This post originally appeared on my old blog: PinkMeeple
A little background: I’m a single Dad from Boston. At the time of this writing, I have a 16 year old son who is not all that much into board games. I am still trying, at least when I can, to get him away from his PS2 and his cell phone. I also have a 5 year old girl from my second wife who passed away. So naturally, my daughter and I have bonded quite a bit. That’s not to say I’m not close to my son. It’s just that he is older, needs less attention and is starting to have his own life away from his Dad and mother. On the other hand, my daughter and I get to spend some quality time together when we play board and card games. Plus we get in some time for puzzles, Play-Doh, and Barbies.
In this blog, I hope to talk about our experiences and how our hobby board gaming changes as she gets older. I will be discussing what games, at least in my humble opinion, are great to play with kids — aiming initially for the 4-6 year old range. I originally wanted this blog to be a monthly or biweekly audio podcast, but maybe there are too many podcasts out there about board games. Even though, I know of no audio podcasts specifically related to gaming with kids. Something to aspire to maybe?
Now I am not making my daughter sit down and play Terra Mystica or Power Grid. But I am playing games that are age appropriate and sometimes gender appropriate. What does that mean? Well, I don’t think a girl would want to play a game about aliens and likewise, I don’t think a boy would necessarily want to play a game about princesses. So, many of the games I choose for her will be for both boys and girls but every now and then I might throw in one about little ponies? We shall see.
So I hope as parents yourself, I can give you some gaming ideas for your young ones. Or if you don’t have kids maybe you are a gaming veteran, and you are looking for gaming gifts for nieces, nephews or friends’ kids. Whatever the case may be, I hope you will get some kind of useful and perhaps even valuable information out of this blog.