The Best Classic Board Games to Teach Turn-Taking

Updated: Jan 6, 2020

Boards games have always been popular and they continue to reach new audiences all the time. Some of these games have managed to retain lots of popularity for decades now. For the last couple of generations, these games have provided quality entertainment and fun for everyone involved. Each family has there own favorite memories playing these games which explains why these games continue to be with us today. 

While these games can be great for bringing families together, they also can play a influential role in teaching young kids about turn-taking. When kids are first introduced to board games, they do not understand that they have to wait for others to do their turn before they can do theirs. Often times, they usually want to just roll the dice, spin the dial or flip the cards over until they. have completed the game, while completely ignoring others in the group. This is very typical of young kids and why board games can play an important role in teaching them how to wait their turn.

Here are some of the best classic board games that your entire family can play today.

Candy Land

Candy Land is a creative racing themed board game published by Hasbro. It was created in 1949 and it can be played by 2-4 players. There’s no reading or minimal counting skill requirement, so it’s great for kids. You just have to follow directions, there are no choices to be made.

Chutes and Ladders 

Chutes and Ladders is a commercial version of the old snakes and ladders game. The idea is simple, you have 100 squares that you need to progress through while hoping to speed up the process by climbing a ladder and avoiding the slides back down. You get to learn a lot of stuff while also connecting with and understanding the people you play with.


Life is an interesting title because it allows you to start off young and then explore new situations and challenges you will encounter as you grow up. This includes jobs, marriage and retirement.


Sorry is based on the cross and circle game Pachisi. You have to travel around the board with your pieces faster than the other players to win.


Clue is a murder mystery game where you have to figure out who murdered the victim. It’s a very comprehensive, fun mystery game.


Monopoly is a board game where you trade properties and establish a great business or bring yourself to bankruptcy. You have penalties, bonuses and house rules, as well as many variations of the game.


Scrabble is a word game where you need to score points by adding tiles and creating words based on a certain letter designated by players.


Risk is a stellar, unique and fun strategy board game of diplomacy, conquest and conflict. You play on the political map of earth and you will have to control everything and eliminate enemies.


In Stratego players have 40 officers and you have to find as well as capture the opponent’s flag in order to win.


When you play Trouble you race around the board and try to compete against the others to be the first one at the destination. If you’re not first, you will lose the game.


This game requires you to sink all the battleships from the enemy board, all while trying to keep your own afloat. Battleships are placed randomly or strategically by players before the game starts.

Mouse Trap

Mouse Trap requires you to create a mouse trap and push the mouse-shape game piece from other players into your trap. And you need to protect your own mouse too.


Yahtzee comes with a multitude of variations, but in general you need to score points as you roll 5 dice in order to make multiple combinations. Dices can be rolled up 3 times in a turn if the players agree to this rule.


Twister’s unique idea is to reach the designated color with your hands or feet. The first person that doesn’t complete the task and falls will lose.

Don’t Break the Ice

Don’t Break the Ice is a tabletop game for 2-4 players. It’s great for kids and you will need to remove blocks from the board without breaking the ice. 

Pay Day

When you play Pay Day you will have a great money management simulation experience. The game board is pretty much a calendar month and you will have to invest, collect money, you will have bills to pay and so on. The person that has the most money at the end wins.

Guess Who 

Guess Who can be played by 2 people and you will have to eliminate candidates from the 24 images as you try to figure out what person is the other player talking about.


Operation is a battery-operated board game where you have to test your dexterity. The idea is that you need to make sure the patient in front of you stays alive. If you don’t operate properly, you will lose.

Ants in the Pants

Ants in the Pants was created as a tabletop game for up to 4 players and you will need to add as many ants in your miniature’s pants without spilling. The player which has the most ants will win.


Parcheesi is an American adaptation of the Indian Cross and Circle game Pachisi. You will have to roll the dice and move your piece towards the designated location in order to win.


The goal is in this game is to be the first one to move all your pieces to your home circle by flipping cards over that tell you how many spaces to move. But watch out as other players can pick up cards that allow them to switch places with your or send you back to start.

Hungry Hippo

When you play Hungry Hippo you will have to collect as many marbles as you can with the hippo in order to win. The game can be played by 2 players, but it’s designed with 4 players in mind.


Aggravation supports up to 6 players and the idea here is that you need to have all the playing pieces reach the home section of the board. If you do that, you will win.


There may be a plethora of video games and mobile games right now, but the reality is that classic board games have been providing decades of entertainment. Most importantly, these classic board games have offered for children and youth to learn the valuable lessons around patience and turn-taking. So much valuable practice over can come from playing these classic board games. That’s why you need to check them out and give them a try if possible, they will be worth it!

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