10 of the best video games for children aged 5–8 (2022)

When picking a game for your 5-to 8-year-old child, look for the PEGI rating on the front, which will tell you the age range it’s aimed at based on its content and level of violence.

All the games on our list have been rigorously tested by the MFM team, toy experts and, most importantly, mini gamers just like yours. The following games have been given the seal of approval by our crack team, so dive in and get playing…

Here's our pick of the best video games for kids aged 5-8...

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1. The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, £24.99 – best for playing as a team

Age: 7+
Format: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

What it is: For many years LEGO games have given parents and children the chance to dive into popular franchises, from Jurassic Park and The Incredibles to Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. The latest to hit the shelves is The Lego Movie 2 Videogame, released to accompany the film and it loosely follows the movie’s plot. Gamers can play as over 100 different characters to solve problems and build objects. There are themes of teamwork and friendship woven into the game.

Why we love it: It’s a great starting point to get children interested in games as the characters are easy to control and frankly it’s fun to make them run around, bash stuff and collect coins! Kids love the chance to play as a number of different characters and there’s something to appeal in the gameplay for all ages – while playing co-op (where players can work together as teammates), younger children can run around and collect coins while occasionally helping older players solve problems and older children can take on the challenges themselves.

The game encourages creativity and players to use their building skills to overcome obstacles, plus it’s one of the better-value games on our list – a bargain considering the sheer potential for play. If you enjoy gaming as a parent, the LEGO collection is the perfect way to get the whole family involved.

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Available from: Amazon, Game and Argos

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2. Paw Patrol: On a Roll, £29.99 – best for TV fans

Age: 3-6

Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Video Game – Gold

Format: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

What it is: The first ever Paw Patrol game to be made, this is a brilliant extension of the TV show for gamers – players step into the beautifully recreated Adventure Bay and embark on 16 adventures across 8 different locations and there are a number of micro-games, too. Collect pup treats and play as Ryder and all 8 of the Paw Patrol characters.

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Why we love it: When playing our Video Game Gold award winner, kids are enchanted by the experience of stepping further into the Paw Patrol world and going beyond their TV screens. Our testers enjoyed playing as each famous pup and the adventures were an achievable challenge for even the youngest of players, although older gamers may lose interest quicker.

It’s only a one-player game and some testers felt it would have been great to have a 2-player option, like some of the other great co-op games on our list, Lego Movie 2 Videogame and Yoshi’s Crafted World. It’s a lovely family-friendly game, though, that held the attention of children for a long time and kept them smiling. MFM tester, Jasmin, mum to Mckenzie, 9, says: “It’s exactly like the TV show and my son loved being part of the story – he was interested and excited the whole time he was playing.”

Available from: Game, Amazon and Argos

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3. Dragons: Dawn of New Riders, £29.99 – best for a challenge

Age: 5-12
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Video Game – Silver
Format: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

What it is: An action adventure video game set in the How To Train Your Dragon universe. It includes new characters – Scribbler the scholar and Patch the Chimeragon – and some fresh locations as well as favourite places from the movies. Players solve puzzles, conquer obstacles and fly to new islands.

Why we love it: It has beautiful visuals and has received rave reviews from both dedicated gamers and entry-level players. How to Train Your Dragon fans are a meticulous bunch and they all agree that the game is a striking representation of the movie’s interesting scenery and the accompanying story runs alongside it well.

Some of the adventures can be slightly tricky for younger players, who might need help from parents to continue, so it’s a good one to play together. MFM tester Yvette, mum to Charlie, 9, says: “Once he got into it, Charlie seemed to really enjoy it. He liked the graphics and saving the dragons and enjoyed it when Patch the dragon was able to fly (he found it much easier from this point). Charlie will still have lots more hours of fun with this game.”

Available from: Amazon, Game and Smyths Toys

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4. Crayola Scoot, £34.99 – best for multiplayer battles / family fun

Age: 7-15
Awards: MadeForMums Toy Awards 2019 Best Video Game – Bronze
Format: PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch

What it is: An extreme sports game that seamlessly merges children’s love of scooters and making a mess! Create your own Crayola Scoot character, then perform tricks and jumps to splash colour, activate traps, boosts and shortcuts. Splat friends with the 4-player split-screen battle option.

