- Family Board Games
- War Board Games
- Strategy Board Games
- Educational Board Games
- Sports Board Games
- Logic Board Games
Board games for kids are incredibly diverse. From Chess to Carroms and Monopoly to Cluedo, there is a multitude of board games you can explore today! While some games are designed for two or three players, others are designed to be played by an entire family.
If you are wondering what board games to indulge the kids in, MomJunction has covered all in this list of the best board games for kids – from the classic to the latest.
21 Classic Board Games For Kids Of 8-14 Years
Family Board Games
Playing board games is one of the best ways of spending unhurried quality time with your family. Your children want and need you to spend time and play with them. So why not pick out a family board game for tonight?
Carcassonne is one of the best family board games. It is a tile-placement game where each player places a tile within a piece of Southern French landscape. With no reading involved, this map making strategy game can be played by kids of all ages. A tile may represent a city, road, grassland etc., and it has to be placed adjacent to other tiles such that it extends the existing cities, roads etc. Having placed a tile, the player chooses to be a knight, a robber on the road or a peasant to continue the game. The game continues until the last tile has been placed.
2. Exploding Kittens
Exploding Kittens is a card game where you play by putting a deck of cards face down. Players keep drawing cards, and when someone draws an exploding kitten, they explode and go out of the game, unless, they have a defuse card. The objective is to stay in the game using the mitigate, defuse and move cards to avoid the exploding kittens.The game is unique and a fresh breath of air from the traditional board games.
Dominion is a role play game, where you are the monarch of a peasant kingdom with beautiful rivers and forests. The objective of the game is to expand your territory and build a Dominion. But, the challenge is to beat the other monarchs with the same plans! This is a very addictive and captivating card game that the entire family can play.
Hedbanz is one of the best, fun board games for kids. It is a goofy guessing game of “Who am I?” The game begins when the players put a headband and pick a card and put it in the headband, facing the other players. Players then ask ‘yes or no’ questions to figure out what they are- an animal, an object, or a fruit or vegetable. Be the first one to guess what you are, and you win!
Codename has two rival spymasters who know the secret identities and code names of 25 secret agents. The two teams compete against each other to contact their agents first through the clues that their masters give. The teammates have to guess the right names based on the clues, while trying to avoid the assassin.
Win or lose, your kids will enjoy playing this social word game.
War Board Games
War games can be a little intimidating for first-timers, but blowing up enemy squads, at least on the board, can be a thrilling experience for most. Here is a list of exciting war games that older kids will enjoy playing.
6. Star Wars: Rebellion
Star Wars Rebellion is one of the latest board games for Star Wars fans. Play and participate in the combat between the rebels and the Galactic Empire. Players get to run the empire of the Galactics and curb the flying rebels, while mandating the starships and troops for their cause. The game comes with a two-piece board and over 150 miniatures along with cards featuring the popular Star Wars heroes and villains.
7. A Game of Thrones: The Board Game Second Edition
King Robert Baratheon dies and the land of Westeros is gearing up for battle. In the Game of Thrones board game, players take up the roles of the great houses of the seven kingdoms of Westeros as they vie for the control of the Iron Throne through warfare. Choose strategy, sweet words or diplomacy to influence the Westeros and claim the throne.
8. War of the Ring (Second Edition)
In the War of the Ring, one player takes control of Free Peoples (FP) and the other controls the Shadow Armies(SA). The enormous map of the Middle Earth lies on the table as the board. There are more than 200 miniature figures each representing the Fellowship, the Witch King, and the Nazgul. The game takes your kids into the story of the Lord of the Rings, which makes this ideal for fans of the books or the movies.
Strategy Board Games
Strategy board games are fun and productive as they require the kids to work their brains. These games help your kid evolve in strategic thinking, planning and using their wits to outscore your opponents. Here is a list of fantastic strategy games you can try.
Splendor is an addictive strategy game for kids. Players don the role of a wealthy renaissance merchant who’s set to acquire mines and transportation, hire artisans to make gorgeous jewelry and impress the nobility. Players trade precious stones for development cards and vice-versa, to create better jewelry, gain prestige and win.
