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