though, so it really is frantic. Board games don’t get much better than this! This is a perfect board game for 8 year olds.

Pandemonio Game - board games 8 year olds

Staccups Game

Staccups certainly gets the competitive juices flowing, well certainly in our household! It is a very simple board game. You have to stack the cups on your side as quickly as you can in the correct color order. The winner is the first person to have stacked up all of their cups. Check out our Staccups review here.

Staccups Board Game

Educational Games For 8 Year Olds

Check out our top 20 favorite math board games, and our top 20 history board games for even more educational games.

Osmo Coding Jam

There is a constant battle in our house with Freddie insisting on playing on computer games, and me insisting that he either reads or plays more educational games. I am sure (well I hope!) we are not the only 2018 household in this situation. As Freddie wants to be a rock star when he grows up, this is a great educational game for him. It is all about having fun while getting the kids into coding and programming. Check out our Osmo coding review.

Osmo Coding Jam - Teaching kids coding and programming in a fun way. #ipad #stem #coding #programmig

Play Osmo – Coding with Awbie

Osmo is a magical, award-winning game system that encourages creativity and problem-solving skill development for kids through hands-on play. Osmo Coding makes coding more fun and approachable! Kids navigate the character Awbie through his magical world and learn real programming concepts by linking Osmo Coding blocks into sequences, loops, and ‘if/or’ actions. Thinking and problem-solving skills are rewarded with fun stuff like strawberries and pies and new adventures. Kids learn coding fundamentals and have fun at the “berry” same time!

Teaching children coding and programming with IPad. Osmo Coding with Awbie Review

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Last Updated on 20 September 2022 by homeschoolof1


  1. We love board games, and there are several on here we’ve not tried before. Love the look of the beard game! Thanks for joining in with #KidsandKreativity, I hope you come back next time x

  2. I can’t quite believe that I have yet to hear about any of these games. *Wonders to self… where have I been!! I especially love the coding ones. At the moment, the button house is hooked on Monopoly. There’s nothing like a bit of family board game time to get everyone exciting. Thanks for joining us for the #DreamTeam xx

    1. Yes Freddie loves monopoly too actually, although it can go on forever!!! Haha! I really recommend both Osmo (Fred loves it as he is playing, but its really educational) and Emojito is just hysterical

  3. Great list of games. Looking forward to playing more games with my two when they are a little older.

  4. Ooh we love a good board game in our house! We buy lots from charity shops and car boot fairs. There are quite a few her which are new to us. I think my boys would really like the Safe Breaker game.

    1. That is such a great idea, I had never even thought of doing that before. And yes Safe Breaker is lots of fun 🙂

  5. We haven’t played any of these, my daughter would love the Osmo coding apps and the Emoji game!

    1. Osmo coding is great fun, and educational too. Emojito is our favourite it is just so funny and can be played by all.

  6. I haven’t come across any of these games! Hubby and I love playing board games and, at 7 years old, my oldest daughter is just starting to really get into them. Emojito one sounds great – a fab way to help children learn to express themselves a bit and label their emotions. And the spy one looks really interesting. Thanks for sharing. #ablogginggoodtime

    1. Emojito was excellent, we played it alot at Christmas with Freddies grandparents, that was the funniest thing!!

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