Board Games for Homeschoolers
Okay, so obviously any board game is a board game for homeschoolers. All games were meant to be played by anyone who wants to play them. At Game Goblins we believe that wholeheartedly. You wanna spend hours painting tiny miniatures just to ruin them with mathematically realistic catapults? Warhammer is for you! Do you want a quick card game that anyone can learn to play? Dominion is on our test shelf, ma’am. Into 4-hour board game sessions that you also need a pen and paper and an app to play? Alchemists – trust us.
You can learn a whole host of skills and strategies from any game that you play. That being said, there a host of educational games that can supplement your homeschool studies and bring you together with like-minded people. Gaming is all about playing with friends! Let’s go over a few of our favorites.
Ticket to Ride
Ticket to Ride is a fantastic entry game that isn’t too difficult to learn in one sitting and can be played with up to four people. The premise of the game is that you must complete the most/the longest routes across the board with your train cars and the person with the most points at the end wins! But be careful not to take on more than you can handle – any route you don’t complete is deducted from the final score! This game is also a sneakily easy way to learn the general location of cities around the US and lower Canada (or Europe if you’re playing one of the other versions of the game). This is one of our favorite board games for homeschoolers.
Settlers of Catan is a true classic. If you’ve never tried it, now is the time to start! In this strategy game, you’re trying to settle the land by gathering resources needed to build homes, towns, and roads. It’s a game that requires planning, forethought, and flexibility. And the junior version means that all ages can play! It may be a little less difficult than the original, but it’s definitely not less fun. And in the junior version – there are pirates! This can be a great way to start a discussion about what it must have been like for early settlers here in America – how does the game highlight those difficulties? Do you think it’s a vaguely accurate portrayal? World-build with your friends and give your towns their own names and backstories! It makes it even more fun. After you’ve mastered the original you can try one of the 32 expansion sets – you’ll never have time to be bored again.
“A Vonderful Goot Game!” as it says on the packaging. Dutch Blitz is an Amish-themed card game that’s like playing competitive Solitaire at lightning speed. You can play with up to four people, or you can buy the expansion pack and play with up to eight! The more people, the more beautiful chaos ensues as you try desperately to stack cards in numerical piles in the middle of the table. The first person to get rid of all of their cards yells “Dutch Blitz!” and wins! Don’t make the tragic mistake of forgetting to yell out – it’s a heartbreaker when that’s the reason you lose. This game is a test of memory, hand-eye coordination, and speed. Take three strangers and put them in this game and by the end, they’ll be shouting and groaning and slapping each other’s backs like they’ve been life-long friends.
Do you remember the old elementary-school game “Telephone”? You’d sit in a line and the first kid would whisper a sentence in the next kid’s ear. That kid would repeat what he heard and so on until the end of the line when the last kid would tell us what he ended up with – and it was always a ridiculous mess! Telestrations is like that, but everyone plays at once and there’s drawing involved. Stick with us for a minute…
First, you write a sentence on the first of a stack of papers. Then you hand it to the next person and they draw your sentence. Then the drawing is passed and that person has to guess the sentence from the drawing! And so on and so forth – each turn you are either writing or drawing and by the time your original sentence gets back to you, you’re sure to have something ridiculous and hilarious to show the group. We’ve literally never made it through this game without laughing till our sides ached. It’s a great way to get to know people and show off your imagination. And you don’t have to be good at drawing! The stick figure pictures are almost always the best.
Forbidden Desert is perfect for new groups of friends because it’s a cooperative board game. That means that you and your fellow players are all on the same team, trying to accomplish the aim of the game rather than competing against one another. This is a great way to avoid hurting anyone’s feelings because you succeed or fail as a team.
This game is structured around the idea of a group of adventurers out to recover a legendary flying machine that was lost deep in the ruins of an ancient city in the middle of a desert. To beat the heat and the relentless sandstorms, you’ll have to work with your teammates to find and use every possible resource. Find the flying machine and escape the desert before it’s too late and you perish in the ruins!
If you’re still looking for your favorite board game for homeschoolers or if you want to try out one of these games – or any others on our shelves! – just come on over to Game Goblins and test them out in our gameplay area. We have a whole library to choose from! And we also host special events just for homeschoolers who want to play board games and meet other like-minded kids.