The game is easy to learn and can keep the kids busy for hours!
Players don the role of scientists to fight four deadly diseases, and find the cures for the illnesses before humanity gets extinguished. Pandemic is a cooperative game and encourages the players to work together and plan their strategies before outbreaks. The game has some extension packs and never gets old.
11. The Settlers of Catan
Catan is a building game where players can collect resources to build roads, cities, harbors, and settlements, enabling the kids to create an entirely new board each time they play. The objective is to acquire resources and build better than the other players, while thwarting their plans to rob you or dominate you.
Educational Board Games
Games need not be overtly educative, but educational board games help kids get a firm hold over communication, learning, sharing, and imagination. Here are our picks of the best educational board games for kids.
12. 7 Wonders
7Wonders board game takes the kids through three different ages, allowing them to lead an ancient civilization from its primitive roots to its rise as a world power. Create a nation of artisans and philosophers or lead your troops towards military victory. You can also master the mysteries of science and technology, while building an influential merchant state. Then, rule!
Scattergories is an excellent classic word game for anyone to play, individually or as teams. Each player has to fill a category list where the answers have to begin with the same letter. If no player matches up to your answers, you score points. After three rounds, the winner is declared. Then, begin a new game!
14. Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is one of the top rated party games for kids. There are two decks of cards, namely ‘Things’ and ‘Descriptions.’ An active player draws a ‘description’ card featuring an adjective, and the rest of the players secretly choose the ‘thing’ card that best matches the adjective. Active player reveals the card and decides the card best matching the adjective. The winner becomes the next active player.
A mathematical take on the classic board game of Monopoly, Mathopoly is fun in every way. Players have to earn as many segments and units as they can by solving simple math equations. The game introduces kids to simple concepts of math in such an exciting way that they’ll end up loving the subject.
16. Scrambled States of America
Scrambled States of America is a geography board game for kids, The objective of the game is to match cards up while learning more about the states and their geographical location. You win by collecting most state cards and become the head of the states.
Sports Board Games
Sports-based board games bring on both mental agility and playful spirit, and encourage the child to learn more about a sport. Following is a list of sports board games for your children.
17. 1st And Goal
This game pits two American-football teams inside a gridiron. Strategic playing will determine which dice you get to roll for each play and the roll of the dice determines the yardage gained or lost. The right offensive play earns you a lot of yardage, unless the defense comes back with a better play roll. The game begins with 60 Offense and 60 Defense cards.
18. Blood Bowl
Blood Bowl is a fantasy football game, parodying American football. The game is occupied with conventional fantasy elements of 22mm miniatures representing humans, goblins, dwarfs, orcs, elves, and trolls. Blood bowl is a new way of playing football while boosting the child’s imagination and creativity!
Logic Board Games
The best board games are not only about entertainment, but also about boosting the child’s mental agility and thinking acumen. Here are a few logic games that your children should play:
19. Robot Turtles Game
Robot Turtles is a very encouraging game for young programmers who want to code. While making silly turtle-noises, they learn about coding, functions and the fundamentals of programming. Try this game and before you know, your little one could become the programing expert who creates computer games instead of just playing them!
20. Hoot Owl Hoot!
A color-coded cooperative matching play, Hoot Owl Hoot! is an award-winning game where players help the owls reach their nest before the Sun rises. Pick one color card, and you fly to that place; pick a Sun card, and you are one step nearer to daylight. Help all the owls reach their nests before the sun rises, and in the end, everybody wins.
21. Clue – Classic Edition
Clue is a classic board game that is popular among kids and adults!
The game begins with six legendary suspects who have killed Mr. Boddy. You have to find out in which of the nine rooms, by which of the six weapons was the murder committed. Pick up the right clues, deduce correctly and find out by who, where and how the crime was committed. Solve the mystery and you win the game!
Playing time: 45 minutes
Type: Mystery deduction
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Even if you are relatively new to the board-game scene, your kid and you can play and learn at the same time, and have fun too. Just know that cool games needn’t always be on your PC or mobile. They can be right on your coffee table.
Let us know what your favorite board games are in the comment section below.
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