Best Games For 10 Year Olds That Make Great Birthday Gifts

Best Games For 10 Year Olds That Make Great Birthday Gifts.

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In need of a gift idea for your 10-year-old's birthday?

Why not buy them a gift they can use time and time again: a game! We have plenty of picks in our list, with everything from the latest board games for the family to enjoy and even some video games.

Our selections feature character favourites such as Harry Potter, Minecraft and Pokémon, for more gifting ideas, take a look at these baby shower gifts or these Harry Potter gifts.

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Kidadl's Top Pick

1. Hasbro Connect 4 Shots Game

Hasbro Connect 4 Shots Game.

Our top pick is this unique twist on the popular game Connect 4. The Connect 4 Shots Game is a more rapid and exciting version of the game where players need to bounce lightweight balls into the Connect 4 grid with a twist. The Grid folds out to allow players to attempt to create four in a row. This game is designed for two players. However, it can incorporate many more, with the winner taking on the next player and so on. Connect 4 Shots is more about aim and precision as opposed to strategy like your classic game of Connect 4.

Main Features

  • Price: £20
  • Age: 8+
  • 2 or more players
  • Entertaining for all ages
  • Great for indoor play
  • Ideal for competitive kids (and adults)
  • The game contains a grid, 2 feet, cardboard backboard, 12 yellow balls, 12 red balls and an orange ball

Best For Learning Through Play

2. Horrible Histories Board Game

Horrible Histories Board Game.

If your 10-year-old is a fan of history, then they will love this history themed best board game for kids, based on the award winning Horrible History books. Make your way through different historical periods from the awful Ancients to the terrible Tudors even to more modern times, answering 'horrible' questions as you go. The board is split into four colour quadrants, each which represents an era. All of the players start in the centre of the board. The first player to make their way around the board via answering the questions wins. You roll the dice to determine how many spaces you should take on your go. With many twists and turns in store, this makes one of the best presents for 10-year-old boys and girls as well as a super fun board game for the family.

Main Features

  • Price: £16
  • Age: 8+
  • Number of players 2-4
  • Quick set up
  • Great for history fans
  • Educational board game
  • Fun for all of the family and full of twists and turns
  • This board game includes a board, 3 coloured dice, 4 colour coded question and answer booklets, character tokens and chance cards

Best Board Games For Disney Fanatics

3. Big Potato Disney Colour Brain

Big Potato Disney Colour Brain.

If you're looking for a kids' board game for your Disney mad 10-year-old, then you've found the perfect match! In this game you choose from one of the four Disney themed card sets which include 11 colour cards. Next, you need to take a colour capture card and pop it in your hand. Then put the question cards in the middle of the table, and you're ready to begin the game. Each team must place the colour card which they believe is the answer to the question card (for example, 'What colour is Woody's hat?'), face down on the table and shout colour brain. The rest of the teams then have 15 seconds to put down their answer. Once the time is up, everyone flips over their answers and then the question card to reveal the answer. You win the game by winning points for the correct answer, but only if other teams or players get it wrong. You get a point for each one that gets it wrong. If a team is winning, now is your time to use your colour steal card and take eight of their colour cards for the round; by doing this, they're more likely to get an incorrect colour. 10 points on the score sheet crown the winning team or player. This is one of the best board games for kids, as it's fun and gets them thinking about their Disney knowledge.

Main Features

  • Price: £19.99
  • Age: 6+
  • 4  players (or teams)
  • Easy to play card game (as long as you like Disney)
  • Includes lots of family fun
  • Has questions about all of your Disney and Pixar favourites
  • Tests even the biggest fans!
  • This game comes with a pad of score sheets, 250 Disney and Pixar question cards as well as 44 colour cards and 4 team cards to match what is on the score sheet

Best For Family Fun

4. XBOX One Just Dance 2020

XBOX One Just Dance 2020.

Gather your friends and family and have the ultimate dance off with Just Dance using your phone as a control, the whole family can join in! Whether your child is looking for games to play when bored or a new video game to have some fun. This game is ideal for fun all year round. With 40 new tracks and full of surprises, you can expect to set the dance floor on fire. This game is also ideal for working out, as it involves plenty of movement, so help your kids get active whilst playing Just Dance. This is a game that's suited for all 10-year-olds.

Main Features

  • Price: £30.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Can be single or multiplayer
  • Interactive
  • Great for exercise
  • A classic arcade game with a twist

Best For One Player

5. Pokémon Trainer Trivia Game

Pokémon Trainer Trivia Game.

