How to Teach Your Kids Strategic Thinking Through Games

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Board games are a seemingly never-ending source of educational opportunities helping kids with reading, writing, math, and more. But the value of learning strategy is often overlooked in traditional education so playing games, and especially strategy games, is an invaluable supplement to a child’s learning foundation. 

But why should the skill of strategy be valued so highly? Strategic thinking goes beyond plotting warpaths or planning a hostile takeover, it is a foundation for independent learning and problem solving that is impossible to replicate. Learning about strategy will help a child think two steps ahead and aid them in many mathematical and science-driven academic fields. 

Here is a look at some of the best games you can play with kids, both young and old, to help them develop a strategic mindset that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Connect 4

This is one of the simplest games you can play and very young kids will snap it in a heartbeat. It is a good introduction to strategic gameplay as it is over fast and doesn’t require much of an attention span. But kids will quickly see they need to see a pattern or think ahead to master the game. 

Risk Board Game

The aim of the game is world domination by building armies, expanding territory, invading, and defending. The name risk board game says it all, take risks in the hopes that they will pay off and let you gain control fast, or play it safe and wait for other players to fail before you pounce. 

Catan

This is a more complicated game for kids who want to learn strategy, but it is a fantastic addition to any family game night. The first few plays might take longer as kids learn the ins and out of the game but once they get a firm grasp on it there will be no stopping them. Being strategic about trades or the path you build your roads on will be the difference between success and failure. There is also a Catan Junior version if kids want to get started as young as 6. 

Minecraft

Many parents try to avoid video games like the plague but in a life where everything gets more digitized by the minute, this is doing more harm than good to kids. Let them explore the world of Minecraft to build fantastic worlds of their own. This fantastic 3D game let kids build structures from their wildest imaginations, all while learning a whole host of intangible skills.

Agricola

Many strategy board games are battle-themed which might be a bit much for young players to understand. Agricola keeps all the best aspects of a strategy game and implores players to compete and collaborate simultaneously to build the biggest farm. It is recommended for children 12 and up and players must think on their feet as they build a family, grow crops, expand their land, and improve their shed.

Sequence

Tic-tac-toe is probably the first strategy game kids learn but this is only entertaining for the first round or two. Sequence takes this basic game to a new level with the addition of cards and chips. Players draw cards from a deck and place chips strategically on the board to try and create a sequence. There is an easier version for young children, Sequence Kids, which features fun animal characters. 

Stone Age

Turn back the hands of time for this prehistoric game where you must gain knowledge to pave your way out of the stone age. Gather supplies, make weapons, hunt, and use natural resources wisely and you might just make it out. Fail, and you set back evolution a few thousand years, succeed and you might just help humanity make it to the moon! This kind of game forces kids to think far ahead instead of just playing what seems right in the moment. If you use up your resources too quickly, you will never see the dawn of a new era. 

Battleship

You can never go wrong with a good old-fashioned game of Battleship. Kids quickly learn how to play and it provides a level playing field for players of all ages. Players must find the best strategy to fool their opponent rather than randomize their ship placement. It is key to keep track of the ships you have sunk to know which new coordinates to call out and the linear grid of the game is great for right brain development. The game is filled with suspense but is perfect for young players as it doesn’t last too long and the rules are simple.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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Viktor Sarry
Viktor Sarry
3 months ago

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Kevin Costner Vest
3 months ago

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Anne Marie
Anne Marie
2 months ago

Agricola is one of our favorites. Resource building plus strategy!

Joseph Parsons
Joseph Parsons
2 months ago

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Celebrate Woman Today
2 months ago

Games of any kind, board or active, bring people together, teach then how to work as a team, build confidence in taking a risk. Most of all, these games are a great way to enjoy the time with family and friends while gaining life’s experiences.

Emory Scott
Emory Scott
2 months ago

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Sam Jonson
Sam Jonson
2 months ago

I really like the site with free games, visit here. I especially like genres such as quests and war games. Of my favorite games, I would single out zombies, combat boats and a warbot. Also from the last one I found a game about rap battles, this is something new)) I have not seen such games anywhere before, so it is unique)

Angela Ricardo Bethea
2 months ago

Those are all wonderful selections of games and definitely would introduce those to them. My kids already know Minecraft and I’m sure they would love the other ones as well.

Bill Shiphr
Bill Shiphr
2 months ago

I know that games are a great way to teach the kids, and that’s why I think there’s nothing wrong with allowing kids to play them for a limited time. Whenever I play TF2 to profit on https://dmarket.com/ingame-items/item-list/tf2-skins later, I let my son play Minecraft, and he’s a huge fan. And usually, we don’t play for more than a few hours.

Weres1952
Weres1952
29 days ago

 Strategic thinking can be taught through many different means, but the most effective method is to do it through games. Need to check this js13kgames.com and get more skills about the latest games. There are dozens of games out there that teach strategic thinking and help kids learn when to make trades, how to use their knowledge and how to face their fears.