Why we love it: Scooter jumping and Crayola seems like a strange combination on paper but this rainbow-bright game just works. Testers enjoyed the challenge of mastering tricks and splattering the surrounding surfaces with paint was a bonus. It’s certainly an explosion of colour and our little gamers were captivated by the vibrancy that filled the screen.

Jasmine, mum to Kaidyn-lee, 4, says: “We will definitely play this as a family game on the weekends as the multi-player mode is great and very competitive.”

There aren’t as many challenges and things to do in this game, compared to some of the story-based games, like Dragons: Dawn of New Riders, but the option for scooter battles in 4-player split-screen mode is a big plus. Unlike many other 1-player games on our list, this adds a social element and a dash of competition.

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Available from: Amazon, Game and PlayStation

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5. Super Mario Odyssey, £49.99 – best for parent nostalgia

Age: 7+
Format: Nintendo Switch

What it is: A 3D platform game that sees Mario and his talking hat, Cappy, fight to save Princess Peach, kidnapped by Bowser. The game is a series of open-ended worlds complete with jumping challenges and puzzles, in which Mario collects rewards – Power Moons – to charge up his ship to explore more worlds.

Why we love it: Super Mario has a special place in the hearts of many a parent and the gameplay and visuals of Super Mario Odyssey feel warmly familiar yet honed for a younger, more tech-savvy audience.

We really rate the Assist Mode, in which Mario’s health doubles, it’s difficult to die and a marker leads you to an objective – it helps focus younger players to complete the task at hand. Even smaller players can also play as Cappy in co-op mode while another more experienced player can take Mario.

Children love the fun of being Cappy, jumping high and collecting Power Moons. The game nods to all those that came before it but it feels fresh and new.

It’s difficult enough to be a challenge for most 7-year-olds, much like Dragons: Dawn of New Riders, but it has options for parents to step in, which is a great feature.

Available from: Amazon, Game and Argos

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6. Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, £49.99 – best for racing

Age: 3+
Format: Nintendo Switch

What it is: A go-kart-style racing game with major nostalgic charm – it was first released 27 years ago and has come a long way since then. Race on your own or with friends – up to 8 players can connect – and there are 48 brilliant tracks to drive on. Players drive over items like mushrooms for a speed boost and can scupper another racer’s chance of winning by throwing banana peels and shells.

Why we love it: Fact: all kids love racing car games and if there’s ever one to get them started on, it has to be Mario Kart. Racing friends and zooming Mario cars is a beloved memory from many a childhood and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the biggest and best incarnation yet.

It has all the bells and whistles you want it to – up to 8 players can play, a range of excellent tracks and many new elements like anti-gravity racing, 200cc mode and HD graphics.

You do pay for these extras though and it’s one of the priciest on our list. Like the Paw Patrol On a Roll game, it’s brilliant for younger players, but the potential for fun has no age limit in this game and many adults will find themselves as hooked as their children!

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Available from: Nintendo, Currys and Amazon

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7. Minecraft, £24.99 – best for long-term play

Age: 7+
Format: PC, Xbox, PS4, mobile, Nintendo Switch

What it is: It’s an open-world building-block game – imagine a limitless supply of Lego where the options for creation are endless. Players have an avatar and can create anything they like from textured cubes. There are no structured tasks to complete and players are encouraged to roam free, with the only responsibility to feed their avatar, build shelter and ward off enemies – or, parents can set the game to ‘peaceful’ mode, so no monsters are encountered. There are two main game modes, Survival and Creative.

Why we love it: A worldwide sensation, the Minecraft phenomenon has captured the imaginations of children for the past 10 years and its popularity shows no signs of slowing.

It’s a game with many positives – it encourages creativity on an epic scale, teamwork, geometry skills, problem-solving and parents and friends can get involved and play, too. It’s even being used as a teaching aid in some UK schools.

One of the best things about Minecraft is it evolves with the child – while they may begin playing just by wandering around the scenery, as they get older and more familiar, they can create elaborate worlds. One of the most popular games in the world, it pushes kids to their creative limit and there’s not much else like it.

Available from: Minecraft, Amazon and Argos

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8. Rocket League, from £19.99 – best for value

Age: 3+
Format: PS4, Xbox One

What it is: A compelling combination of rocket-powered cars and football that enthrals from start to finish. The aim of the game is to drive your car around and get the ball in the back of the net – simple, right?

