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The Best (Safe) Games for Kids This Winter

Updated: Mar 22, 2023

Winter is here, and in most parts of the US, that means your kids will be spending a lot of time indoors after school and on the weekends. Much of this will naturally be taken up with homework, sleeping, and eating—but they’ll still have plenty of free time, and winter is the best time of year to check out new games.


You can help your kids play safely by getting them hooked on the best games for kids of the year. Prioritize those that are generally educational or that teach strategic or social skills. Here are some of the hottest and highest-quality safe kids’ games to keep them happily entertained all winter.


Computer and Mobile Games


Here are some of the best games for kids (and the whole family) that can be played on computers or mobile devices:


  • Minecraft (for ages 8+)


  • Gordian Quest (for ages 10+)


  • Jeopardy! World Tour (for ages 10+)


  • Clue: The Classic Mystery Game (for ages 13+)


  • Humankind (for ages 13+)


Console Games


There’s no getting around the fact that kids love console games. Here are some of the best console games for kids:


  • Beyond Blue (for ages 8+)


  • Doraemon Story of Seasons: Friends of the Great Kingdom (for ages 8+)


  • Return to Monkey Island (for ages 10+)


  • Wayward Strand (for ages 13+)


  • We Are OFK (for ages 16+)


Board and Card Games


In order to limit your kids’ screen time and teach them some critical thinking skills (as well as a sense of humor), consider introducing them to some of the best board games for kids:


  • Animal Upon Animal (for ages 4+)


  • A Game of Cat & Mouth (for ages 7+)


  • Don’t L.L.A.M.A. (for ages 8+)


  • Abandon All Artichokes (for ages 10+)


  • Cascadia (for ages 10+)


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References



“These Expert-Recommended Board Games Are Perfect for Family Game Night.” NBCNews.com, NBCUniversal News Group, https://www.nbcnews.com/select/shopping/best-board-games-kids-ncna1266531.


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