Our team took votes on our top 5 board games for nurturing creativity.
Recommended age 7+ to 10+ will appeal to kids who like making lists. I sure did. Why I still do! There are thirty-two cards in this game, featuring twelve categories each. Categories can include “Girl’s names”, “Thing that goes”, “School subject”, “Famous athletes”, or “Halloween costume ideas”. First, you choose your card, then roll a 26-sided die and to find out which letter all of the words in your categories should start with.
Recommended age 4+ to 7+ contains 300 magnets: each of them has a word on it, and they can be used for making poetry. Some words are for constructing grammatically functional sentences – the examples would be articles “a” and “the” or endings “s” and “ing”. But many words offer frequent poetic themes – spring, life, eternity, moon, stars, and so on. It is not a competitive game, but a rather meditative one – when you have a kit of magnetic poetry on your fridge, you can often see a guest pondering over its white doors with a dreamy look on his or her face.
The goal is to build cities, settlements, roads, and to collect development cards.
Each player uses various resources such as grain, ore, lumber, farm animals, or brick to sell or trade with other players. You get resources by rolling the dice and trading with other players. However, you must be on the lookout for someone trying to rob you or block your ability to trade.
Catan is a landmark game, and a modern classic of teaching social order wrapped up in play. It was awarded “Game of the Year,” in the United States and Germany and is considered an international favorite and an amazing board game for teens.
This is a classic game of battlefield strategy that has been around for over 50 years. Think of war and what it takes to fight the enemy using troops, spies, and infiltrators. You want to be the person to “capture the flag” and win the game.
Two armies clash and one is victorious. These are Napoleonic armies and each player must devise plans to deploy troops with strategic attacks and clever deception to break through the opponent’s line and capture the flag.
Hive is considered a board game, except there is no board. As each player adds pieces, the board is created. Hive comes with an excellent rulebook and explains all the different things each piece can/can’t do.
As more and more pieces are added; the game becomes a fight to see who can be the first to capture the opposing Queen Bee. Playing the game is easy and you can become quite proficient in a short amount of time.
Although not as intense as chess, it is more interesting than playing checkers. Unlike chess, the board is always changing (as you build the hive), and it’s easier than chess—even though you have to be on your toes thinking through each move.
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