Why we love it: It appeals to all ages and the escapades you can get yourself into during a rocket-powered car game of football are hilarious for everyone involved! Younger kids will love blasting the cars around without much regard for the game, while older children who can master the controls will enjoy the thrill of beating opponents as it offers a 4-player split-screen.

The concept is deliciously simple, but therein lies its charm – it’s really easy to pick up and play and the high-octane fun of flying cars and shooting balls never gets old.

Slightly similar to Mario Kart 8 Deluxe in that you have a car to control, it doesn’t have the same play potential, but it is the cheapest on our list and the fun of this football reimagining is undeniable.

Available from: Game, Amazon and Argos

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9. Just Dance 2019, from £25.99 – best for getting kids moving

Age: 3+
Format: Wii, Wii U, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, Nintendo Switch

What it is: A hugely popular musical game franchise first released in 2009, it’s back with 40 new tracks to dance to. Players mirror the movements of the dancers on the screen, scoring points based on how well the moves are matched.

Why we love it: Unlike all other games on our list, and many on the market, Just Dance actually gets children moving. The new selection of songs, featuring Bruno Mars, Ariana Grande, David Guetta and many other popular stars, really bring the party to your living room and kids love the challenge of getting the moves right.

The Kids Mode was a genius addition to the 2018 game, and it’s been included in 2019’s version, too – songs and movements are adapted and the game’s scoring system is replaced with words like ‘Yay’ and ‘Wow’ and rainbow stars are given out.

It’s a positive and supportive interface that encourages kids get moving – what’s not to love?

Available from: Amazon, Game and Ubisoft

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10. Yoshi’s Crafted World, £49.99 – best for young players

Age: 3+
Format: Nintendo Switch

What it is: An easy-to-play, cutesy 2D platform game that stars Yoshi as its protagonist, making his way through the Yoshi universe, a whimsical wonderland made of discarded household items. You can leap high, gulp down enemies, find collectibles and complete easy tasks.

Why we love it: The charm of this game is in the adorable environment in which you play, perfect for younger players – it’s a whimsical scene with bouncy floors, ramps made from folded cardboard, roads marked with chalk, sunshine-bright colours and adorable Yoshi – it’s a lovely aesthetic that embodies a crafty vibe.

Gameplay is straightforward and unchallenging – exactly what you’d expect for one aimed at 3+ and sits alongside Paw Patrol and Mario Kart for an entry-level gaming experience.

There’s a slow pace and little risk of death and other players can jump in with co-op mode if things do get tricky. It’s one of the most expensive on our list, but this is a treasure of a game that will enchant little players.

Available from: Currys, Amazon and Nintendo

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What video games do 5 year olds like? ›

Which video game is best for 8 year old? ›

The Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is our top pick because everyone in the family can enjoy this classic character and his friends. Parents will appreciate the joy of playing with all their Mario Kart fan-favorite characters while kids will love the excitement of the game.

Are video games good for 5 year old? ›

Video games are good for helping children develop problem-solving skills. They aren't lazy as previous research has suggested. Video games can strengthen your child's cognitive skills. They can improve your child's capacity to think in three-dimensional ways.

What is the #1 video game right now? ›

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Is Minecraft good for 5-year-olds? ›

What is the right age to start playing Minecraft? Because of its complexity, potential for mild violence, and online community, we recommend Minecraft for kids age 8 and up.

What should 5-year-olds be learning? ›

At this age, your child might also:
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Is Roblox good for kids? ›

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What video games do 10 year olds like? ›

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Are video games helpful or harmful? ›

It's true that some studies have shown certain video games can improve hand–eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and the mind's ability to process information. But too much video game playing may cause problems. It's hard to get enough active play and exercise if you're always inside playing video games.

What are benefits of video games? ›

However, the benefits of videogames include improved powers of concentration, creativity, memory, languages and teamwork. Videogames can make it easier to learn educational contents and develop cognitive skills.

What do 6 8 year olds like to play? ›

Enjoy large-muscle activities like jump rope, bike riding, roller blading, ball games and hopscotch. Also enjoy fine motor activities like drawing, braiding, cutting, jigsaw puzzles, weaving, wood work and simple sewing. Make use of reading, writing and simple math in games and toys.

What is the best game for a 7 year old boy? ›

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What is Roblox age limit? ›

The Roblox app has a rating of 'Everyone 10+' on Google Play Store and 12+ on the Apple App Store. The platform's Terms of Use say that users under the age of 18 require parental consent to use the services.

