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How Do I Choose the Best Games for Kids?

Soccer and other team sports can be good games for kids.
Kids may play games on laptop computers.
Board games are great for kids.
Some video games are designed to be appropriate for the whole family.
Sports-themed video games are usually appropriate for all ages.
Showing a child how to play chess can encourage the development of analytical thinking.
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  • Written By: Lauren Romano
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Choosing the best games for kids is about finding a balance between what they want and what is appropriate for them. The subject of the game and the type of game are what kids will focus on. While adults will consider that a factor, the age range, safety level and entertainment ratings are going to take precedent. The number of players that can partake in the game may also be relevant. Although many games are played indoors, some are better options to play outdoors.

Kids often want a game because of its subject. Those who have a particular area of interest, such as science, art or math, may prefer games based on that subject, while others might opt for games solely based on fun rather than learning. When choosing games for kids, evaluate whether the subject matter is too adult or violent by reading online reviews; don't simply rely on the information on the box.

The type of game is also important to kids. There are many types, including video games, board games and computer games. Some parents may prefer their children to use one over others, especially when considering the child's health, the environment around the home and the need to have specific companion items to use certain games, such as needing to have a computer or a video game system.

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Whether or not the item can be used outdoors or indoors is a big factor when choosing the best games for kids. Depending on the system, some video games are portable while others have to be used inside; computer games may also be able to be used outdoors depending on whether they're on a laptop or desktop. Exercise and sports games, such as throwing a flying disc or playing volleyball, soccer, basketball or baseball, should only be done outside considering they require a lot of space. Since board games are portable, they can go anywhere.

When choosing games for kids, check the box for information regarding the age range, safety level and number of players for that particular game. The age of the child should fit within the recommended age range listed on the box. The safety level also plays a factor, especially when it comes to younger children who may put small game parts in their mouth. If the child is going to use the game with friends or family, the number of players able to partake at a single time is also a factor.

When buying computer or video games, check out the ratings from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) on each item. The ratings dictate which ones are suitable for certain age groups. The letter rating is shown in black and white on the item along with a short description or warning about why it received that rating. For more in-depth information, consumers are encouraged to visit the ESRB website.

If a particular game doesn't seem suitable for the child in question, try to find one that is similar, but a more parent-friendly option. The child may end up liking that particular item better than his original choice. It may not seem easy sometimes to choose games for kids, but with a little consideration and research it can be easier to get a game that everyone is pleased with.

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Krunchyman
Post 3

@Euroxati - To an extent, I agree and disagree with you, as I only find soccer to dangerous if you're playing the role of goalie. Some people may think they have it easier because they're not running around on the field all day, and they're just trying to protect the goal. However, attempts to block the soccer ball have led to bruises and sprained ankles. Also, on a final note, the players may even intentionally (or unintentionally) hit you square in the face. For the most part, you're correct that supervision is required.

Euroxati
Post 2

Soccer is a great sport for kids, but unless they have experience, it's always a good idea to have adult supervision. If you're not careful, it can be very dangerous, and may even lead to several injures.

Viranty
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I like how the article mentions checking the ESRB ratings for what's suitable and what's not, as that usually helps to determine what you're in for. On another note, though the article doesn't mention this, I feel that it should have also brought up reading reviews online. Yes, the ESRB rating is important, but sadly, it doesn't go into much depth. By reading the rating, and checking the reviews, you get a balance of both. You get to know the rating, and you observe the opinions of others. Who knows? The reviewers might even tell you how appropriate or inappropriate it is.

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