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Good Educational Board Games for Kids  

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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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Concentration is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Use your memory to pair up matching cards. The player with the most card pairings wins! 
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Guess Who? is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Children's game
Ask questions to find out the identity of your opponent's mystery person! 
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Trivial Pursuit is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Trivia, Party game, Roll and move
Team up to answer fun trivia questions. 
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Simon Says is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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 the game! Simon Says is all about following directions according to exactly what Simon says.  

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Scattergories is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Time to get creative! Teams come up with answers to the categories listed on their cards.
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Operation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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! 
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Chess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Strategy game, Zero-sum game, Board game
Use strategic moves and lateral thinking to protect your queen at all costs. 
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Bananagrams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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! 
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Guinness World Records is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Guinness World Records
Based on the best-selling Guinness Book of World Records, this game tests your knowledge with a series of trivia questions. 
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Cranium is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Party 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! 
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Big Boggle is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Big Boggle
Shake up the lettered cubes and try to find as many hidden words as you can! 
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Perfection is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Children'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! 
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Scrambled States is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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! 
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Mahjong is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Tile-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. 
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Hi Ho! Cherry-O is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Children's game
This is a fun, fruity game that will help kids develop math skills.
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Great States is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Great States
This is a super fun timed quiz about states and capitols! Enjoy learning while playing this awesome game. 
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ThinkFun Zingo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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. 
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Loaded Questions is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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! 
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Rush Hour Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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. 
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UKloo Early Reader Treasure Hu... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
UKloo Early Reader Treasure Hunt Game
Find hidden clues during this treasure hunt around the house! Ukloo teaches kid basic reading and spelling skills. 
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Dabble - the Fast Thinking Wor... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
Dabble - the Fast Thinking Word Game
This fast-paced word game teaches spelling, vocabulary, and quick-thinking.
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Trivial Pursuit Bet You Know I... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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 guessing correctly. 
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Thinkfun Roll and Play Board G... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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. 
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Educational Insights Shelby... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
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. 
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ThinkFun Bug Trails is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Good Educational Board Games for Kids
ThinkFun Bug Trails
Match the bug legs to advance further in the game. The first person to run out of colorful bug legs wins.