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Board Games for Kids, with a Healthy Twist

These board games for kids encourage activity and promote health and fitness.


Updated November 12, 2013

For your next family game night, try one of these board games for kids (and parents). Many of them will get you up and moving, and others teach important lessons about health, fitness, and nutrition. Some do both—and all are fun to play!

1. Never Land Challenge

Never Land Challenge game
Wonder Forge
This game will appeal to fans of the Disney Junior show "Jake and the Never Land Pirates," but is also fun for kids who aren't familiar with the program. Kids take on physical challenges and work as a team to defeat that famous baddie, Captain Hook.

2. Capture the Gag

Capture the Gag from Rubbing Hands
Rubbing Hands

This hide-and-seek/treasure-hunt combo is versatile, clever, and fun. The "Gags" are two cute critters that can hide almost anywhere, thanks to their built-in suction cups, magnets, clips, and grabbers. Players divide into two teams and each hides one Gag; then they try to find their opponents' Gag first. 

3. Angelina Ballerina Dance with Me Game

Angelina Ballerina Dance with Me Game from Wonder Forge
Wonder Forge
With each spin of the spinner and flip of the card, players create a brand-new ballet routine, learning the moves step by step. No sitting still with this one! The game comes with an audio CD, too. It's recommended for budding ballerinas ages 3 and up.
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4. The Cat in the Hat I Can Do That! Game

The Cat in the Hat - I Can Do That Game
I Can Do That Games

Fans of Dr. Seuss's famous feline will love this charming game, designed for kids ages 4 to 8. Follow the deceptively simple commands to show that you can do what that cat can do. Or can you?

5. Memo Yoga and Yogi Cards

Memo Yoga card matching game
Upside Down Games

These two simple, cleverly illustrated games help introduce young children to basic yoga poses. Game play follows familiar patterns so it's easy to pick up.

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6. The Great Food Race Game

Great Food Race board game
Creative Toy Shop

How much do your kids know about healthy foods and energetic activities? This board game awards points for nutritious meals and active play, so the total tally tells the tale. A healthy diet adds up.

7. Curious George Hide and Seek at the Zoo Game

Curious George Hide and Seek Zoo board game by I Can Do That! Games
I Can Do That! Games

How many other board games for kids come with a walkie-talkie? This one does! Players must listen to the commands issued by the device, then follow up by helping George take care of the animals at the zoo. The active play comes in when the walkie-talkie broadcasts an urgent alert: The animals have escaped. Now your board game becomes hide-and-seek!

8. Jungle Jive

Ravensburger Jungle Jive board game for kids

Believe it or not, this board game boosts your child's balance, flexibility, and coordination. To play, he must hold the game's "amazing egg," then perform the action shown on a playing card. The challenge: Don't wake the baby bird inside the egg!

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9. Dr. Seuss's Super-Stretchy ABC Game

Dr. Seuss Stretchy ABC game
I Can Do That Games

It might be a stretch to call this one a board game, since it's played on the floor like Twister. But it also includes a board that helps determine where kids must place their hands, feet, and ears (yep!) on the alphabet-themed floor mat.

10. FamilyTimeFun Dinner Games

FamilyTimeFun Original Dinner Games
Research draws a link between shared family meals and kids' physical and mental health. Prompt revealing conversations, or contagious giggles, with Original Dinner Games or its sequels, like Gather 'Round Dinner Game or Pizza Night Family Dinner Game.
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