From fast-paced fun to high-stakes strategy: 9 of the best board games for teenagers (and there's not a mobile phone in sight)

Our pick of the best board games for teenagers will teach your not-so-little-one some key life skills, and ensure some quality bonding time too

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The best board games for teenagers offer a chance for your teen to unplug from social media and connect with friends and family IRL.

When it comes to the teen years, the options for things to do as a family gets... a little scarce. Chances are your older kid is always on social media and has stopped taking your unsolicited advice, but a board game can be a great opportunity to spend some fun quality time together. But if Monopoly always descends into arguments, and that old Trivial Pursuit just doesn't tickle your teens fancy, then it might be time to invest in some teen-friendly board games that you can play as a family, or they can enjoy with their friends.

So, whether it's answering spellbinding questions in the Harry Potter 5 Second Rule game or facing the rotating wild cards in Five Crowns, we’ve rounded up nine of the best board games for teenagers, perfect for an epic game night line-up. 

Why are board games beneficial for teenagers?

Board games have a number of benefits for teenagers – from boosting their critical thinking to helping them hone their resilience.

  • Social skills: Board games force you to interact face-to-face. They require communication, strategy and sometimes negotiation.
  • Critical thinking: Games such as Settlers of Catan make your brain work overtime. You have to plan ahead, think strategically and adapt to whatever curveballs the other players throw at you.
  • Patience and resilience: Let's be real. Nobody likes to lose! Board games teach you how to handle it gracefully. You learn to bounce back, try again and maybe even laugh it off.
  • Bonding time: There's something special about gathering around a table and getting into a game together. It's a chance to bond, share some laughs and make memories with the whole family that don't involve staring at screens.
  • Unplug and unwind: In a world filled with constant digital distractions, board games offer a refreshing break. It's a chance to unplug, unwind and actually connect with family and friends in real life.

Playing board games mean your teen can learn and practice life-long skills, while making fun family memories at the same time.

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Daniella Gray
Family News & Wellbeing Writer

From building healthy family relationships to self-care tips for mums and parenting trends - Daniella also covers postnatal workouts and exercises for kids. After gaining a Print Journalism BA Hons degree and NCTJ Diploma in Journalism at Nottingham Trent University, Daniella started writing for Health & Wellbeing and co-hosted the Walk to Wellbeing podcast. She has also written for Stylist, Natural Health, The Sun UK and Fit & Well. In her free time, Daniella loves to travel, try out new fitness classes and cook for family and friends.