Tweens can be a tough age to shop for! They are starting to outgrow the toys they once loved but still want fun things to play with their siblings and friends. Board games and card games are a great solution! Today I’m sharing a round-up of the BEST board games for tweens!
The Best Games for Tweens
Are you looking for the best board and card games for tweens? We've got 'em! These board games and card games would make great gifts for tweens, whether for Christmas, a birthday, Easter, or just because! Tweens will love these fun games!
What hue do you think of when we say “apple”? Hues and Cues is a vibrant game of colorful communication where players are challenged to make connections to colors with words.
Using only one and two-word cues, players try to get others to guess a specific hue from the 480 colors on the game board. The closer the guesses are to the target, the more points you earn. Since everyone imagines colors differently, connecting colors and clues has never been this much fun!
Willy Wonka is opening his factory at last –but only for a lucky few! He has hidden Golden Tickets in his Wonka Bars. If you can find a Golden Ticket, then you win the big prize. Use strategy on every move and play your Wonka Candy cards to collect as many Wonka Bars as you can to better your odds of finding a Golden Ticket! When the last Wonka Bar is picked up, everyone opens up their collection to see who’s got a Golden Ticket!
This fun strategy game requires planning, combo-making, and a little bit of luck.
The Game of Life has been around for quite a while now and it's always a hit. Do NOT do what I did though and purchase one of the newer versions of the game. Such a disappointment! If you're going to get The Game of Life (and I think you should!) you need to order this classic version from Winning Moves Games. It's the version of Life that we played growing up and so much fun! Tweens will love it!
This is not a board game, but our family really enjoys card games and Apocalyptic Picnic is one of the best! It's too good not to include in this list! It's perfect for kids (ages about 8 and up) because they love the silliness of some of these cards.
If you liked Exploding Kittens, youll love Apocalyptic Picnic! The point of the game is to make it to the end with at least 1 human left and gameplay is fairly simple. Because you're trying to turn other player's humans into zombies, kids especially enjoy being able to "attack" siblings in this fun game!
Funny story about the game Risk. When my husband and I were dating he mentioned to me how much he had always wanted the game but his parents wouldn't get it for him.
So, I decided one year to get it for him for Christmas. He was so excited and we played it together right away. Well I won, beat him pretty badly in fact.....and he hasn't wanted to play since. Crushed him I guess. Ha Ha. Probably should have let him win that one!
I love this version of Risk from Winning Moves Games because it's just like the classic version we all grew up with. It's a must-have for tweens!
In this fun game, players to race their trucks back and forth across the country - buying products in some states and selling them in other states. The point of the game is to sell the most from coast to coast. The game is played until all packages are removed from the board. The player with the most money wins!
Rack-o was originally released in 1956, and since then families have enjoyed this Rack'Em & score fun-filled card game. It is timeless fun for adults and tweens!
Playing Rack-O is easy. Players randomly slot 10 cards on their rack. Then players draw and discard until one player positions 10 cards in numerical sequence from low to high. Sound simple? it is - but you will need skillful play, concentration and just a little luck to win.
This retro version from Winning Moves Games is so cool - your tweens will love playing it with their friends!
First launched in 1975, Pay Day is great for social interaction and a game that parents and tweens can play on a relatively even level. Simple and quick, a two-lap game takes as little as 15 minutes!
The object of this game is simple - have the most money at the end of the game. Players can make deals on property and earn money. At the end of each month, players are paid a salary and must pay off all outstanding bills.
Tweens will learn how to get from a Payday to the end of the month. The game board resembles a calendar month, and each space has events like a buying “deal” or receiving “mail” (includes bills, insurance offers etc.)
Scattegories is a GREAT way for tweens to exercise their mind while having fun. Growing up, this was one of my personal favorites as a tween. I loved playing it with family and friends.
When you purchase Scattegories, you've GOTTA get the 30th-anniversary edition. Trust me. Last year I bought the new version for my daughter and it's just not the same or as good as the original! It might cost a little bit more, but it's well worth it!
You and your tween will have a great time playing this fun, classic game together!
Does your tween love a good card game? If so, you've gotta pick up Flinch for them!
Flinch is played with a deck of 150 cards numbered 1-15. Players are allowed to play cards in sequence (building up from 1 to 15) to piles formed in the center of the table. "1" cards must be played to start the piles, but others may be played or held at the player's discretion. Cards may be played from a number of sources: a player's hand (five cards to start), a player's "game pile" (a stack of 10 cards of which only the top card is face up and playable), or a player's "reserve piles" (whenever a player passes or completes a turn, they must add a card from their hand to their reserve piles - up to five reserve piles may be formed).
Hands are continually replenished with new sets of five cards during the game. The object is to play all 10 cards from game pile to the center of the table.
Flinch is simple enough to learn and a LOT of fun to play!
My kids absolutely love Pay Day, it is one of their favorite games. We also play Game of the States a lot, it is also fun and educational. I need to get Risk for them, I think they would all enjoy this game as well.
Tuesday 20th of December 2022
I always though that board games for kids was a learning experience. I can see something in all of these games that really helps the kids grow in mmany ways
Tuesday 29th of November 2022
It is HARD to buy gifts for kids!! I end up asking there mothers what to get. Gift guides really help me out for all ages. thanks for the hard work
Friday 18th of November 2022
So many fun games! Apocalyptic Picnic is one of the games on my shopping list.
Wednesday 8th of January 2020
There are great game options here. No doubt many teens will find great fun in the above list! Thank you for the review.