Reader Mailbag: Board Games with Children

Posted: June 27, 2018 in Music

Sarah and I play games together one or two nights a week, and I have a regular game night with a few friends. Sarah and I also host a potluck dinner about once a month where we invite friends over to play games. Most of these are best for children ages 8 and up, as they take up to several hours to play and involve complex and abstract ideas. Monopoly $30 You save: Buy and sell properties, build houses, and collect rent. All of the free preschool games at Starfall help teach your child to read! One of my favorite things to do with my kids on a rainy afternoon is to play a board game with them. We play very simple games with our youngest child – things like Candy Land and Hi-Ho Cherry-O! I’ve played chess and checkers with them, of course, but they’re also playing things like Settlers of Catan and Ticket to Ride . Family Game Night – or, in this case, Family Game Afternoon – is a hit with all of us.

I also have a weekly “game night” with a few of my closest friends, where we get together to play board games or card games. Think of it as equivalent to a “poker night.”

I’d accompany that with a single smaller game. I’d suggest any of the following that you can find in your price range: Codenames, King of Tokyo, Dixit, Splendor, Carcassonne, or Hanabi. Perhaps once a week or so, I’ll play a game for an hour or two with some of my friends that no longer live around here as a way of keeping in touch with them, in which case it’s basically an online chat with a game going on in the background. I’m a big fan of the simple dollar, but I don’t know what to do. Got any questions? Email them to me or leave them in the comments and I ‘ll attempt to answer them in a future mailbag.

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