All of our pets may have fur and not feathers, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a vast appreciation for the beauty of our feathered friends. Seeing (or hearing) a new bird during our adventures always leads to joint research to discover what it is and the unique qualities it has. And it always makes me wish I knew more bird species. Luckily, we’ve found an easy (and fun!) way to increase our bird knowledge.
There is a wonderful selection of educational board games about birdsthat you family can play together.
Use this list of bird board games for kids and adults to educate your family about a large variety of birds, habitats, wingspans, nests, and more.
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Board games about birds
This is probably one of my favorite lists of educational board games for families to play because it includes one of my gateway games: Wingspan.
Below is a list of bird board games, some details about them, and some of my favorite aspects (if we’ve played them.) You’ll find bird games for kids, easy bird card games, board games for birders, and more in the list.
BIRD COLLECTING: You are bird enthusiasts - researchers, bird watchers, ornithologists, and collectors - seeking to discover and attract a beautiful and diverse network of birds to your wildlife preserve.
BUILD YOUR ENGINE: Gain food tokens via custom dice in a birdfeeder dice tower, lay eggs using egg miniatures in a variety of colors, draw from hundreds of unique bird cards and play them.
CHAIN ACTIONS: Each bird extends a chain of powerful combinations in one of your habitats.
AWARD WINNER: 2019 winner of the prestigious Kennerspiel des Jahres award, along with many others!
COMPETITIVE: Medium-weight, card-driven board game from designer Elizabeth Hargrave. Includes swift-start pack for first time player guidance.
Not only was Wingspan our “gateway” game into heavier board games, it was also my first solo play. Not gonna lie – solo play for Wingspan is super relaxing to me and that is huge.
If you’re considering getting Wingspan, I highly recommended doing two things: watch the video below (it’s the one we watched to get started) and follow the Quick-Start Guide that comes with it. We were super intimidated by trying a more complex game, but these two things simplified it tremendously!
How easily can kids play? Depends on their attention span, in my opinion. Our daughter (age 4.5) likes to look at the pretty birds, sort eggs, place eggs, hand out food, and use the dice tower – but that’s about it. She’s a great helper, but definitely not in a place to play on her own. We’ve been wanting to try these Wingspan co-operative rules to see if that makes it more fun.
Bird Bingo is a family favorite. It was only of our first purchases for “gameschooling” type games and it has been a huge hit in our house for years. It’s typical bingo, but with birds and more beautiful artwork, that’s accompanied with a book that has information about each bird on the board.
If you’re looking for board games about birds for kids and families, this is the one. We’ve been playing this with our daughter since she was 3ish.
While I would argue that Bird Bingo can easily be used as a memory matching game for birds, this game might be better suited for this if you’re looking for a more compact and dedicated bird matching game.
Match a Pair of Birds is pretty self-explanatory, but one thing to note is that it’s matching a male and female pair of birds. It’s a great way to take a look at the differences between them and encourage further study of the bird.
FUN KIDS GAME: This Don’t Break the Ice game is an exciting preschool game that has players tapping out ice blocks one by one, as they imagine helping Phillip the Penguin make a new igloo
INDOOR GAME FOR AGES 3+: The object of this game for kids is to keep Phillip the Penguin on top of the ice, but as the game goes on, the ice blocks start falling. One wrong block and he'll go ker-plop!
FAMILY GAMES FOR KIDS: Get everyone together for family game night with the Don't Break the Ice game. Players will be on the edge of their seats just waiting for the moment that the penguin falls through
CHILDRENS GAMES MAKE GREAT GIFTS: If you're looking for family gifts or gifts for kids, board games are a great choice
HAVE FUN WITH CLASSIC GAMES: From classic tabletop board games to up-and-active toddler games, to party games, Hasbro Gaming is a one-stop-shop for filling your games closet
COLORFUL PRESCHOOL BALANCING GAME: With this fun game, kids will exercise fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination. Great STEM activity to learn balance, counting with basic additions, and to strengthen social skills. Easy to understand and play - no reading required
HOW TO PLAY: Stack up all the chickens, wagon wheels and hay barrels on the perch and balance it on the roof of the barn. Then remove the pieces one at a time before they lose their balance and the perch topples! Add the point value of each piece collected and get the highest score to win!
KID FRIENDLY: Chickyboom makes the perfect first balancing and counting game with easy to follow instructions for children and parents alike. Help develop a sense of balance, counting skills, strategic thinking, turn-taking, hand-eye coordination, dexterity and fine motor skills with this fun, fast game for kids. For 2-4 players, perfect for ages 4+
This fun wooden balancing game INCLUDES 6 fun chickens, 7 hay bales, 7 wagon wheels, a barn, a perch, simple and kid friendly instructions. Chickyboom makes a great addition to your kindergarten, homeschool, or preschool learning toys and games collection
AWARD WINNER: Chickyboom is part of Blue Orange’s award winning classic, wooden, preschool game collection including Pengoloo, Zimbbos, Gobblet Gobblers, Keekee the Rocking Monkey and Kitty Bitty. Blue Orange offers some of the best board games for kids with games like Dr. Eureka, Fastrack, Kingdomino
FARM FUN: The baby chicks have flown the coop and Mama Hen needs help to bring them back. Spin and count numbers to travel and collect chicks while working together. Gather all the chicks and everyone wins!
COOPERATIVE COUNTING: Remove competitive stress, empower young learners and teach kids that playing together can be fun! A counting game to help kids learn at a young age how easy it is to cooperate!
EDUCATIONAL GAME: Cooperative games cultivate emotional development, shared decision making, positive self esteem, creative problem solving and develop a sense of community in a non-stressful play environment.
WHO CAN PLAY: Count your Chickens was designed for 2-4 players ages 3 and older. This game includes 1 game board, 1 mother hen with stand, 40 baby chick markers, 1 spinner and instructions. Game play is approximately 15 minutes.
AWARD WINNING: Count Your Chickens is a mult-award winning game including the Creative Child Magazine Game of the Year Award, Major Fun Award, and the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award.
HURRY LITTLE OWLS: In this color coordinated matching game, players cooperate to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. Help all the owls home before sunrise and everyone wins!
LEARNING AND GROWING: Kids learn simple strategy, following directions & taking turns. Two levels of play allow the game to grow with your child and lets older kids play with younger ones too.
BENEFITS: Cooperative games cultivate emotional development, shared decision making, positive self esteem, creative problem solving, and develop a sense of community in a non-stressful play environment.
HOW TO PLAY: Play a color card and fly to that space. Draw a sun card and you're one step closer to daylight. Players can move any owl on their turn and talk together about how to get owls home & win.
WHO CAN PLAY: 2-4 Players. Recommended for Ages 4-8. Game includes 1 game board, 6 owl tokens, 1 sun token, 14 sun cards, 36 color cards and instructions for two versions of game play