Printable Board Games for Children

Updated April 17, 2017

Board games are incredibly easy to create online. Now you don't need to play the same board games over and over again, but can design new ones for each lesson or play time. Whether you use them in school or for family game night, you'll keep kids anticipating game time. They'll never be bored with these board games.

Colours and Shapes

Play this game, from Tools for Educators, with young children to help them learn the names of colours and shapes. Customise the board by placing specific shapes and colours on it, filling the entire board or only some spaces. Have kids state the name of any colour or shape they land on, or move back a space.

Cross the River

In this game, from the Education web site, players try to be the first to move their Mr. Frog across the river. Each stepping stone counts as one space. Kids simply roll the dice and move their pieces across, and then colour the picture when they're finished.

Math Board Game

In this game from Dr. Mike's Math Games for Kids, players move their pieces from the centre of the board to the corners by solving math problems. A player draws four cards with numbers and operations symbols on them, and uses them to create a formula with a result that equals one of the cards his piece is positioned beside, as the website describes. See Math Sphere for more math board games.


Tools for Educators offers games that help kids to practice their knowledge of verbs, adjectives, prepositions, and other parts of speech. You select pictures that portray different actions on the online board game generator, and then print the game. ESL students will benefit from these games, as will young native speakers of English.


This game, from ESL Games World, is extremely versatile, as the web site says. You can create your own rules, since the board is formatted as a grid, and pieces can thus move in any direction your rules allow. As players move across the board, they use the words in the spaces they land on in sentences, as described.


Use coins for your game pieces, or borrow the pieces from another board game. Use a gluestick or tape to fix the game to a piece of cardboard if you want to use it in the future or need to create a hard surface.

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Melanie J. Martin specializes in environmental issues and sustainable living. Her work has appeared in venues such as the Environmental News Network, "Ocean" magazine and "GREEN Retailer." Martin holds a Master of Arts in English.