Smarty loves games and has no problems whatsoever following the rules of simple games. So far all the games we played were games of chance (think Chutes and Ladders) or concentration games (Memory). Of course, as adults, we prefer games of strategy, and we have a big collection of board games for adults at home. I have no illusions – it’s going to be quite a while until daughter is able to play Settlers of Catan or even as simple as checkers, but I was wondering what would be a good way to introduce games of strategy to her where outcome is not determined by a pure chance. She received this tic-tac-toe game from $1 section of Target as a birthday party favor, and was quite excited to learn the rules of the game. It was in her math box for a while before I moved it out of circulation.
I will not claim that she fully understood tic-tac-toe. We played many times, but it seemed that her grasp of the strategy of the game was tentative at best – she would play one good game, then would completely miss the next, then recover again. I don’t think she liked the fact that the best possible outcome of the game between players who both pay attention to the board is a tie. She certainly likes to have a clear winner in the end.
So here is the question for my readers – at what age did you introduce strategy games to your oldest child and what was it? Do you have any good ideas for early strategy games?