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Board games are a great fun way to squeeze in a little education outside of school. Of course homeschoolers are always ‘at school’ since we learn at home, but these games provide a nice break from traditional lesson plans.
I love having a closet full of games for my children. Sometimes they pull out a game to play in the evening as a family or with their friends. Other times I incorporate a game into the day for a bit of gameschooling (learning school topics while playing games). Kids are always changing and growing though, so the games they loved as young children are not the same ones they reach for now. These educational board games for tweens and early teens are favorites of my own children.
Educational Board Games for Tweens and Early Teens
My children loved the Apples to Apples Junior edition when they were little, but the cards were getting a little juvenile for them. They just don’t find Oscar the Grouch as funny as they once did.
The new standard adult version of Apples to Apples has my kids laughing hysterically every single time they play. They are learning new vocabulary words and context clues in a fun environment.
Ticket to Ride is a game of strategy. Players try to earn the most points by completing their train routes and building the longest train. This game is great as a family. The game gets more difficult with more players because everyone is competing for the same route spaces.
Players are learning geography. Learn various geographical areas with different game boards.
Forbidden Island is a game that requires cooperation. Every player works together to save the team. The team either all succeeds and gets off the island or everyone fails. This requires strategy and lots of communication. We usually play this as a family because it requires at least 4 players.
Chess is another strategy game. It requires teens to pay attention to details and focus in order to win the game. It also encourages kids to think things through and plan ahead. One benefit of chess is that it only requires two players.
Players have to use social deduction skills to determine which players are lying. Reading people and their subtle body language clues is not a typical educational skill, but it certainly is a good life skill to learn.
What games do your tweens and early teens enjoy?
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