At Radical Parenting we believe that board games are a great way for families to bond and connect. We highly encourage our readers and teen interns to buy board games as gifts, bring board games on family vacations and always keep a board game on hand during free time.
We have chosen 5 of our favorite board games for tweens.
5 Best Board Games for Tweens: (Ages 10-13)
Clue is a fun game that gets tweens interacting and thinking. Guessing plots, characters and having to read people makes Clue the perfect game for teaching social skills and strategy. Perfect game for a tween game night.
Description of Clue: For generations, Mr Boddy has met his end at the hand of one of six legendary suspects in the classic detective game, CLUE. Professor Plum, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Miss Scarlett and Colonel Mustard are all here in Boddy Mansion. One of them has done away with Mr Boddy, but in which of the nine rooms (perhaps the Library, or Lounge, or Conservatory)? And which of the six weapons was used to commit this dastardly dead(the wrench, the rope, or maybe the trusty ol’ lead pipe)? Collect the right clues, make the right deductions, to determne who? where? which weapon? and you will solve the mystery and win the game.
We all wish our tweens said Sorry! a little bit more, well at least the game Sorry! will get kids and tweens playing this game of luck. Can get a little tense with families but is a good way to teach how to be a good winner and a good loser.
Description of Sorry! This classic game of luck, strategy, and determination is easy to grasp for children as young as 6 years old, yet it’s fun for adults and older siblings too. By drawing cards, players move their game pieces around the board, hoping to eventually accumulate all their pieces at the final destination–home sweet home. Sorry is known as the game of “sweet revenge,” since players can send each other’s pawns back to the starting line, thus forcing one another to lose ground and begin all over again. This kind of frustration may be hard for children under age 8 to handle. In fact, young ones typically crumble into tears of outrage when their pawns are cavalierly sent back. The only recourse is to teach children how to plot their own revenge, which makes them feel as powerful as superheroes.
3. Game of Life
This is a great game to inspire conversations with tweens about life choices, life stages and goals. Kids get to try out different life scenarios and then talk about where they want to be in 10, 20 or 30 years. Be sure to pause and chat while playing the game to talk through some of the choices and how it plays out in the real world.
Description of the Game of Life: Practice makes perfect in the game of Life. Try marriage, kids, and more. Will you go to college and take out student loans? Or join the working force and collect on payday? Will you go bankrupt, or earn millions in stock and real estate? Anything’s possible with a spin of the Life wheel! A classic family game that can be a reality check–or just a fun time. –Margaret Quinn
Get kids starting to play Chess young! Even if you do not know how to play it is worth learning. Chess is a great game for the brain and can teach kids critical thinking skills and strategy like no other game. Have a running chess game going in your house and encourage your kids to play it while waiting for dinner or before bed as a way to quiet the mind.
Description of Chess: Chess is a two-player strategy board game played on a chessboard, a checkered gameboard with 64 squares arranged in an eight-by-eight grid. It is one of the world’s most popular games, played by millions of people worldwide at home, in clubs, online, by correspondence, and in tournaments. Each player begins the game with 16 pieces: one king, one queen, two rooks, two knights, two bishops, and eight pawns. Each of the six piece types moves differently. Pieces are used to attack and capture the opponent’s pieces, with the objective to ‘checkmate’ the opponent’s king by placing it under an inescapable threat of capture. In addition to checkmate, the game can be won by the voluntary resignation of the opponent, which typically occurs when too much material is lost, or if checkmate appears unavoidable. A game may also result in a draw in several ways, where neither player wins. The course of the game is divided into three phases: opening, middlegame, and endgame.
I love drawing games but this one also encourages communication. Players have to get their partners to guess AND draw (without them knowing what they are drawing) so creative! This is the perfect game for siblings to learn how to communicate and work together.
Description of Backseat Drawing: The Hysterical Game of Sketchy Directions! Two teams race to identify drawings done by their own team members. But the artists don’t know what they are drawing-they can only follow the instructions given by another team member. Laughter erupts as players attempt to follow direction and to guess what is being drawn. With Backseat Drawing, there’s no time to stop and ask directions- the fun never stops! The Challenge Cards feature four languages: English, Spanish, French, and German. Play in the language of your choice! 4-10 players. 5 minutes to learn. 20-30 minutes per game.
Board games are an awesome way to learn strategy and bond with family and friends. Try having a game night in your house or hosting a game night for your child and their friends.
Have you seen our other top picks?
- 15 Best Books for Tweens
- Best Gifts for Tweens
- Best Books for Parents of Children and Tweens
- Radical Parenting Gift Guide
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