QwirkleWe love board and card games. Unlike most video games, they provide a great venue to interact with your children (and other adults) and many of them are truly educational. They may teach vocabulary, math, geography, music, and lots of critical thinking.

We have scheduled a couple of hours every week specifically for game playing. The kid really look forward to it (and so do I).

Below are some of our favorite educational games as well as those contributed by attendees of my speaking engagements. My personal top 10 favorites as of today (very hard to choose) are bolded (and are subject to change next week).

Please add your own favorite games in the comments. You can never have too many games!

Best Educational Family Games

  1. 10 Days in Africa
  2. 10 Days in Asia
  3. 10 Days in Europe
  4. 10 Days in the USA
  5. AmuseAmaze
  6. Apples to Apples
  7. Balderdash
  8. Blokus
  9. Boggle
  10. Chess
  11. Cityscape
  12. Clue
  13. Curses
  14. Dominion
  15. Doubles Wild
  16. Eye Know
  17. Global Pursuit
  18. Hit or Miss
  19. Ingenious
  20. Knock-Out
  21. Marrakech
  22. Monopoly
  23. Muggins
  24. Octiles
  25. Oh, Scrud!
  26. Othello
  27. Pictionary
  28. Pylos
  29. Quarto
  30. Quiddler
  31. Quixo
  32. Quoridor
  33. Qwirkle
  34. Racko
  35. Risk
  36. Rook
  37. Rumis
  38. Rummikub
  39. Rush Hour
  40. Scattergories
  41. Scrabble
  42. Scum
  43. Set
  44. Settlers of Catan
  45. Shapes Up
  46. Smart Mouth
  47. Smath
  48. Some Body
  49. Sorry
  50. Stratum
  51. Such & Such
  52. Taboo
  53. Time's Up
  54. Traverse
  55. True Math
  56. True Science
  57. Where in the World?
  58. Yinish
  59. Zèrtz
  60. ZΓͺtre

More Educational Family Games

Additional recommendations from reader comments.

What are your favorite educational family games?