Top 7 Board Games for Kids That Have Spanned Generations

Family Game Night is a tradition in many households, a time when kids put down the video games, parents turn off their smartphones, and everyone gathers around the table for some classic board games.

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Here are a few board games for kids that have spanned generations and lived on from grandparent to parent to child:

1. Scrabble

It is one of the best board games for kids. The game that proved that wordplay really could be fun! Scrabble helps parents teach kids new words and allows mischievous kids to try to sneak made up words past their parents. It’s fun for all and a great learning tool.

2. Monopoly

Monopoly, one of the best board games of all time, has grown over the years from a game about buying up property in Atlantic City and banking and begging for that get out of jail free card. From Star Wars to Shrek, to Hello Kitty and The Wizard of Oz, there's a variety of versions of this game. I am sure you will be able to find one everyone loves.

3. The Game of Life

A game that literally spans across generations, The Game of Life has you playing through your character's entire life - graduating college, getting a job, getting married, having kids - all to see who can wind up with the biggest house and the most money in the end.

4. Clue

Murder! Mystery! Problem-solving! Clue has you piecing together certain facts during your investigation to try to solve a crime. Unlike a lot of games, you're not just rolling dice and seeing where you land. You have to use your head to win this one.

5. Guess Who? 

Speaking of games that build reasoning skills, Guess Who? is the game of using context clues and your own wits to figure out who you're talking to - not an altogether invaluable skill in today's increasingly web-connected society.

6. Battleship

I think we all remember the commercials of "battleship sunk!" There's nothing that quite brings a family together like simulated naval warfare. Battleship is one of the best family board games of all time. 

7. Jenga

Often forgotten in any discussion of classic games, Jenga is all about virtually every child's favorite past time, breaking things. It’s fun to play and exciting to watch. Stack layers of blocks to build a tower and then pull the block out and restack. You have to make sure the tower doesn’t crash.  

It’s time to enjoy and have some fun with your kids and family!


Dorothy Hastings

Dorothy Hastings is the Director of First School, which are three preschool and child care centers located throughout Southern California. First School provides a hands-on approach to preschool education and Child Care Programs that emphasizes all around child development. In addition to their intuitive academic approach, First School also focuses on developing a child's social skills and self-confidence, which is made possible in their intimate learning atmosphere.

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