"What board game should I get for my 10 year old?"
I have heard this question a lot lately. So I made a list of 10 great board games for 10 year olds.
These are board games I either played as a 10 year old. Or games that I would have wanted to play.
This should be a good starting point for good gift ideas to children around the age of 10.
In addition to my experience with these game, I've included a difficulty rating (1-5) for each board game.
A difficulty of 1 being a board game that is easy to learn and play. While 5 is the most difficult and meant for kids that want a challenge.
I added games of all difficulty level so you can find something that your child will enjoy.
10 of the best board games for 10 year olds
Here are 10 of my top picks of board games that I think your child will enjoy.
These board games are in no particular order and all serve different purposes.
Some are educational and meant to teach your child valuable skills.
And some are just plain fun and goofy for your 10 year old to enjoy at their next sleepover.
This is one of my favorite party games of all time. I love when a game is this much fun when the rules are so easy.
Basically, each player has a word on their head that they can't see ("Apple" for example). But everyone else can.
When it's your turn, you ask other players questions that will help you guess your word.
"Am I an animal?" - No
"Can you eat me?" - Yes
*10 questions later*
"Am I an Apple?!?!" - Yes!
One of my favorite things to do in this game is to ask if I am someone else's card. Like if my brother had "Orange" on his head. I would ask...
"Can you eat me?" - Yes
"Am I an ORANGE?!" - No!
Then everyone laughs while my brother sits there confused with the word "orange" on his head.
Though this isn't as fun now that he is on to my tricks!
2. Ticket to Ride
The rules are really simple and easy to understand. But the strategy can be fairly complex as you map out in your head how you will connect your trains from New York to San Francisco.
I play the app for this game when I travel and it is really fun on a plane ride. Though the physical game is much more fun to play if you get the chance.
When I learned this game, it was on a "mega sized" version at Gen con (the largest board gaming convention in the US). That was a lot of fun!
Another cool thing about this game is that you can buy other base games (such as the European version) without needing the original game (with the North American map).
3. Guess Who?
Difficulty - 2/5
Game Type - Deduction
I can't even count the number of times I played this as a kid. And i'm sure I started playing this game much younger than 10.
My mom (or grandma, I don't remember) taught me this when I was probably 7 or 8.
I don't know if they have new characters, but I remember the question "Does your person have glasses?" to be very good.
Or maybe it was a bad question and it was just really good when it worked. Who knows. I was just a kid!
Difficulty - 2/5
Game Type - Abstract and Tile Placement
It's like Scrabble but with abstract shapes and multiple colors.
Each turn, you play 1 piece that matches either shape or color.
I like this quite a bit more than Scrabble because my vocabulary is kind of limited.
Added Bonus: It's fun and challenging for all age levels.
Let me explain. I'm sure most of you know what Pictionary is now. It's a fun party game where you get a word and have to draw it while your teammates guess the word.
But to me. It has been much more than that.
When I was studying art in college, we would play this game fairly often. Both in and out of the class!
I also enjoy it a lot because it forces you to improve your communication skills. Because it's really hard to explain words by drawing pictures of them in a limited amount of time. But if you can, then you will be a better communicator.
This is a classic "easy to learn, hard to master" type of game.
6. Forbidden Island
Difficulty - 4/5
Game Type - Cooperative (team game)
This was a fun game for me to play with my friends and family. And it encourages good teamwork.
All of the players are on a (forbidden) island with limited time. Your team must capture the 4 sacred treasures and escape the island before it floods.
The game also offers several difficulty levels and could probably be played with younger players as well.
7. 7 Wonders (Advanced)
This is the hardest of the games on the list. But for a 10 year old that loves a good challenge, this is perfect for them.
When I was a 10 year old, this game was not out. But I would have really enjoyed playing it. As drafting games are one of my favorite game types.
If you are like me and don't like reading rule books, then you can learn how to play by watching this video.
8. Pie Face!
Difficulty - 1/5
Game Type - Party Game
I have not played this game yet. But I have seen some pictures on Facebook of my friends and their children enjoying this game.
There is not much to it:
- You spin the wheel.
- Crank the handle that many times
- Get a point for each successful crank.
- And hope to not have the hand go off and throw the whipped cream (not included) in your face
I don't see this as being something that would have made my wish list as a child (or now). But I could see it being a really fun party game.
There is probably not much playback value to this game. But it would have been something fun to do at one of my slumber parties.
Don't forget to check your refrigerator for whipped cream before playing!
9. King of Tokyo
This has been one of my "go to games" when I have a mix of people that play a lot of board games. And others that don't.
King of Tokyo is slightly complex to learn for the first time if no one knows how to play.
But if you have someone that has played before and teaches others, then it is fairly easy.
I like that there are a lot of options each player gets to make. But the options are all simple.
10. Code Master
Difficulty - 2/5
Game Type - Single Player Educational Game
Player Type - Analytical thinkers ages 8+
I actually have not played this game yet. But I watched the video and see that it is a lot like the educational problem solving puzzles I enjoyed as a kid.
Programming is fun for me too which makes me think I would even like to play this as the adult I am today.
I rated it a 2/5 difficulty because of the varying difficulty that the video talks about. Basically, the game has "easy maps" and "hard maps".
So it is a good fit for all levels of learning.
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