What age is Fortnite OK for? ›

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Its peaceful music and vibrant graphics put it far away from anything scary. True, there are moments of danger within the game, but most probably wouldn't consider it scary. However, something spooky does appear to be on the way.

Are video games good for 6 year old? ›

It's good to set video game time limits by age. For kids over the age of 6, the American Academy of Pediatrics says no more than 60 minutes on school days and 2 hours on non-school days. Kids under 6 should spend closer to 30 minutes.

Is Roblox safe right now? ›

Roblox is still safe for kids to play in 2022. There are a healthy amount of settings to add restrictions. Many of the games are appropriate for most ages; especially the most played Roblox games in 2021. With that said, it's essential to have a chat with your child about the various caveats.

When should kids start playing video games? ›

But generally, for kids between two to five years, the recommendation is just one hour of "high quality" media (including video games) a day with side-by-side supervision. "Over the age of six, it's very open," she says.

Is Mario Odyssey good for a 5 year old? ›

Great for all ages

This game has an assist mode which makes it much easier for younger kids to pick up and learn.

Is Roblox good for kids? ›

There is no official age that kids can play Roblox, but Common Sense Media rates the platform safe for users 13+ "based on continuing challenges with problematic content.

Are video games good for 4 year olds? ›

Put clear limits on your child's gaming.

The group recommends even lower limits of under 1 hour of total screentime per day for children under 6 years old, and they encourage parents to determine the appropriate amount of time for video games and other electronic media use for children over the age of 6.

What are the benefits of video games? ›

The most notable positive effects of gaming include:
  • Improved cognitive abilities.
  • Improved problem-solving skills and logic.
  • Increased hand-to-eye coordination.
  • Greater multi-tasking ability.
  • Faster and more accurate decision-making.
  • Enhanced prosocial behaviors.
  • Better eyesight (attention to detail)

What are the effects of video games on kids? ›

Spending excessive time playing these games can lead to:
  • Less time socializing with friends and family.
  • Poor social skills.
  • Time away from family time, school work, and other hobbies.
  • Lower grades.
  • Less reading.
  • Less exercise and becoming overweight.
  • Decreased sleep and poor quality sleep.
  • Aggressive thoughts and behaviors.

Are video games good or bad? ›

It's true that some studies have shown certain video games can improve hand–eye coordination, problem-solving skills, and the mind's ability to process information. But too much video game playing may cause problems. It's hard to get enough active play and exercise if you're always inside playing video games.

Is a Switch good for a 5 year old? ›

It's possible for a child as young as three or four to be able to play a Nintendo Switch, whereas an older child, about six or seven, could possibly handle having their own Switch Lite system.

Is Minecraft good for 4 year olds? ›

What is the right age to start playing Minecraft? Because of its complexity, potential for mild violence, and online community, we recommend Minecraft for kids age 8 and up.

What are kids playing right now? ›

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What is Minecraft age limit? ›

According to the 'Entertaining Software Rating Board' (ESRB), Minecraft is suitable for users aged 10+. Due to its 'Fantasy Violence,' the ESRB states that this rating has been given as 'players can engage in violent acts such as setting animals on fire and harming them with weapons.

How old is Roblox owner? ›

David Baszucki (born January 20, 1963 (1963-01-20) [age 59]), also known as builderman, is a Canadian American entrepreneur and co-founder of the gaming company Roblox.

What is Roblox age limit? ›

The Roblox app has a rating of 'Everyone 10+' on Google Play Store and 12+ on the Apple App Store. The platform's Terms of Use say that users under the age of 18 require parental consent to use the services.

Do video games have positive effects? ›

Past research involving children found that those who played more video games were more likely to have good social skills, perform better academically, and to have built better relationships with other students because of the social and collaborative component to some types of games.

Why video games are good for mental health? ›

Playing video games works with deeper parts of your brain that improve development and critical thinking skills. Feeling accomplished. In the game, you have goals and objectives to reach. Once you achieve them, they bring you a lot of satisfaction, which improves your overall well-being.

Why video games are good for kids? ›

Can Playing Video Games Be Good for Kids? Some games might improve kids' hand–eye coordination and problem-solving skills. Video games that require kids to move or manipulate the game through their own physical movement can get sedentary kids moving — but not as much as if they actually played outside or did sports.

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