There are so many fun board games for kids on the market, but some of my favorites are strategy board games. Not only are they fun to play, but they require a lot of thought and are excellent for keeping your mind sharp. They are especially valuable for your children's brain development.
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What is a strategic board game?
A strategy board game is a game where the gameplay relies on strategic moves and planning instead of luck. For example, there is strategy involved when playing a game like Clue since you have to think and plan out your moves to get from room to room and how to phrase your questions. On the other hand, a game like Life relies mostly on luck to win the game since your moves rely on what number you get on the spinner.
At what age can kids begin playing strategic board games?
Between the ages of eight and ten kids will begin to learn and use logic and strategic thinking in life and in games. It is at this age where strategy board games should be introduced to expand this way of thinking. With age and experience, they will get better and better at using strategy to play board games.
Why kids should play board games
There are so many educational reasons to play board games, especially now that many of us are home with our kids and trying to teach them from a distance. Not all learning is done on worksheets or in books. There are many education and life lessons to be learned by playing board games.
Playing board games is a great way to develop and improve many important life skills such as:
- Focus and concentration
- Critical thinking
- Creative thinking
- Family bonding
Are you like me and think of chess or Risk when someone mentions the term strategy board games? While those are great games and have stood the test of time for a reason, there are so many more out there that you and your kids will love. They are the perfect choice for an educational board game or just a fun family game night.
Strategy board games for kids
Give some (or all) of these strategic games a try and rock family game night!