Daniel Kligerman

Walking the Earth

Board Games

Now that our son is three, we have started to play board games with him. Unfortunately, most of the games you find at toy stores range from average to terrible–they tend to be repetative, boring and have little educational value.

Thankfully, there is BoardGameGeek.com. There, you can find reviews and comments on thousands of games, including a ranked list of games for kids. They also revise the recomended ages for games, since the manufacturer isn’t always right. Finally, they have a marketplace, where you can buy games that your local store doesn’t stock, or that are out of print, from other site members. So far I have done this twice with excellent results.

We have three games so far: Cariboo Island, Gulo Gulo, and Go Away Monster. All are excellent, and perfect for preschoolers. They challenge just enough, and have a repeating sequence of play that a three-year-old can learn quickly.

Of course, lots of open-ended toys and unstructured play is important too, but I think it’s great that there are some higher-quality board games available for kids of this age. And check out BoardGameGeek, no matter how old you are.

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