Tabletop Games for Children
In recent decades, gaming has seen an explosion of different ways to play: Xboxes, PlayStations, mobile games, and the Steam workshop to name but a few of the innovations. However, far from eliminating the games of yesteryear, tabletop games have never seen as much variety and innovation. They can be great games for children and family to play together, improve their social skills and most of all, have fun!
In this article, we'll explore the basics behind tabletop games and give an overview of some of the most exciting titles currently on the market.
What are Tabletop Games?
Firstly, what exactly are tabletop games? In the broadest sense, they are what they say they are: games played on a table or other flat surface. Under this definition, they cover everything from card games like solitaire to strategy games such as Warhammer. However, when discussing tabletop games, most people think of the classic board games from their childhood: Monopoly, Cluedo, even Mouse Trap.
What Tabletop Skills are Used?
Tabletop games teach and bolster a range of skills in players, no matter their age. The complex rules teach comprehension, while their application forces children to use their minds tactically, creating strategies to win. They must focus on the game at hand, lengthening their attention span- which is all too often shortened by modern technology devices like iPads and other tablets.
Nor are the benefits confined to the mind. The tiny pieces require dexterity and good hand-eye-coordination to move.
Socially, the turn-taking nature of many games teaches patience and respect. In some games, players are expected to work together, providing a valuable lesson in teamwork. Perhaps most important of all, tabletop games teach the skill of losing and how to handle defeat. Thus, providing resilience in future.
Are Tabletop Games Expensive?
How much tabletop games cost, depends entirely on the game you are playing. A pack of cards won't cost more than a few dollars, whereas the average board game comes in at between $20 - $45 (£15 - £35). However, games can venture upwards of $80, with complicated pieces and expansion packs to buy. If you want to play a miniatures game like Warhammer, it will require a continual ongoing investment with each piece costing tens of dollars.
If you're just getting started, or you want to try out a new game, here is a selection of some of the best games around:
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This game is a great quick-fire game that will give your brain a nice warm-up. The game features a pack of cards with different items on them. Each player must try to match an item from their own hand with the card in the middle and the player with the most matches at the end of the round wins. There are many different variations of games you can play with the Spot It! set too, so you can have a little variety in which mode you play.