In this world of video games, computers and electronic gadgets, its important to show kids that board games can be fun too. Its especially important for kids ages 10 to 12 to spend time with friends and family playing games that are fun and educational. Board games allow kids to problem solve, interact and socialize. Instead of pushing buttons, they get to read, count and think.
Apples to Apples
Apples to Apples is game in which you try to match cards to the one being described by the judge. If your card is the closest match, then you win the points. As many as 10 people can play this game, and there are no little pieces to lose.
Bananagrams is a word game that requires no board, no pencils and no scorekeeper. Its a banana-shaped pouch full of letter tiles that you use to form words in a crossword-puzzle style on any flat surface. You can play the game several ways, allowing players of all spelling levels to participate. If you're the first player to use all your letters, you win.
Buzzword is a game that makes you think. Once you're given the buzzword, you have 45 seconds to come up with as many words as you can containing the buzzword and based on brief descriptions on the cards. The game is fast and fun for kids and adults, and many players can play at a time.
Quirkle is a simple but challenging game where you connect columns and rows of colors and shapes. There's no math, trivia or reading involved, but you still need to think and develop strategy as you play. You score points by placing the tiles of colors and shapes on the table connecting to other tiles to score points based on the configurations you create. Connect your tile to multiple tiles, and you score extra points.
Uno is a classic card game using colors and numbers. Its easy to learn and can have up to 10 players. The action goes around the table as you take turns playing a card based on its color or number. The first player to play all of his cards wins. But during the game you can play cards to skip the next player or make him draw more cards. A little bit of luck and strategy are necessary to win. You have to yell "Uno" when you only have one card left in your hand.