25 Best Games for Kids and Teens, 2017
Games for kids are definitely different than when I was a kid! Not to sound like an old fuddy-duddy, but many of the games I played as a kid to include Operation, Candy Land, Monopoly, Mousetrap, Spirograph and Hungry Hippos were pretty basic by today’s standards. I remember when Mousetrap first came out. I was super excited to play with the crazy maze-like contraption, but I must have been way over my head because I remember being pretty disappointed when I couldn’t understand HOW to play it (hey, I was only 6).
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I am super happy to see that board games and card games are making a comeback. With the holiday season right around the corner, they also make a great gift for a family or an all-in-one for several kids!
Most trending games seem to carry themes of over the top silliness, gross, farts, getting sprayed with water – or all of the above. Take for example the list below of the top selling games for kids right now and you will see a pattern. I refrained from listing many of the games on the market due to poor ratings, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that many are poop, booger and fart related. Not to say I wouldn’t have laughed my head off at age 8 with poop and fart games, they just weren’t available. If I wanted that kind of fun, I was just going to have to buy a whoopie cushion. 🙂 Which I did.
So, if you are looking for a gift idea for a kid or your teenager, look no further than a great game to keep them and their friends entertained! Scroll down to the end for more game ideas for Teens, too!
Top Rated Games for Kids and Tweens
The action-packed, suspense-filled board game of bath time fun!
Race around the board and take turns giving Soggy Doggy a bath. But watch out! He loves to shake himself dry!
Girls Rule! No boys allowed! Unplugged fun. The Girl Game will tell your BFF what you’re all about. Take the giggle-making challenges and collect Personality cards to fill in your Storyboard. Some cards you will want to keep…Some you will play hard to give away! After completing the last challenge, every girl takes a turn reading her Storyboard to the group. Stand back! Uncontrollable giggling will begin!
Now in addition to telling ghost stories, staying up late, and playing truth or dare, girls can play everyone’s favorite word game at their next sleepover. With 21 stories that’ll have everyone giggling all night long, this book will be the _________ [noun] of the party!
Granny loves biscuits! So much so that she’s fallen asleep with a whole tray of them on her lap – what a Greedy Granny! Your mission is to take a biscuit of each type from Granny’s tray as carefully and quietly as you can. One wrong move will wake her and send her teeth flying!
Bears Vs. Babies (New!)
Stitch together a Handsome Salmon armed with knives and burritos, or a Pomeranian of Light and Wonder in business attire who can run at the speed of light. Give your creation limbs, weapons, and special hats to help prepare them. In this highly strategic party game by the creators of The Oatmeal and Exploding Kittens, outbuild the babies and other players to win!
France’s 2016 Toy of the Year launches in the US! Players put the chickens in the Fox’s pockets and press down on his head – you never know when his pants will disappear, sending the chickens scurrying!
A Party Event for Gatherings of 3 to 8 The Mystery: The year is 1913 and you are the lucky winner of a free stay at Foxcrest Retreat, where the famed Dr. Gravely has improved upon the latest in spa treatments and relaxation for those of high social standing. You take a long all-expense-paid train ride to the retreat. Upon your arrival, however, you and your fellow guests may find the “health retreat” is not what it seems… The Objective: Work with your guests to discover the dark secret of Dr. Gravely’s retreat by finding clues and solving puzzles. But be careful…in the story, the doors have shut and locked behind you. Will you and your guests discover the secret and escape the room before time runs out? Age 13+
Silly, easy-to-play game! Place the noodles across the top of the bowl and sit Yeti on top, take turns removing the noodles one-by-one without letting Yeti fall. If you make Yeti fall, you lose! [Great game for little girls and boys]
(Good game for little ones) Which flush will cause the gush? Share some hilarious and suspense-filled moments as players take turns spinning the toilet paper roll, flushing the toilet handle, and hoping they don’t get sprayed with water! The number that turns up on the paper roll spinner dictates how many times each player must flush.
The Hearing Things Game, Hasbro’s twist on the online viral “Whisper Challenge” sensation, the Hearing Things Game has players guessing what they think their teammate is saying by reading their lips. One player puts on the speech-cancelling electronic headphones and the other player says the random phrase shown on the card. The player wearing the headphones can’t hear what their teammate is saying and has to figure it out to earn the card.
This award winning game has gotten even better-Stare! Junior 2nd Edition has all new images and larger cards. A fun game for kids that develops memory, concentration and imagination. Winner of the National Parenting Center Seal and the Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family.
Egged On game is Hasbro’s hilarious twist on the popular egg roulette challenge. Pick the right egg or get wet! Players take turns picking plastic eggs from the egg carton and ‘cracking’ them on their heads. Some of the eggs are filled with water. Pick the wrong one and get splashed by water. Not for kids under age 3
Moustache Smash is the matching game that is speedy, silly-looking fun! Each player keeps a moustache held up to their face. As each card is turned over, watch for a card matching your ‘stache in either color or shape. See a match, then smash it fast! Be the first to smash the ‘stache card and your moustache’s suction cup will pick it up and you score a point. But don’t smash the wrong card, or you’ll pay a penalty and lose two of your cards into the pot. Collect the most moustache cards and you win! Good for kids age 7+
The #2 best-selling new kids game of the last 5 years. Players pop a hamburger into the pig’s mouth, then pump his head
Googly Eyes Game
Put on the vision-altering goggles and draw–no need to be an artist Can you get your team to guess what you’re drawing before time runs out?
Get ready for the award winning, goofy guessing game of “What am I?” with Hedbanz kids use their heads in more ways than one while asking yes or no questions to figure out if the cartoon on their head.
Cool Games for Teens and Tweens
- Uno Emoji Cards
- Connect Four – a fun, classic game that never gets old!
- Apples to Apples – This game is an alternate, clean version of Cards Against Humanity!
- Exploding Kittens or Bears vs. Babies (new!)
- Simon Says
- Magic Emoji 8 Ball
- Code Names
- Catan – 5th Edition
- Ticket to Ride
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