6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen’s Interest

Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time.

Here are six that are perfect older kids.

6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

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Family Game Night with your Middle Schooler

Mad Gab

This is a fun, fast-paced, talk-out-loud game, making it perfect for teens. Players take turns reading phrases (mondegreens) and the first person who can correctly identify it wins a point.

Would you know that Wall Come Island Mash Ooze is Walk a Mile in My Shoes?

Mad Gab. 6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

Passport to Culture

Susan recommends this game for making Geography Fun and Interesting. But don’t let the educational factor fool you. It’s a challenging game that will engage your older kids.

While playing, they’ll travel around the globe, answering questions about world culture (people & places, customs, food & drink, etc.). If you’re the first one to fill up your passport, you win.

Passport to Culture. 6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

Risk

Discover this classic game from your youth again – it’s perfect for older kids. What teen doesn’t think about world domination? Everyone will expand their strategy skills by trying to defend their troops while attempting to attack those of their opponents.

Risk. 6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

Scrabble

Consider introducing your teen to this other classic game. With their increased vocabulary and spatial reasoning skills, they’ll be able to grasp the concept (and strategy) of this game and will enjoy challenging their partners.

Scrabble. 6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

Sumoku

This was one of the games I encouraged you to try as part of your math lesson plan. Not only is it perfect for review, it’s also a lot of fun – making it a great choice for your family game night.

Sumoku. 6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

Telestrations

This game is going under my tree this year! It’s like a modern version of the game Telephone, only adding in drawing.

Pick a word, draw it, then pass your drawing to the next player. Then they guess what you’ve drawn and write it down. They pass it to the next player who draws what the previous player wrote. At the end of the round, it’s funny to see if (and how) the original object changed as it moved down the line.

Telestrations. 6 Board Games that will Keep your Teen's Interest Board games are a great way for families to spend time together. Just because your kids are growing up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing them. Instead, get some new games that will challenge your teen and breathe new life into your family time. Here are six that are perfect older kids. Great gifts and fun activities.

What is your family’s favorite board game to play together?

I love sharing board games for middle school kids. Here are two other gift guides to help you find the perfect game for your family.

 

Want even more teen holiday inspiration? Check out our 5 Days of Fun & Simple Christmas Ideas for Teens.

Megan Zechman
I love homeschooling! Learning is a way of life for our family. Most days you will find us exploring our Central Florida community, having fun while learning. I am constantly looking for new and interactive ways to engage my older children.
Megan Zechman
Megan Zechman

Comments

  1. We are a big game-playing family, but some of these we haven’t played before, so I will have to check them out. I like the looks of Sumoku, which reminds me we have a game called Krypto that we haven’t played in awhile. Scrabble and Qwirkle (listed below) are good ones for cross-generational play (think grandparents).

    Here are some of the games we enjoy:
    Ticket to Ride (a big favorite)
    Blokus
    Qwirkle
    Ringgz
    Set (I can’t play against my kids any more – they are too good!)
    Scattegories
    Mad Dash and World Dash – good for geography
    Settlers of Catan

    My boys (and husband, thankfully) are into games that don’t really appeal to me, but that they can play for hours on end.
    7 Wonders (If I were to try one of these it would probably be this one).
    Dominion
    Civilization
    Lords of Waterdeep
    Games made by Columbia Games like Euro Front, (East and West Front, too), Hammer of the Scots, Gettysburg, etc.

    My husband and oldest son also went to a game convention where they tried some new games. I think that may be where we ended up finding out about:
    Suburbia
    Pandemic
    Betrayal at House on the Hill

    If you are interested, here are a couple of resources for checking out games. Videos made by Wil Wheaton (of Star Trek). If you search for his name and Tabletop, you will see him and some friends playing different games so you can get a sense of whether they are for you or not. Another set of videos and reviews can be found at Dice Tower (I think these guys are from Florida). And of course, there is the website BoardGameGeek that gives you tons of information on every game you can imagine. If you use their advanced search, you can search for pretty much any category you can think of.

    Sorry, this is so long. If you talk about books or games, I can’t seem to stop myself! We’ll be visiting family over Thanksgiving and it ends up being 4 solid days of eating and game-playing. I hope you enjoy your holiday!

    Sarah

    • You’ve given me some new ones to check out Sarah! I’ve heard a lot about Ticket to Ride. I think I’ve had it on my Amazon shopping list for a while now, but just haven’t bought it. Mine are just getting into Scrabble. My 11-year-old finds it a bit hard to come up with words on the spot, so I don’t push it too much yet. Yeah, with 2 girls, we don’t play a lot of the world domination games here either. But who knows, maybe as they get older they’ll have a desire to play.

      Thanks for the resources! We play a lot of games at our house and I’m always looking for new things to try.

      Your Thanksgiving tradition sounds like a ton of fun! I definitely need to schedule another game night here.

      Thanks so much for sharing!!
      Megan

  2. We LOVE Headbands! My husband, myself, my 14 year old son, and my 11 year old twin boys all have too much fun playing this game. We laugh until we cry whenever this game becomes part of game night

  3. Sumoko is a favorite for our 13yo! Along with RISK. But, he also loves Axis & Allies. If he could only find people willing to play!

    • I’ve never heard of Axis & Allies Heather. We try to have regular family game nights, but still there are times that someone wants to play something and they can’t find a partner, so I definitely feel your pain!

  4. Hi,
    We are not big on board games but we have had Risk forever, I was looking at the new one in the photo thinking of how bright the colors should be. 😉
    Our favorite to go game is Even Steven Odd at the moment, however some of these I have never heard of so will need to look into them.
    Thank you for sharing!

  5. I am a huge board game fan and try to use games in our homeschool as much as possible. I now have quite a few to add to my wish list!! Thank you.

  6. Megan great list! I just shared 15 Board games we love for learning fun. I am glad to see I am not alone in using games to teach and have a great family night. Pinning this one 🙂

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