The Best Old and New Board Games for Kids
An Age-by-Age Guide
I remember when I was a kid (though it seems so long ago the memories have faded a bit around the edges), I didn’t have 500 channels of television and 100 DVD movies at home. I didn’t have a graphics-rich video game system—heck, I didn’t even have a computer. With the wealth of audio-visual stimulation available to our kids today, I sometimes wonder how I ever survived my digitally deficient childhood. Oh, now I remember: I read, I played outside with my friends, and on nights and weekends when there was nothing else to do, my family and I got together and played board games.
For those who grew up before the “electronic-everything age,” board games were a big part of childhood. They stimulated our imaginations, encouraged conversation—they even educated us. These days, board games are too often overlooked in the mad rush to buy our kids the latest action figure, handheld video game, or miniaturized sports car. Board games may not be the splashiest presents, but they are still a great way to bring friends and family closer together. (Plus they’re often less expensive than the flashy electronic gadgets!)
This article features some of the best board games, from the old favorites you may remember from your own childhood to the innovative new games that are sure to become classics. Our age-by-age guide will help you pick the perfect game for your child’s development stage and skill level.
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