In a world of electronics and endless TikToks (Not sure what a Tik-Tok is? Don’t worry, me neither), board games give kids space to stretch their imaginations beyond the screens. They can immerse themselves in worlds of glory, danger or even scheme their way to landlord riches.
Kids are sponges and soak up everything around them. What’s better than fostering a lifelong love of board games? An added bonus being they develop some important cognitive skills all while having fun.
We’ve scoured the shelves and playtested our favorites with friends and family, and have come up with the best board games for 10-year-olds that we could find.
Get ready! Let’s dive into the best board games for 10-year-olds.
Our Top Picks for Best Board Games for 10-Year-Olds
In a hurry? Check out our favorites before you dash off.
#1. King of Tokyo
Playing Time: 30 mins
Monsters are rampaging through the city! Which giant Kaiju monster will claim dominion over Tokyo? Maybe it’ll be you.
Players battle it out with various monsters, aliens, and robots. With brilliant graphics and a fast-moving game time, King of Tokyo is a great choice for all ages. But, with its artwork, and fast-paced action it makes it a perfect choice for 10-year-olds.
- For 2 6 players
- 30 minute playing time
- New artwork by Regis Torres, illustrator of King of new York
Playing Time: 30mins
Splendor is a board game all about increasing your wealth. It’s a simple game in which players build up trade routes to try to become titans of the gem industry.
Nobles, kings, and queens all appear as you collect more gem tokens and secure your trading strategy. Splendor is a quick game that’s super simple to learn and perfect for those less experienced players! You can also get your gem-game on with the popular Marvel expansion pack too.
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#3. Forbidden Island
Playing Time: 30mins
All players must team-up to complete this do-or-die mission. The aim of the game is to collect the sacred treasures before the island sinks beneath you. Players have to think fast using problem-solving and strategic skills.
Playing Time: 60-120mins
A giant in the board game world, Catan is a fantastic addition to your board game collection. It’s a multi-award-winning game that’s been in print for two decades straight with lots of expansions to explore even more of the world of Catan.
So what’s all the hype about?
Catan is beloved by all ages and has a very high replay value, meaning more bang for your bucks. In Catan, 3 to 4 players will spend time building up their settlements and cities to be the dominant force on the board.
Players trade, build and settle to compete for victory points. But beware! Robbers can give a player the chance to steal a card when a 7 is rolled. No two games are alike in Catan and it’s a great game for 10-year-olds to learn basic board game strategy.
Catan can teach players to use foresight and develop long-term strategy skills. This game is an absolute must for family game nights.
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- BUILD AND/OR JOIN A COMMUNITY: Whether you play as a family, a...
Playing Time: 20mins
Santorini is a strategy-based game that’s still easy enough to use for 10-year-olds. The main objective of this game is to ‘build like a mortal and win like a god’, meaning the first player to build up three-story, wins.
Players can play one-on-one or use some teamwork and play two against two. There are Greek God cards that can completely change the direction of the game and keep players on their toes. Also, the game has some beautiful set pieces that make you feel like you are building ancient Greece itself.
The great thing about Santorini is each game’s difficulty level can be altered to suit the level of players. A perfect game for 10-year-olds to play while growing and moving up difficulty levels.
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- Play against an opponent or team up and play two against two.
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Playing Time: 30-45mins
Azul is for the decorators and pattern-makers among us. Players take turns drafting beautifully-colored tiles and placing them on the board. Once tiles are on the board, players try to create particular patterns for extra points. The player with the most points wins. Super easy, right?
Although the game starts off pretty relaxed, once the tiles fill up and patterns need to be made, the game can start to get pretty intense.
Azul is great for kids as the rules are easy to understand but it still requires strategy and thinking ahead to plan your patterns. Give Azul a try and mosaic your way to victory.
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- COMPETITIVE AND CHALLENGING: Every tile you claim affects what...
Playing Time: 30- 45mins
If you are looking for something similar to Azul but a bit more challenging, Carcassonne could be the right fit. It has a similar premise to Azul but with a French landscape and a couple more meeples.
Carcassonne has a similar tile placement mechanic but each tile is a city, grassland, or road that must be placed to connect the landscape. Taking the decision-making a step further, players can then decide whether to place a meeple on the title. There’s a variety of meeples such as farmers, knights, monks, and even some robbers.
