In this day of computerized everything, can children possibly be interested in board games anymore? You bet they can. Not only are boardgames with quaint rules for taking turns great fun for kids, they’re also very educational and they help them learn how to play nice with one another. Not to mention, children board games can be a great way to let them spend quality time with one another at close quarters. Board games aren’t just about monopoly, however. There are plenty of games around for every kind of taste and temperament. Let’s look at some of the best ones around that parents can get their children.
Cranium’s Cariboo is a great treasure hunt board game for preschoolers. The game is about things like using colored balls to open secret compartments for magic keys and so on. It’s all very imaginative as you can probably see from the description, and it can be great fun. For an educational game, try Pet Hunt. This isn’t a board game exactly – it depends on card matching for its appeal. Children draw cards with pictures of animals on them; on the second card drawing, they try to see if they have a match with the card they already have. Sometimes, cards can have pictures of two animals, a situation that makes it difficult for children to make up their minds; this should be great for children in second grade and below.
Apples to Apples Junior is great for the way it is based on the party game by the same name. It’s a barrel of laughs, and can be enjoyed by any child, seven or above. The box comes with a set of cards in red, green and other colors. Each card is dealt with a word on it with a definition; the judge draws a card and the rest of the players have to find the card that they have that fits the description on the judge’s card closely, but not exactly. When a kid makes a ridiculous match for fun, everyone has a great laugh.
SmartMouth is a great family game for children. It comes with a little device called a Letter Getter that draws two letters for you. Children playing, have to find a word that starts with the first letter and ends with the second. The word game UpWords and the LetterFactory game make great gifts to buy. UpWords is quite famous of course; players gets to score points by spelling words on a grid on the board. In the LetterFactory , children may need a little help understanding how to take turns, but it’s great fun once they master it. It’s electronic and has a character called Prof.Quigley explaining to young players how its all done. It’s all about moving your piece and finding cards to go with the place you end up at. All around, there are little ditties and tunes that are great fun.