If you’re looking for a way to bond with your older kids, you’ll want to play these fun family games for teens as part of your next family game night. The best board games for teenagers make it simple to spend quality time as a family.
Have you set aside board games because your kids are growing up? Just because your kids are getting older, it doesn’t mean you have to stop playing together.
Bring some fun back into your evenings by adding new games into your game night rotation that are designed for tweens and teens. There are plenty to choose from that are enjoyable for the whole family and are challenging enough for older kids.
Make it easy on yourself and start with one from this list.
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6 Teen Board Games for Family Game Night
To play this game, you simply choose a card and list 3 things that fit the topic. Sounds simple, right?
The fact that you only have 5 seconds to answer makes this game hilarious as players get tongue-tied and shout out whatever comes to mind. Adding to the pressure is the timer – a long twisted tube with a marble that speeds down while making a “zoooooop!” sound.
Categories include things like “name 3 animals you would not want as a pet” and “name 3 snacks made with chocolate.”
This quick-thinking game is perfect for older kids, especially those who think they have the answer to everything.
This faced-paced and incredibly funny game has quickly become one of my teen’s favorites. She and her friends play it often.
One at a time, players draw a card from the main pile and flip it over in front of them. Each card has a symbol and a word (person, place, or thing) on it. Moving clockwise, players draw a card until two players turn over cards with the same symbol. When that happens, they battle for the card.
To win the card, each player has to name something that fits into the category of the word that is on their opponent’s card. For example, if you draw a card with a brown circle and the word “superheroes” on it and another person draws one with a brown circle and the word “colors” on it, you immediately face-off by blurting out an example of what’s on your opponent’s card.
So if you shout out “yellow” faster than he can yell “Captain America,” you win the card. If you are both quick to think of something and say your answers at the same time, you keep naming things for the category until someone wins.
The goal is to end up with the most cards at the end of the game.
One reason this strategy game is one of the most popular board games for teenagers and has spawned a number of special editions and expansion packs is that it’s incredibly fun to play.
The goal is to gain 10 victory points by building roads, settlements, and cities.
Don’t be surprised if your plan is thwarted along the way by another player as they use your tools to settle their own part of Catan. Players are constantly plotting and looking for ways to create their settlements ahead of each other, no matter the cost.
The fact that the “board” can be randomly created each time you play makes it almost impossible to get sick and tired of the game because no two rounds are ever the same. The different layout means different strategies and tactics for everyone.
Here is another fast-paced, talk out-loud game that teens love to play. The goal is to decipher groups of seemingly random words into actual phrases before the timer shuts off.
While playing, teams repeat the words aloud, trying to guess what the actual phrase is. Would you know that “Wall Come Island Mash Ooze” is “Walk a mile in my shoes?” How about “Yore Luka Ink Hood” is “You’re looking good?”
If you guess correctly, you gain points for your team. You have two minutes to figure out three puzzles and the quicker you answer, the more points you earn.
It’s time to rediscover this classic board game for teens from your youth again because it’s perfect for older kids. Think about it. What teen isn’t interested in world domination?
Strategy is key to winning, and older kids will expand these skills as they try to defend their troops while attempting to attack those of their opponents. Players control territories and countries by placing their troops together on the map.
You’ll get more troops each round and you have to decide where to place them based on your tactical plan. Are you going to use them to defend your locations or go on the attack to take over someone else’s?
Players might claim victory after some bold play, but there’s always a risk involved in any strategy.
This game is like a modern version of the game Telephone that meets Pictionary. You do not need any drawing skills to play this game. Trust me.
We’ve played it a few times with friends and we laughed so hard during each and every round. It’s a fun and easy game for tweens, teens, and adults to play together.
To begin, players pick a card, roll a die, and draw the word or phrase that corresponds with that number on their erasable pad. When they’re done with their drawing, they pass their pad to the player to their left.
The second player guesses what the first player drew and writes their answer on the next page in the pad, and then they pass it to the person on their left. The next person looks at the word or phrase that was written (not the original drawing) and draws that object on the third page and then passes it along.
The game continues like this until each pad gets back to its original player.
At the end of the round, it’s hilarious to see if (and how) the original object changed as it moved down the line.
I don’t know about you, but I buy games all the time whether it’s for a birthday, Christmas or just because. We play games all the time for fun and as part of our home school, like these history board games.
If you don’t normally play board games together as a family, I strongly encourage you to start. Tweens and teens will love playing any one of these six games.
More Fun Family Games for Teens
For even more inspiration, check out these other games for middle school families.
Families will love these fast-paced card games. They take less than 30 minutes to play and they make for a crazy game night. Plus, they travel well, so you can easily take them on vacation for something fun to do.
My family also loves playing Double Ditto. It’s a quick-thinking category-matching game that seems simple, but can be challenging when you’re under a 15 second time crunch.
If you’re looking for a cooperative strategy game for your next family game night, look no further than Pandemic board game. Families rush to cure diseases before an outbreak infects the world.
What fun family games for teens does your family play?