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#8. Small World
Players: 2- 5
Playing Time: 40- 80mins
Small World calls players to step into a magical medieval fantasy world that’s just too small for everyone to get along. With a diverse list of characters such as wizards, orcs, Amazons, giants, dwarves, and humans, just to name a few, a magical time will be had while trying to conquer the world!
Small World is a 2 to 5-player game in which choosing the right powers and character races are integral in gaining and controlling territory. Fast-paced, colorful, and strategic, playing Small World is a fun time for children to immerse themselves in this whimsical world.
Playing Time: 45mins
A game with some of the most beautiful minimalist graphics, Tokaido is all about the journey. This is a perfect game for those who aren’t as competitive and enjoy playing more so than winning. There’s still plenty of strategy involved in Tokaido, but players are rewarded for having the most luxurious trip, not for rushing to the finish line.
Tokaido takes players on a journey to cross the ‘East sea road’. Players follow down the track in a point-to-point movement. Along the way you collect beautiful items, visit wonderful places, and eat delicious meals. Tokaido offers a very calming experience for gamers and is an excellent way to relax with the family after you’ve picked up the Monopoly pieces off the floor.
- For 2 to 5 Players, 45 minute playing time
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Playing Time: 90mins
Want to feel like the real Indiana Jones, searching for lost temples and ancient treasures in Tikal’s Central American jungle? Tikal is an exploration game with adventure and, of course, lots and lots of treasure!
It’s the first game of a trilogy, with really fun game pieces that take you far into the jungle to explore the ancient Mayan world. In this game, each player is the director of their expedition to uncover hidden riches. A fun easy-to-learn game that’s great for the elementary age group.
#11. Codenames: Pictures
Playing Time: 15mins
From Indiana Jones to 007, become the ultimate spymaster and uncover clues. The popular Codenames board game now has a pictures edition, making it a little easier and perfect for children 10-years-old and up.
Codenames: Pictures is a picture card game that has all your favorite agents, double agents, innocent bystanders, and even assassins. The game follows two rival spies that give coded messages of operations and meetings. The teams must work to decode their messages and contact their agents first.
Codenames works well for kids’ parties or groups as it’s got a fast game play time and a high number of players that can join in. Live out a secret agent life in this fun deduction card game.
- A picture-perfect spin on the classic Codenames party game
- 2-8+ player (in two teams)
- 15 minutes playtime
Playing Time: 20mins
Labyrinth is a children’s board game staple. Filled with puzzles and mazes, it’s a great educational game for kids to practice their route-building skills while they find their way through the labyrinth. Players must move tiles and through the moving paths to find the treasures.
The ever-shifting board in Labyrinth makes every game completely new and different. This game has incredible replayability, which is perfect to keep any 10-year old occupied.
Having been around for decades, Labyrinth is definitely essential for your family’s board game collection.
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Playing Time: 15mins
Expand your kingdom and rule over the masses with a territory-building board game. Kingdomino is like playing dominoes but with a fantasy kingdom twist. Instead of the classic Domino pips, the Kingdomino tiles are made up are colorful regions that can be matched up just like traditional Dominos.
Players take on the roles of lords and look for ways to expand their kingdoms by matching landscape tiles to each other. Points are counted at the end of the game and the winner is crowned Kingdomino of the lands!
This game is simple to set up and rules are quick and easy to explain making it a great game for elementary and middle schoolers to play by themselves or with the family. From 10-year-olds to adults Kingdomino is one of those fantastic games that will constantly hit the game table.
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#14. Tsuro: The Game of the Path
Playing Time: 15-20mins
Have you always wanted to be a dragon? Are you envious of those show-off dragons in A Game of Thrones? Well, now’s your chance!
In Tsuro, all players are dragons fiercely flying over and creating paths. Ok, well, your stone piece is a dragon but you can imagine.
Tsuro boasts itself as a ‘family strategy’ board game. It lives up to the family part. The game is great for all ages and hits that sweet spot of fun and simplicity that is perfect for 10-year-olds. Adults can enjoy it as the board changes every time you play it while kids have fun and can keep up with the simple rules and quick playtime.
