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.
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Family Game Night with your Middle Schooler
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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