Board Games for Children 8 and Up

These are classic board games for children 8 and up, with many suitable for “kids of all ages”. Featured games are some of my personal favorites from my time working as a pediatric and school-based Occupational Therapist, as well as from my own childhood. Inherent to board games is the facilitation of basic skills in visual, motor, cognitive and social development. I've also written on classic games for children 3- to 8-years old.

Board games were family staples 30 years ago. TV commercials depicting parents and their children gathered together around the dining table for a rousing board game were actually reality-based. These were the days of 3 television networks, no home computers and no cell phones. There was 18 hours of programming a day and no cable television nor VCR.

Parents and kids alike now tend to turn to electronics for solitary entertainment. Cable television and DVDs provide unlimited entertainment options. We have adults and kids slave to their cell phone, with non-stop texting and gaming. Video games have progressed through many generations. Kids would just as soon die as to admit to peers that their house had neither Wii nor Xbox.

I challenge you to return to the lost art of family entertainment with classic board games.



Games reviewed in this hub:


Guess Who

Battleship

Hangman

Monopoly

Clue

Twenty Questions for Kids


Guess Who


Number of Players: 2 players

Ages: 6 to 12 years old

Brief Overview: Players try to guess their opponent’s “mystery person”. Each player has a game board grid with 48 character faces. Eliminations are made by asking yes and no questions, such as “Is your person a female?” and “Does your person have a beard?” Kids really love this game.

Amazon Customer Rating: 4.0 of 5 stars from 193 raters, including 96 ratings of 5. Chief complaint was not enough diversity of the characters to make it interesting, and prolong the game. Complaints such as not enough women, not enough with glasses, etc.

Skills: Visual discrimination, visual-motor, fine motor, reasoning and strategy.

Versions: Many versions, including Star Wars. Travel version available, which is more challenging to fine motor manipulation skills due to smaller size.

Guess Who Game

Battleship Game
Battleship Game | Source

Battleship


Number of Players: 2 players

Age: 7 to 12 years old

Brief Overview: Players place their fleet on their vertical grid. Players then take turns calling out and marking coordinates, hoping for a “hit”. First player to sink opponent’s fleet wins.

Amazon Customer Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars from 77 raters. Chief complaints were that pegs fall out too easily, and there is no storage for the pegs.

Skills: Fine motor, strategy and reasoning. Very challenging in visual perception and visual motor.

Versions: Multiple editions, including electronic. Travel version available, which is more challenging to fine motor manipulation skills due to smaller size.



Classic Battleship Commercial

Hangman


Number of Players: 2 players

Ages: 6 to 12

Brief Overview: Each player spells out a word with the tiles. Players take turns guessing letters. A piece of the hangman is exposed for wrong guesses. Winner must guess opponent’s word before his/her own hangman is complete.

Amazon Customer Rating: 4.6 of 5 stars from 125 raters for Melissa & Doug game. Raters liked that letter pieces are attached, and can’t be lost. Raters did not like that the pieces are noisy. Multiple complaints about the dry erase pen.

Skills: Visual perception, visual-motor, fine motor, spelling.

Versions: Multiple variations on the basic game in game pieces and packaging. Travel version available, which is more challenging to fine motor manipulation skills due to smaller size.



Monopoly


Number Of Players: 2-8 players

Ages: 8 and up

Brief Overview: Monopoly was created by an unemployed Pennsylvania heating engineer during the depression in 1934. The game is based on purchasing real estate in Atlantic City. Players have the option to purchase real estate when they land on various locations. They may also purchase houses and hotels. Other players landing on these locations subsequently must pay to the owner. As players advance around the board, they pay and collect from other players. There are also chance cards and other pitfalls and opportunities. This game could last for days.

Amazon Customer Rating: 4.7 of 5 stars from 237 raters for classic version. There were only 14 ratings of 1, 2, & 3 combined, so very few complaints. Complaints seemed mainly to be of slight downsizing of the board and money tray, 4 houses do not fit on a property, and the cards are too flimsy.

Skills: Visual perception, visual-motor, fine motor, basic math skills, planning and strategy.

Versions: Star Trek, Disney, Indiana Jones, Planet Earth, Simpsons, Seinfeld, Pirates of the Caribbean, Electronic Banking.

Modifications: Monopoly Jr for 5 to 10 year old players. Some versions of the game have instructions for shorter play time.


Fun Versions of Classic Monopoly

Monopoly Commercial

Clue Game
Clue Game | Source

Clue


Number Of Players: 2-6 players, with up to 10 players depending on game version.

Ages: 8 and up

Brief Overview: This game is more than 50 years old, and is a who-dunnit murder mystery. There are 6 possible suspects and murder weapons for the death of Mr. Boddy. Players collect clues as they advance around the Mystery Mansion on the game board.

Amazon Customer Rating: 4.7 of 5 stars from 254 raters for classic version. There were only 8 ratings of 1, 2, & 3 combined, so very few complaints.

Skills: Visual perception, visual-motor, fine motor, strategy.

Versions: Clue Jr, Harry Potter, Simpsons, The Office, Scooby Do. Update of the classic game features celebrity mansion and characters who look like actors in the movie.

Modifications: Clue Jr for 5 to 10 year old players. Children play to discover who ate the cake before dinner. The Harry Potter version has players solving the disappearance of a fellow Hogwarts student.



Twenty Questions for Kids


Number Of Players: 2 to 10 players

Age: 7 and up

Brief Overview: Game includes 150 cards with 20 clues each, for a person, place, thing or year. Players advance around game board while trying to figure out clues.

Amazon Customer Rating: 4.8 of 5 stars from 8 raters.

Skills: Auditory processing, reasoning skills.

Modifications: Cards can be used to quiz other players with no need to use game board. Good transition or break activity between homework sessions.



How to Play Twenty Questions

More Classic Children’s And Family Board Games

 

Trouble

Parcheesi

Life

Sorry

Scrabble

Risk

Trivial Pursuit

Rack-O

Upwords

Aggravation

Payday

Hollywood Squares

Password

Bonkers

Concentration

Checkers

Chinese Checkers

Tiddly Winks

Backgammon

 

 

Have I sparked any memories of your favorite games? I hope I have inspired you to revisit classic board games for your children, or better yet, for your entire family. Add board games to your Christmas and Birthday shopping lists.

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9 comments

lyricsingray 7 years ago

Battleship was always my sisters and my favorites - thanks again for bringing back the real fun when children are interacting, Kimberly


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Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

These games bring back fun memories. Monopoly has always been my favorite board game.


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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

Thanks for reading and commenting lyrics, HT and MG. And thanks for your support to my work.

I have fond memories of playing Monopoly with my neighbors growing up. What will the computer age kids have fond memories of?


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Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

You've really brought back some great memories. This really pushes me to set a "game night" with my family.


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rmcrayne 7 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

I think family game night is a great idea. Thanks Veronica for your support.


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warboardgames 6 years ago

Thank you for these reviews - many of the games mentioned here, I played myself when I was younger and I still continue... However, I wouldn't leave out some war board games (check my hub on that) like Risk board game. I played risk since an early age and really think that I learned something from it :)


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rmcrayne 6 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

war, Battleship and Risk were included in this hub.


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rmcrayne 5 years ago from San Antonio Texas Author

Thanks bill.


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william.fischer29 5 years ago

Great idea. Thanks for sharing those board games.

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