Variant: When to Introduce Games to the Kids
I’m the oldest in my family, but my wife is the youngest. Suddenly, I have a number of nephews and nieces. Recently, one of the nephews turned nine and I attended his birthday party. The kids there were between ages six and nine. I looked into my closet to maybe bring a board or card game they might like. Nothing.
They are young for anything approaching Puerto Rico or Agricola. The closest thing I have to a traditional “kids game” is Mastermind. While enjoyable, I’m not sure the age range or maturity level was up to it. I eventually decided on bringing my Nintendo DS because I think that fits their particular temperment more.
But I started thinking, at what age do you introduce kids to the hobby? And, more importantly, when is a good time to move from Candy Land and Battleship to something a little more sophisticated, like Ticket to Ride or Carcassonne? I’m especially interested in opinions from those who have introduced their younglings to board games.
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