Games With Value – Roundup of Critical Thinking Games by Age

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Games With Value – Roundup of Critical Thinking Games by Age

As the holiday season approaches we start gathering gift ideas for the children in our life. But man it can be hard to pick out gifts. Toys can be expensive, poorly made or just plain useless. And I for one don’t want to spend money on toys that don’t have some kind of value.

So that can make shopping for kids difficult!

However, I have found a plethora of board games that increase critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making. Critical thinking is a skill that needs to be fostered and developed. Unfortunately, our kids aren’t getting as much critical thinking skills in their everyday life or in schools as they used to. So I think we can all agree this is an area that we would like to see increase.

What better way than to teach skills and make it fun!

Below you will find games separated by age according to the manufacturer’s guide.

Age 3+

Age 4+

Age 5+

Age 6+


Age 7+

Age 8+

Age 10+

Age 12+

I hope that these games give you a leg up on your shopping list and in turn help to develop and improve your child’s critical thinking abilities!

God Bless!


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Melissa is a Christian mental health therapist, wife and mommy of two. She works with children, teens, adults, and couples to better manage their distress and hopefully become closer to God in the process.

14 comments on “Games With Value – Roundup of Critical Thinking Games by Age

    • Thank you, Susan. In our society where critical thinking isn’t a focus, it’s good to incorporate it however we can. And as you know, if you can get your kids thinking and learning while having fun they are going to remember the information better. Thank you for stopping by and commenting! God bless!

  1. Our family has “game night” almost every Friday night. We love gathering around the table to play board games. Thank you for sharing a few games I didn’t realize even existed. I think Santa will have to bring a few of these 🙂

    • Board games are such a fun way to interact with our kids. I’m looking forward to expanding our collection as they get older! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! God bless!

    • I’m so glad the roundup was helpful Julie! My children get so many toys from everyone during birthdays and holidays that it would be nice for at least some of them to be beneficial! Learning to think is also not a natural skill, it needs to be developed! Thank you for stopping by and commenting. God bless!

    • Thank you, Alice! One of my favorites from the list was Oregon Trail. We used to play it in one of my classes at school. Thank you for checking out the list and sharing! God bless!

    • They are fun and I enjoy seeing the growth in the kids as they get to understand the strategy! Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

    • I’m excited to get to play some of the more advanced games as my children get older, too! Thank you for stopping by and commenting! God bless!

    • It is fun to see how their brains are developing and growing. As parents when we are able to aid in that process it is so important! Thank you for reading and commenting! God bless!

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