This is one of our all-time favorite board games for the whole family. The gameplay is challenging enough that adults don’t get bored, but still straightforward enough that kids can figure it out. Your child will learn strategic thinking and negotiation skills, all while having a blast!
Age Range: 8 and up
Time to Play: 60+ minutes
Number of Players: 3-4; 5-6 with this extension set
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This is one of our all-time favorite board games for the whole family. The gameplay is challenging enough that adults don’t get bored, but still straightforward enough that kids can figure it out.
Your child will learn strategic thinking and negotiation skills, all while having a blast. Forget Monopoly and play Catan instead!
If you’d like to play this game with more than 4 players, you can add on the Catan 5-6 Player Extension here.
Note: The manufacturer says this is for ages 10 and up, but according to several other families (including mine!) most 8-year-olds are ready for this game.
For younger kids, grab the Catan Junior edition here.
From the Manufacturer
In this strategy board game, your adventurous settlers seek to tame the remote but rich isle of Catan. Start by revealing Catan’s many harbors and regions: pastures, fields, mountains, hills, forests, and desert. The random mix creates a different board virtually every game. No two games are the same!
Embark on a quest to settle the isle of Catan. Guide your settlers to victory by clever trading and cunning development. Use resource combinations – grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber – to buy handy development cards and build roads, settlements, and cities. Acquire your resources through trades, cards, or lucky dice (even outside your turn). But beware! Someone might cut off your road or buy a monopoly. And you never know when the wily robber might steal some of your precious gains…
WARNING: Choking Hazard – Contains small parts not suitable for children under 3 years.
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|Dimensions||11.75 × 9.5 × 3.25 in|
8 and up
|Time to Play||
|Number of Players||
3-4; 5-6 with separate extension set
Jennifer Paisley –
Probably one of the best “board games” ever invented. It changes each time you bring it out which forces you to think of different strategies. I would recommend 12 and up.
My husband bought this game about a year ago and began playing with our nine year old son. It looked so complicated that I held off playing at first. There is a bit to remember, but it quickly makes sense to older kids and adults. Racing against each other to gain land and resources quickly brought out my competitive side. I could see playing this as a co-op game to include younger children. I am looking forward to playing this again at our next family game night.
Laura Smith –
CATAN is original, fun, interesting, challenging at times, engaging and, did we say FUN??!?!?! We love it!! We own several versions and love them all! It IS for older children, but we own the junior version too and think that one is great too and it doesn't take very long to play, so kids stay engaged. We love CATAN!!!!
Catan is a family-friendy, strategic game. Buying the expansion pack gives the ability to play at different levels-- scale up or down for all ages. There are lots of different avenues and strategies and ways to win the game, and it teaches kids to adapt to any situation. Our 8-year-old and up enjoy playing.
Becky Kessler –
We love this game. We upgraded with all of the expansion packs and there are more ways to play than you can imagine. For the little kids, we have Catan Junior as well. We love getting together with the neighbors as well to play. Highly recommend this one.
I used a gift card to purchase this game for my own birthday -- we LOVE this game. It works for all ages. So many different strategy opportunities - many learning opportunities. Definitely can see how this will grow and not become boring over time
Catan is by far one of our favorite games to play! My 8 and 6 year old love strategic games, especially Monopoly, but I don’t care much for Monopoly. Enter Catan! This game also reminds me a bit of Oregon Trail, which I really loved playing when I was around their ages.
Super fun and engaging for the whole family during family game night on weekends :)
We LOVE Catan! Best game for the whole family.