Board Games That Will Teach Your Kids

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Board games are a great way to have fun and bond with your kids, but did you know that they can learn from playing games? Nearly every game will teach your kids how to follow rules and how to make decisions, and some can even enhance their language, math, and/or problem-solving skills.  

Here are a few great games that can be fun and educational. You’ve probably heard of most of these, and you might even own a few, but you may have overlooked their potential as learning tools. Next time you have a family night in, try dusting off these classics.


Chess is one of the oldest games in the world, and continues to be one of the most popular. The rules are simple enough for your kids to learn, but allow for endless strategizing. Kids can learn how to make sense of complex problems, and they’ll also learn the importance of planning ahead and attention to detail. The downside to chess is that it takes patience, so it may be better left until your kid has the proper attention span.


Boggle is basically a timed word search, and a fun way for kids to improve their vocabulary. The time limit not only ensures that games won’t get too boring, but it also encourages focus and quick-thinking.


Scrabble can obviously improve a child’s vocabulary, but it also teaches math skills. Children have to keep track of their scores, and they also have to figure out which words will give them the most points. Scrabble is also a game of strategy, and your kids will learn problem-solving skills as they try to outmaneuver their opponents.    


Monopoly is one of the best ways for kids to learn the value of money. It can also improve their social skills, as they’ll need to negotiate and make deals with the other players. And when they land on Community Chest or have to pay rent on Boardwalk, they’ll learn about the power of luck.

Rory’s Story Cubes

This is a newer game, and, unlike the others listed, winning isn’t the goal. Instead, Rory’s Story Cubes gives kids the opportunity to develop storytelling skills and discover their own creativity. Players roll nine dice, each with different pictures (including spaceships, castles, and more), and they must work each of those pictures into their story. You’ll have a great time seeing your kid’s mind at work!

Your kids will probably be having too much fun to realize they’re learning. What other games do you like to play with your kids? Let us know in the comments below.     

By Luke Smith


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