The aim of the game is quite simple. Players lay down a tile and must continue on the path set out for them. If you also happen to force your opponents to fly off the board or crash into another dragon, then all the better. The last player standing who hasn’t crashed or flown off into oblivion wins. Simple, sweet, and perfect family fun.
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#15. Imhotep: Builder of Egypt
Playing Time: 40mins
Let’s head to Egypt for number 15 on this list!
Imhotep is an easy-to-learn worker placement game. Players work to build up a great Egyptian city, including pyramids, tombs, and temples.
Players simply need to add stone blocks by boat to the locations they want to build. Easy right?
Everyone also is using those same boats and your blocks meant for one part of the city could potentially end up somewhere different. Imhotep is one of those simple board games that everyone can jump into and get lost in.
Imhotep is a perfect family-friendly game that’s fantastic for 10-year-olds all the way up to grandparents.
- By Phil walker-harding, designer of sushi go, small world,...
- 2016 Spiel des Jahres nominee
- A strategy game for 2-4 players
Playing Time: 30- 60mins
Didn’t think trees could be that competitive? Think again.
In Photosynthesis, you become one with nature and compete against other trees for the sunlight. One of the greatest environmental board games, Photosynthesis can help teach children about nature, life cycles, and the importance of sunlight in photosynthesis. It’s even in the name!
Another plus is the game is focused on being environmentally-friendly and only uses recycled materials. A great learning moment can be had all while cultivating an ever-changing forest.
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#17. 7 Wonders
Players: 2- 7
Playing Time: 30mins
Build a civilization and lead it to everlasting glory.
In 7 Wonders, players work to develop their cities economically, scientifically, culturally, and militarily. As a great leader of the Ancient World, this game is a simple introduction to the necessary ingredients for civilizational prosperity.
Kids of all ages will enjoy 7 Wonders as there’s little downtime. And because of the many cards and boards, it can feel new and exciting each time you play. For a great 2-player experience, you can also try out 7 Wonders: Duel.
Why not sharpen one’s leadership and military skills at 10-years-old?
#18. Ticket to Ride
Players: 2- 5
Playing Time: 30- 60mins
The epitome of a gateway game, Ticket to Ride is an exciting route-building game in which players can dive into the world of train travel! Ticket to Ride is a vastly replayable game in which players draw cards, collect train cars, and try to create the most (and best) routes possible.
It’s so easy to teach, easy to learn, and easy to play, it’s no wonder that Ticket to Ride has become a modern classic. And with so many expansions having been released, like Europe, Asia, The Heart Of Africa, or even Nederland, you can see even more of the world by train.
Get your ticket stamped and enjoy the ride!
Playing Time: 42 mins
Murder, mystery, and psychic visions are all part of the set-up of this ghostly game. In Mysterium, players delve into psychic visions from a ghost to try to figure out who committed the terrible crime at Warwick Manor in the classic ‘whodunnit’ premise.
One player is the ghost and tries to supernaturally lead investigators to the murderer. The rest of the players get ‘visions’ every night to figure out the who, where, and with what weapon. It’s a fun, cooperative investigation board game with high replayability.
So who committed the crime? Play to find out!
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#20. Monopoly: Cheaters Edition
Playing Time: 60-180 mins
Ah yes, the classic, the product of capitalism, the game we love to hate, Monopoly. Surely no game has been flipped off the table more than Monopoly? Yet, playing it seems to be a right of passage we all must take. So why not make it fun?
Monopoly’s Cheaters Edition does just this. With Cheaters Edition, we no longer have to worry about ending friendships or splitting families. This edition ensures endless laughs, as cheating is all but encouraged. But don’t get caught, as the game includes actual plastic handcuffs! Cheat cards reward players and the player with the most money wins.
Bending and breaking the rules is the name of the game. Cheaters Edition is a quirky spin on an old classic that incites naughtiness around the table. It’s hard not to have a good time with this one.
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These are just a few of the many board games available for 10-year-olds. Board games allow kids to delve into different worlds, boosting confidence and developing important cognitive skills — not to mention bringing the family together to create some fun lasting memories.
So, whether you’re looking for a game to entertain your children or some fun for the whole family, these age-appropriate board games are sure to delight.
We hope you enjoyed our list of the best board games for 10-year-olds! Have you or your kids tried any of the games on this list? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our picks or maybe even your favorite board game when you were growing up. Leave a comment below!