This Pokémon game will turn you into a real Pokémon expert with 1000 questions for you to sink your teeth in. This game is excellent for avid fans of Pokemon and can even be played on your own. With the electronic game master taking care of everything, including explaining the rules and asking the questions. There are three levels of play, you can choose the difficulty level and try to beat your high score, and you get your friends involved and take on the multiplayer challenge. The game is an excellent pick for fun games to play, it is popular amongst other games for boys but we think girls will love it too.

Main Features

  • Price: £23
  • Age: 7+
  • Can be single or multiplayer
  • Great single player mode
  • Lights up and has sound effects
  • All in one game for kids
  • A unique trivia game

Best For Families On A Budget

6. Uno Minecraft Card Game

Uno Minecraft Card Game.

Are you looking for a game which is great for kids but also adults too? A twist on the classic game Uno, featuring Minecraft characters and unique twists, this game is a fast thinking game which involves you getting rid of all of the cards in your hand. The player who grabs the special Creeper rule card gains the ultimate control, forcing other players to draw three more cards from the pile, which fans of Uno will know can be the difference between winning and losing. When you're down to one card, be sure to shout 'UNO!' This is an excellent pick for four player games, we love this game for kids.

Main Features

  • Price: £7
  • Age: 7+
  • 4 or more players
  • Great budget price
  • Fun for all the family
  • Quick thinking card game

Best For Creativity

7. Animal Crossing New Horizons

Animal Crossing New Horizons.

If you're looking for a game to keep your child entertained for months on end, then Animal Crossing game is a perfect choice. Starting on your deserted island, you complete challenges, build your tools and meet new friends to create the ideal island. Search on mystery islands for new villagers to come and live on your island and even make best friends with them. This game involves dedication, and lots of love for your island as regular maintenance is required. This game is an excellent pick for creativity and also one of the best indoor games of the year. The game also offers seasonal updates for free throughout the year. Be sure to grab your 10-year-old a copy for their Nintendo Switch for a gift they will fall in love with. If your 10-year-old falls in love with the Animal Crossing game, one of the best apps for 10-year-olds out there at the moment is the free Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp app, be sure to download it on iOS or Android for any Animal Crossing fans!

Main Features

  • Price: £39.99
  • Age: 3+
  • Single player
  • Problem solving
  • Easy to understand
  • Fun to play for any age  
  • Encourages imaginative play

Best For Those Who Like Competitive Games

8. Harry Potter Scrabble

Harry Potter Scrabble.

If your kid is an avid Harry Potter fan, then they will love this special edition of Scrabble! It is a great family game whether you are looking at gifts for 10-year-old boys or girls. The unique edition game plays like the original, however it is based on words from Harry Potter (don't worry, it comes with a glossary to help along the way). When a player forms a word, they then get to draw a magical card which will help the player gain extra points on top of the points earned from the original word (scores can be added up from the book). This Harry Potter game is excellent for those who love spelling or even just the traditional version of Scrabble as this brings a whole new life to the game. Whether you're looking for kids' board games or the perfect gift for 10-year-olds, this Harry Potter board game is ideal.

Main Features

  • Price: £35
  • Age: 10+
  • 2 to 4 players
  • Like traditional scrabble but with a twist
  • Spelling game
  • Perfect for avid Harry Potter fans
  • The game comes with a board, 4 racks, a special word glossary and bag of tiles

Best For Quick Thinkers

9. 5 Second Rule Jr Game

5 Second Rule Jr Game.

A junior version of the popular party game, where you have five seconds to think of three answers to a question prompt. Although this sounds easy, under the pressure of a timer it becomes a lot more complicated. So be quick and hope for the best. The game soon becomes hilarious when the random answers start to come out. The timer is inventive as it makes a loud 'zoop' noise which is also distracting when you are trying to come up with the answers.

Main Features

  • Price: £15
  • Age: 6+
  • 3 or more players
  • Funny game for kids
  • Rapid fire questions
  • The contents of the game include 400 questions, 200 game cards, 6 pawns, 5-second twisted timer and a game board

Best For Fast Paced Fun

10. Bananagrams Cobra Paw Game

Bananagrams Cobra Paw Game.

If you're looking for a gift and are considering one of the cool games on this list, you need to hear more about the Cobra Paw Game. This game is perfect for any 10-year-olds. The game is played using 21 Clawfuku stones and two dice, and the aim of the game is similar to the popular card game snap. The dice are rolled, and everyone tries to claim the piece which has the two matching patterns on it from the middle. The first to get six of the stones is the winner. The game is based on an ancient stone snatching game called Clawfuku invented by a mysterious rogue known as Phee Lion. Although this is a game that's simple, it's a great kids game and one everyone can enjoy.

Main Features

  • Price: 12.99
  • Age: 6+
  • Between 2-6 players
  • Hilarious and unique board game
  • Made to last
  • One of the most exciting and fun kids' games
  • The game contains 2 dice and 21 Clawfuku stones

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