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Board Games for a 12 Year Old

Updated on February 8, 2015

Board games are fun to play

Playing board games in a video game world is a refreshing experience.

Personally, I grew up on board games and cards. One day of every week, we would have family night of cards or a game. We would pop popcorn or make some other snack. It was a fun night and something I miss doing. My husband got tired of losing to me. But whenever my daughter is around we try to get a game or two in.

These are my picks for what a 12 year old would like to play with.

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ThriveTime for Teens Board Game

On the edge of becoming teenagers Louis and Lynn already have paper routes and learning to save their money. They are both two smart individuals. ThriveTime, not only is an educational game, but a fun game too.

Pay Your Family First ThriveTime for Teens Board Game - The Money and Life Reality Game
Pay Your Family First ThriveTime for Teens Board Game - The Money and Life Reality Game
In this reality game, teens start in high school and have part time jobs. They will be faced with money and life decisions like buying cars, managing expenses, giving back to their community, paying for college, using credit cards, buying stocks and starting businesses. The winner is the teen that not only generates income and makes positive financial decisions, but also effectively manages their time and does good for those around them.

I've Never - Board Game, Teen Version - Winner of The National Parenting Center's 2010 Seal of Approval

Since the twins are turning 12 and most of their friends are around the age of 13, this will be a fun icebreaker game to play at their Birthday party.

I’ve Never Kids Game (8+)
I’ve Never Kids Game (8+)
An outrageously hilarious party game where teens over the age of 12 can get together with their friends and families and find out funny and shocking secrets that would otherwise never be revealed! OMG! Can Boys and Girls Play Together? YES! In fact, it's a lot more fun when both boys and girls are playing together... if you get what I mean! LOL ;) What's A Good Occasion To Play This Game? You can play this game at Birthday parties, slumber parties, school socials, dance parties, summer camps, or just anytime you want to let loose and have fun! Guaranteed to make you laugh! GREAT Gift Item. Is it Fun? YES! You will have a blast playing, dancing, singing, and whatever else your imagination can dream up!

Fundex Games Quoridor Classic - As easy as checkers, and a lot more fun!

The game play is simple: on each turn, either move your pawn one space closer to the finish line, or use one of your two-square wide tiles to block your opponent's progress (you start with ten of these), but you can't completely block them in. Whoever gets there first, wins! Each game takes on its own personality, as new strategies constantly evolve.

Quoridor | Abstract Strategy Game for Adults and Familes | Ages 8+ | 2 to 4 Players | 15 Minutes
Quoridor | Abstract Strategy Game for Adults and Familes | Ages 8+ | 2 to 4 Players | 15 Minutes
The aim in this award-winning game is to get your pawn across to the opposite side of the playing board. But should you move your pawn or erect a fence to slow your opponent's advance? The difference is that there are wooden fences one erects to block the progress of and force a different route upon an opponent. Choices don't come easily in this game of mazes and madness. 2-4 players, ages 6 and up. The game includes 20 fences, 4 wooden pawns & instructions.

Flibbix - Easily build your own amazing board game

This is the type of game for Louis and Lynn to put their thinking caps on. Both children are creative. It will be interesting to see what types of games they create.

JINX Game - Fun for everyone

Fun to yell jinxed and that person has to start all over again. A straight forward game and easy to learn.

JINX Board Game
JINX Board Game
In fast-action JINX, the next roll of the dice could make or break you. Race to line up your game pieces on the game board grid. Then, just when you're getting close, Jinx! -- you duplicate a previous roll and you are forced to start all over again by removing all of your pieces from the board. Roll one black die, one white die and you have 9 game pieces to attempt to line up 3 of your pawns horizontally, vertically or diagonally and win the round. There is even room for some revenge - the right roll might let you knock an opponent's piece off the board. So throw the dice and let the good times roll! Includes game pawns, black die, white die, game board, score pad, pencil and instruction sheet.

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