5 Great Board Games for your Middle School Child
Board games teach kids about rules, sportsmanship and strategy. Children love games, and more than likely, you, their parents, will be playing a lot of these games with them. Why not try the ones that are fun for adults as well? Here are some games that take the boring out of child’s play.
Santorini is an accessible strategy game in which players are moving and building Greek buildings with blue roofs on a board. If either player builds a third level, that player wins the game.
The rules are simple to learn but provide enough depth to keep each game interesting. Also, the game comes with hero cards that give each player a unique ability for that game.
2. Forbidden Sky
This is the latest in a series of cooperative games that includes Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert. In Forbidden Sky, you work as a team to assemble and connect power sources to launch a rocket ship and get off a floating platform. But elements such as lightning and wind are hindering your work, and you have to work together so that no one gets blown off the platform or gets electrocuted.
In Codenames, with two teams pitted against each other, the Spymaster gives one-word clues to his or her teammates in order for them to pick the right clue. If teams pick the wrong clue, which are cards laid out on the table, they might accidentally uncover a clue for the opposing team or worse, pick the assassin, thereby ending the game.
4. King of Tokyo
In King of Tokyo, you play mutant monsters, gigantic robots, and strange aliens—all of whom are destroying Tokyo and whacking each other in order to become the one and only King of Tokyo.
In order to win the game, one must either destroy Tokyo by accumulating 20 victory points, or be the only surviving monster once the fighting has ended.
In the game Azul, players take turns drafting coloured tiles from suppliers to their player board. Later in the round, players score points based on how they’ve placed their tiles to decorate the palace. Extra points are scored for specific patterns and completing sets; wasted supplies harm the player’s score. The player with the most points at the end of the game wins.B