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Educational Board Games as Gifts

Updated on October 10, 2014

Gifts of Educational Board Games

Gift giving can be overwhelming as kids grow and their interests change. Consider giving educational board games as gifts that the entire family will enjoy. Christmas is the perfect time to give the gift of a board game when everyone is gathered together.

It's easy to give a board game to a child if you enjoy playing it and are willing to jump in to play a few games with them. Even young children enjoy board games that require simple counting to move around the board. And older kids like using their noggins, whether they will admit it or not.

Choose board games that are fun and kids will learn while having a great time.

Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood

Scrabble - Spellers, Pull Up a Chair

Scrabble is the ultimate spelling and strategy game. I enjoy playing Scrabble online (Wordscraper on Facebook is my favorite), but there's nothing like sitting down with real people you can see and taking a turn spelling words!

What This Board Game Teaches: spelling, strategy

Monopoly - So Many Choices

Monopoly board game is a time-tested winning board game. Kids and adults have fun playing Monopoly so grab a new box and become the real estate tycoon you were meant to be.

What This Educational Board Game Teaches: counting, math, dealing with money, bartering, taking risk.

Stratego - Feel Like Doing Battle? This Is the Game for You!

Stratego, like its name implies, is a strategy board game where opponents try to outwit each other.

This Board Game Teaches: strategy, thinking ahead

LEGO Creationary - Fun for Lego Fans!

My grandkids have Lego Creationary. You choose a card to see what you have to build. The other team or players then have to guess what you built. It is fun and always a hoot to hear what the other players think that thing is that you built.

This Board Game Teaches: creativity, building skills

Yahtzee -- Poker-like Game - Roll 'em!

This classic game is basically poker played with dice instead of cards. It is fun for small kids who may only be able to roll the dice and will need help figuring out the "hands."

This Board Game Teaches: basic math, how to use strategy to score the most points

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A Bulwer-Lytton Dishonorable Winner

in the Puns Category for 2011

Milton's quest for the love of Ms. Bradley was a risk but no sorry trivial pursuit, yet he hadn't a clue why she had a monopoly on his heart's desires -- in fact, it boggled his mind and caused him great aggravation because, in his checkered and troubled careers, he had always scrabbled hard and it drove him bonkers that she considered life just a game.

Linda Boatright

Omaha, NE

Blokus - Oh Boy, Have You Played This? It's Tough!

This fun board game tests your skill in shape perception and strategy. It's a tough (but fun!) game even small children can handle.

This Board Game Teaches: spatial relations, shapes, strategy, following rules

Memory - How's Your Memory?

Memory is such a fun game. Even very young kids can play this if the number of cards are kept to a minimum.

This Board Game Teaches: matching, pairs, memory

Wits and Wagers - Wits and Wagers Family

Choose Wits and Wagers for an all-adult crowd and Wits and Wagers Family when children will be playing. Whoever you gather together to play, Wits and Wagers is a fun game that is unique enough that no one person will dominate first place all the time.

This Board Game Teaches: guessing, estimating, reasoning

Share Your Favorite Board Game Here

Do you have a favorite board game? Here's your chance to vote on one of the educational board games listed here or if your favorite isn't listed, please be sure to add it in the comments section below.

Which of these is your favorite board game?

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This author, Peggy Hazelwood, participates in Amazon, eBay, All Posters, and other affiliate advertising programs. When you click an advertising link on this page and make a purchase, I receive a small percent of the sale. Thank you for reading this far!

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    • floppypoppygift1 profile image


      5 years ago

      We just got Apples To Apples for Christmas. The kids really like it! Cheers~cb

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      6 years ago

      I have great memories of playing Parcheesi and later, Yahtzee after family holiday dinners. I've never been very good at Scrabble, but when a bottle of wine opened, we laughed pretty hard at some of the words we made up!

    • ismeedee profile image


      6 years ago

      Some great ideas here! I think my son would enjoy the Lego game and thanks for the recommendatin on Bokus- hadn't heard of that one!

    • hntrssthmpsn profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm an absolute nut for scrabble, but we've killed hours with all of these games except Blokus, which I look forward to trying!

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      What about Cooties? lol (Yeah, I know it's not really educational, but it's a fun and classic game for kids.

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      6 years ago

      Monopoly is my favorite one, I played it many times when I was a kid. Usually all neighbourhood kids came to play in my room as I was the only one who had it at that time :))

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @hsschulte: I agree. My grandkids love games too and usually beat me.

    • hsschulte profile image


      7 years ago

      We use board games to homeschool. My kids groan when I pull out worksheets, but they love games. It's amazing how much games do to teach kids and consistently reinforce those skills. Learning is fun!

    • Scarlettohairy profile imageAUTHOR

      Peggy Hazelwood 

      7 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @gottaloveit2: Mousetrap sounds vaguely familiar. I also loved Mr. Potato Head... There you go! Explains a lot, doesn't it!?

    • gottaloveit2 profile image


      7 years ago

      I am a scrabble game lover, through and through! I'm not sure it's an educational board game but I positively loved Mousetrap growing up...remember that game? I might have to buy one!


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