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Top 10 Language-Based Board Games for Elementary Kids

If given the choice between learning vocabulary words via a worksheet or learning those same words and countless others while playing a board game, my kids...and I'd venture to say almost ALL kids...would choose option B.

For this reason, I've tried to stock our game closet full of family-friendly, brain-building games that can serve as the much-needed "jazz hands" to an otherwise run-of-the-mill homeschool lesson. 

Top 10 Language-Based Board Games for Elementary Kids-The Unlikely Homeschool

To my recollection, I've only purchased TWO brand new game since having children.  I can usually find my "wish list" games at garage sales, my annual state-wide homeschool convention, or the game section of second-hand stores.  The point being, you don't have to go into debt to provide a wonderful selection of the best-of-the-best.  Just keep a running list of the games and manipulatives you'd like to add to your homeschool cabinet, and be on the look-out for great deals.

I'm not one to offer unsolicited advice {awkward cough}, but if you're askin', here are my TOP 10 suggestions for language-based board games for elementary-aged kids.

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Top 10 Language-Based Board Games for Elementary Kids-The Unlikely Homeschool

  1. Blurt - Educational Insights
  2. Buzzword Junior - Patchwork Products
  3. Scattergories Junior - Milton Bradley
  4. In A Pickle - Gamewright
  5. Boggle or Boggle Junior - Parker Brothers
  6. Bananagrams - Bananagrams
  7. Apples to Apples Junior - Mattel
  8. Balderdash Junior - Western Publishing
  9. Outburst Junior - Mattel
  10. You've Been Sentenced - McNeill Designs

What would you add to the list?

Today I am joining up with the lovely ladies of iHomeschool Network who are sharing their Top 10 must have toys in different categories.  Be sure to swing on over and check out the other lists.  Many thanks to our blog hop host, Angie of Many Little Blessings


  1. "awkward cough" hahahaha! Too funny!

  2. Chutes and Ladders is supposed to be great for beginning math skills.

    1. My little guys like to play that one! Good for number recognition. I just wish it were a little bit shorter in play length.

  3. Thanks so much for including You've been Sentenced! in your Top 10 language games list -- we're so glad your family enjoys the game. It's definitely a fave among homeschool families. I also enjoyed your post about allowance -- kudos to you for teaching your kids SO well!!

    Susan McNeill
    McNeill Designs for Brighter Minds
    creators of the You've been Sentenced! word game

    1. You're welcome! Great job on creating such a fun game.

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  5. The Game of Life has become pretty convoluted, but kids still like to play it. We used to play board games all summer long in the floor, usually in the doorway to the kitchen.

  6. Taboo is another really language enriched game.