Introduce your little ones to the long-game with one of the best strategy board games for kids. With a strategy game, they’ll learn how to see down the road ahead of them. They’ll realize that what has a strong pay-off in the short-term might actually be a bad move in the long-term. Even adults are still learning the art of strategy, so you can imagine how difficult it will be for your kids to learn that instant gratification isn’t always the way to win the game. That’s why there are plenty of strategy games for beginners.
Whether they’re kid-versions of popular adult games or designed to engage kids by letting them play as some of their favorite movie characters, kids can find that these games are a whole lot of fun. It’ll help them with their critical thinking skills, though it might be frustrating for them to learn all of the new rules at first. Like strategy, it’s great in the long-run and might even turn them into avid board game players, which will make for many competitive family get-togethers.
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1. Ravensburger Disney Villainous Strategy Board Game
Your little Disney fans will absolutely be head-over-heels for this board game—and you might, too. If they—and you—grew up with devious villains like Ursula or Maleficent, your family will love putting yourselves in their shoes. You play as one of six villains, including Jafar, Captain Hook, Prince John and the Queen of Hearts, and try to complete their ultimate plan before the other players. Traps, fate, curses and allies are all involved.
2. Battleship Classic Board Game Strategy Game
You can’t go wrong with Battleship. Generations of kids learned strategy from this unique board game. Designed for kids ages 7 and up, you set up your own boats and then try to sink your opponents’ in order to win the game. This set comes with two portable cases, so you can bring Battleship to relatives’ homes and on vacation. When your kid gets older, don’t fret. There are some advanced features, so you can make the game more difficult.
3. Hasbro Gaming Risk Junior Game
If you’re hoping that your kid becomes a future Risk aficionado, then you should start them off with the Junior game. Kids as young as five years old can learn the basics, which will prepare them for the very complex full version later. Plus, this game is pirate-themed. Kids love pirates. They’ll also think this game is extra exciting, because it has pirate ships that “launch” the dice across the board (and room).