Family Night Board Game Favorites

How we play games is how we do life! You can use games to teach your kids about honesty, being on a team, taking calculated risks, cooperating with others in a competitive field, and figuring out the most important goal you should be strategizing for.

My personal favorites for beginners to board games:

  • 7 Habits of Happy Kids (fun, simple, and easy to play)
  • Forbidden Desert (cooperative game)
  • Compounded (chemistry lab game)
  • 7 Wonders (good training for the next set of games!)
  • Splendor (also a fun, easy to learn game with strategy skills)

Personal favorites (for more seasoned players) that have a strong structure for teachable moments:

  • Wealth of Nations (best game that teaches world economics)
  • Food Chain Magnate (entrepreneur simulator game)
  • Terraforming Mars (made by scientists)
  • Through the Ages (excellent historical game)
  • Power Grid (provide power to customers by building a network)
  • Robot Rally (robots playing “Capture the Flag”)
  • Ticket to Ride (easy geography and strategy game)
  • Settlers of Catan (and later upgrade to Terra Mystica)