Fun children’s board games and card games that are all Singapore-themed to get you in the patriotic spirit (plus these games make a great child’s birthday gift or family leaving gift!)
With themes of hawker food, local neighbourhoods and Singlish, these board games and card games are great for newbies to Singapore, who need to get up to speed on some localism, and Singaporeans, who will be able to proudly revel in all the great local dishes, icons, and colloquialisms. We love a family games night with board games, and these Singapore-themed games are fun for the whole family to play together. Plus they make great birthday gifts for kids – as well as awesome family memento gifts for anyone leaving Singapore!
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1. Hawker Wars: SG Foodie Card Game
Hawker Wars is a fun interactive card game that lets you compete to cook some of Singapore’s most iconic hawker dishes from Nasi Lemak to Fish Head Curry. There’s a black market to get ingredients (obviously, what with the shortage of fish at the moment) and the last person who visited a hawker market gets to start the game. A super fun card game that gets kids familiar with new hawker dishes if they are new to Singapore, and for Singaporeans it’s a fun way to learn about what actually goes into favourite dishes. The card game says for 13yr olds+ but we played with our 7-year-old and 9-year-old and everyone loved this card game!
Find it: Online at Shopee, and instore at Independent Market (Holland Village)
2. Monopoly: Singapore Edition
Ah a true classic board game, but better because it’s the Singapore version! Play this Monopoly board game and get to know neighbourhoods like Joo Koon, iconic landmarks such as Botanic Gardens plus there are references to hawker centres and MRT breakdowns to contend with. Kids tend to play this fast-paced property-trading board game for hours (and hours!) and it only sometimes ends in tears.
Find it: Amazon or Toys R’ Us
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3. Hotpot Havoc: Foodie Card Game
Love hotpot? This steamboat-inspired card game is what to play with the family when you are missing that outing to your fave hotpot resto (here’s looking at you Beauty In The Pot!) Featuring all-time favourite soup bases from mala to tomato, players win the game by gathering the most points over four rounds. Best for 8-year-olds+
Find it: Toytag
4. Off Track
Off Track is a strategy game where you build MRT tracks to reach your destination, while others try to throw you off the board game track! In this game, there are characters like the office lady and school boy…will you be able to get to your destination, before the Disruptors stop you? Best for 9-year-olds +.
Find it: Online and stores like Independent Market (Holland Village)
5. The Singaporean Dream: Card Game
Hands up who thinks they’re the ‘perfect Singaporean’? With this card game, you can be a child prodigy, SIA stewardess or even an influencer. The more Dream cards you hold in your hands, the higher your chances of becoming the ultimate Aunty or Ah Beng. It’s very tongue in cheek and lots of fun plus gives older kids a ‘proper education’ into some local nuances and slang. (Due to the content this card game is better for older kids (13 yrs+). There’s also The Singaporean Dream: The New Normal Card Game with pandemic-related themes: a Safe Distancing Officer and new Dream Cards like ‘find a vaccine’ and ‘travel ban lifted’.
Find it: Online
6. Say What? Singapore’s Shiok Food Card Game
This one is another great card game for foodies! Say What? Singapore’s Shiok Food Card Game is a game to test your knowledge of local cuisine by guessing the name of the dish (there are 50 in total) as it’s being described. No spelling out the dish – that’s cheating!
Find it: Online
7. Chope! The Card Game
We might not be able to head out to hawker centres to chope our tables at the moment, but with this card game, you can get into the spirit from your home! In Chope! The Card Game players fight over tables using tissue packets (not actual tissues mind you!). Will you be able to chope tables before the others? Collect ‘plates’ of dishes like mutton and biriyani (don’t play on an empty tummy) and beware the hungry mynah birds coming to steal your food!
Find it: Online
8. Bonus entry: Singapore Culture Play Book
If you have toddlers or little kids who aren’t able to follow the rules of a board game or card game yet, how can you celebrate Singapore with them in an interactive way while you’re at home? Enter the Singapore Culture Play Book by Indigrow. This hard cover book filled with lovely images, makes an informative and fun way to learn about Singapore. It’s set out as an A to Z of Singapore but the concept is all about bringing the pages to life by going on a treasure hunt for each item, or asking questions, using it as a talking point to discuss diversity (there are characters of different races) cultural festivals, iconic landmarks and local dishes of Singapore.
Find it: Online