Alright, Smarty Pants, do you have what it takes to win some of the best educational board games? Put your thinking caps on, and get ready to go head-to-head with some of your smartest friends! If you're a great speller, a math whiz, or an expert at strategizing, these educational board games are right up your alley!
The games that are featured on this list include: Bananagrams, Scrabble, Chess, Scattergories, Cranium, Trivial Pursuit, Guinness World Records, ThinkFun Zingo, ThinkFun Roll and Play Board Game, Hi Ho Cherry-O, Memory, Monopoly, Scrambled States. and Guess Who? If there’s a game listed here that you think is the absolute best, please share your opinion and be sure to vote for your favorite one. Also, please feel free to add any we might have forgotten.
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Guess Who?Children's game - Ask questions to find out the identity of your opponent's mystery person!
Memory Use your memory to pair up matching cards. The player with the most card pairings wins!
Simon Says Simon says, stand on one foot. Simon says, jump up and down. Simon says, stop. Jump up and down! Did you just jump? I didn't say "Simon says," so, you just lost ...
Trivial PursuitTrivia, Party game, Roll and move - Team up to answer fun trivia questions.
Scattergories Time to get creative! Teams come up with answers to the categories listed on their cards.
Operation Use tweezers to remove the patient's ailing parts. But be careful! If you touch the sides, the buzzer will go off, and you will lose your turn!
ChessStrategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game - Use strategic moves and lateral thinking to protect your queen at all costs.
Guinness World Records Based on the best-selling Guinness Book of World Records, this game tests your knowledge with a series of trivia questions.
CraniumParty game - Cranium is awesome because you get to explore different mediums of creativity. Sculpt artwork out of play dough, act out a scene from a movie, or sing a song to win!
Bananagrams The anagram game that will drive you bananas! Players arrange their tiles to form crossword grids. The person to get rid of all of their tiles first, wins!
PerfectionChildren's game - You're racing the clock in this quick-thinking piece matching game. Put the pieces into their designated slots before time runs out. If you don't hurry, POW goes Perfection!
Hi Ho! Cherry-OChildren's game - This is a fun, fruity game that will help kids develop math skills.
Big Boggle Shake up the lettered cubes and try to find as many hidden words as you can!
Scrambled States Based on Laurie Keller's hilarious book, The Scrambled States of America. This game helps players learn all about the 50 states and capitals, as well as fun-facts about their history!
UKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game Find hidden clues during this treasure hunt around the house! Ukloo teaches kid basic reading and spelling skills.
Great States This is a super fun timed quiz about states and capitols! Enjoy learning while playing this awesome game.
ThinkFun Zingo This game is a silly twist on Bingo. Pull the "Zinger" to reveal two mystery tiles and be the first person to call out the matching tiles in your hand.
MahjongTile-based game - Legend has it that Confucius invented mahjong in ancient China. It is a tile game similar to Rummy where players use tiles with Chinese symbols on them to defeat their opponent.
Rush Hour Jr. Shift blocking cars and trucks out of your way to get to the exit! This game basically replicates what it's like to be on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles at 3pm on a Friday.
Thinkfun Roll and Play Board Game Children roll the dice to find out which activity to perform, such as, "make a happy face," or "clap your hands." This game helps young children develop their fine motor skills.
Loaded Questions One player rolls the dice and reads aloud a question that the rest of the players have to give their own, personal answers to. After the roller collects the responses, he or she tries to figure out who said what!
ThinkFun Bug Trails Match the bug legs to advance further in the game. The first person to run out of colorful bug legs wins.
Dabble - the Fast Thinking Word Game This fast-paced word game teaches spelling, vocabulary, and quick-thinking.
Shape-O-Metry Solve puzzle challenges by stacking similar blue and green pieces on top of one another. This games helps kids develop spatial, abstract, and quantitative reasoning.
Educational Insights Shelby's Snack Shack Game Uh-oh! Shelby the puppy buried her bones in the sand, and she needs YOUR help to find them! This game helps kids develop counting skills, as well as motor skills and social skills.
Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know It This is trivia with a twist. In this game, it isn't what you know that matters, but rather, what you think your friends might know. Place bets on whether your friends will know the answer to a question or not. Score points by ...
BalderdashParty game - Players in this game make up phony answers to real questions. The person with the most believable--or the correct--answer wins!
Zingo Word Builder A word-building version of classic Bingo.
Ravensburger Rivers, Roads and Rails Build an intricate network of roads, waterways, and railway lines using these matching cards.
Shoot-The-Moon Balance the ball on the track while moving the rails to send the ball uphill. It's more challenging than it looks!
Mind Pursuit Test your knowledge on questions divided into 6 categories: Sports, Entertainment, Nature, Art, Geography, and Miscellaneous.
Zingo Time-Telling Board Game Players will learn how to read the clock and turn analog time into digital during this fun, family friendly game.
Equate: the Equation Thinking Game Have fun creating and solving crossword-style equations.
My First Orchard Players roll a dice to harvest fruit. But watch out! If the raven reaches your fruit before you harvest it, you might lose the game!
Gravity Maze For each challenge, find a way to build a path to get your marble safely to the target.
Wit's End Packed with riddles and brain teasers on history, popular culture, geography, arts and more, the game features 1600 questions and 4 unique categories: Sequence, Wild Card, Teaser and Odd 1 Out.
Geek Battle This game challenges your inner geek. These trivia questions are primarily focused on typically "geeky" subjects, like science, fantasy, sci-fi, comics, and gaming.
Educational Insights Super Sleuth Vocabulary Game Crack codes and solve mysteries involving synonems, antonyms, homophones, and multiple-meaning words.