Table Top Games and Homeschooling

Table Top Games and more

My son, Noah (28), keeps 20+ games in the trunk of his car. Why?

Because you never know when a chance to play a game with a group of people may pop up!

By popular request, Noah joined me to share his PASSION for games–the kind that don’t require a computer or gaming system. We looked at the physical products (didn’t just talk about them), and he shared age ranges, styles of games, and which ones to try based on your families’ preferences.

Enjoy the scope (games mentioned are listed below) and see how gaming enhances family life and education!

Games mentioned:

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Carcassonne Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 30-90 minutes
Hanabi Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 20-30 minutes
King of Tokyo Ages 8+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 30 minutes
Pandemic Ages 8+ / 2-4 Players/ Play time: 45-60 minutes
Small World Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 45-60 minutes
Sushi GO! Ages 8+ / 2 to 5 players / Play time: 15 minutes
Ticket to Ride Ages 8+ / 2-5 players / Play time: 30-60 minutes
Zooreka Ages 8+ / 2-4 players/ Play time: 40 minutes
Cosmic Encounter Ages 10+ / 3-5 players / Play time: 60-120 minutes
Eminent Domain Ages 10+ / 2-4 players / Play time: 45 minutes
Forbidden Desert Ages 10+ / 2 to 5 players / Play time: 45 minutes
Galaxy Trucker Ages 10+ / 2-4 players / Play time: 60 minutes
Shadows Over Camelot Ages 10+ / 3-7 players / Play time: 60-90 minutes
Settlers of Catan Ages 10+ / 3-4 players / Play time: 60 minute
Apples to Apples Ages 12+ / 4-10 players / 30-60 minutes (Junior version for 9+)
Catch Phrase Ages 12+ / 4-16 players / Play time: 30 minutes
Cranium Ages 12+ / 4-16 players / Play time: 60 minutes
Power Grid Ages 12+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 2 hours
Scattergories Ages 13+ / 2-4 teams / Play time: 30 minutes
Twilight Struggle Ages 13+ / 2 players / Play time: 3 hours
Codenames Ages 14+ / 2 to 8+ players / Play time: 15 minutes
Spinergy Ages 15+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 60 minutes

RPGs (Role Playing Games)

Mouse Guard All Ages
Do: Pilgrims of the Flying Temple Ages 12+
Fate Ages 13+

Noah’s Favorite Five Board Games:

Pandemic Ages 8+ / 2-4 Players/ Play time: 45-60 minutes
Eminent Domain Ages 10+ / 2-4 players / Play time: 45 minutes
Cosmic Encounter Ages 10+ / 3-5 players / Play time: 60-120 minutes
Power Grid Ages 12+ / 2-6 players / Play time: 2 hours
Twilight Struggle Ages 13+ / 2 players / Play time: 3 hours

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And be sure to check out your area for local game stores! Many keep games available for anyone to come in and play with friends or family (with staff who can explain rules when needed), and some also host events and tournaments.

Informative website: BoardGameGeek

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