Often, you might hear the argument that kids shouldn’t have access to video games.

According to some people, video games can develop problematic issues for children, contribute to ADHD conditions, or even cause kids to lash out in violent fashion.

Of course, these are not definitive issues.

Video games for kids can be a good thing, and a valuable way to learn information. Plus, they can be fun, and a great way to pass the time when necessary. These types of games can help children advance their imaginations, and even improve their hand-eye coordination skills.

There are many different types of video games for kids, and plenty of different ways for them to play. Finding the right balance with them is key, along with the right representation of values, such as challenging their minds, encourage teamwork, and improve physical activity.

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If you’re in need of some video games ideas for any children in your life, you’ve come to the right place.

Minecraft

Minecraft
  • The infinite possibilities in Minecraft just got bigger! The gaming phenomenon comes to the console with new features...
  • Crafting has never been faster and easier! The new crafting interface in Minecraft for Xbox 360 delivers a completely...
  • Learn the basics and master essential skills faster with the all-new Tutorial mode.

One of the easiest games to mention, Minecraft is all about building with your imagination. What could be better than that? You can find Minecrafton just about any screen, including tablets, smartphones, consoles, and computers.

Roblox

Roblox Action Collection - Series 1 Mystery Figure 6-Pack [Includes 6...
  • Bring the world of Roblox to life with one of 24 collectible Series 1 Mystery Box figures. This pack includes 6 Mystery...
  • Mix and match parts to build your own unique Roblox character
  • Deck out your figures with the included accessories

Along the lines of Minecraft, Roblox is a title that’s free-to-play and based on creating your own games. You can find it on Xbox One and PC, and it’s a great way to introduce engaging with a rewarding community.

Just Dance

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Just Dance 2019 - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition
  • With a one month trial of Just Dance Unlimited included, dance to more than 400 songs
  • Your Just Dance experience is now personalized as the game learns your dancing habits and suggests content
  • Experience eight exclusive choreographies created with the help of kids' development experts to encourage healthy...

A game that’s all about dancing your buns off, Just Dance 2017 gives kids popular music to move their bodies too. All ages can enjoy this title, but it can be suited for older children. You can play Just Dance on all home consoles.

LEGO

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack - PlayStation 4
  • LEGO characters from a mix of some of the best brands in the universe join forces and battle in worlds outside of their...
  • By purchasing additional expansion packs, players can grow their collection with a variety of their favorite brands to...
  • Bring up to seven , vehicles and/or gadgets into the game all at once by dropping them on the LEGO Toy Pad for the most...

The game may have been shut down, but that should stop you from building LEGO in the real-world to play in a simulated one. You can find LEGO Dimensions on all home consoles.

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe

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Mario Kart 8 Deluxe - Nintendo Switch
  • Hit the road with the definitive version of Mario Kart 8 and play anytime, anywhere! Race your friends or battle them in...
  • Play locally in up to 4-player multiplayer in 1080p while playing in TV Mode. Every track from the Wii U version,...
  • Plus, the Inklings appear as all-new guest characters, along with returning favorites, such as King Boo, Dry Bones, and...

You’ll need a Nintendo Switch to play this title, but what you get is one of the best racing titles ever. Not too challenging, yet engaging to play, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe features plenty of Mushroom Kingdom characters to drive around.

Portal 2

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Portal 2 - Xbox 360
  • The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces dynamic characters, fresh puzzle elements, and a larger set of devious...
  • The two-player mode features a separate campaign with unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters.
  • Advanced use of physics allow for the creation of a whole new range of interesting challenges, producing a much larger...

Portal 2 is one of the best puzzle games ever made, and if you want to throw your child into a world where they must think you’ve got the right game. It’s available on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.

LEGO Star Wars

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LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • The No. 1 LEGO videogame franchise triumphantly returns with a fun-filled, humorous journey based on the blockbuster...
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens

LEGO games have been around for a while, and what better title to play with your kids than LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With humor, puzzles, and a great cast, this is a great title for any child.

Puyo Puyo Tetris

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Puyo Puyo Tetris - Nintendo Switch
  • Ferocious Competition - At the heart of Puyo Puyo Tetris is the fighting spirit of players competing against each other...
  • Adventure Mode - The game also has a single player mode with ten unique acts, eatch with ten stages. They feature...
  • Arcade Modes - Online play has Puzzle League, which tracks players' ratings, players can save replays to upload and...

Another title for the Nintendo Switch, this arcade version of Tetris challenges kids to think outside the box to obtain high scores. It’s fun for all ages and can be played by 4-players simultaneously.

Splatoon

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Splatoon 2 - Nintendo Switch
  • New weapons - New dual wielding Splat Dualies join the action, complete with a new Dodge Roll move. Mainstays like the...
  • Local and Online Multiplayer - In a first for the series, compete in local multiplayer Turf War battles, whether in TV...
  • New ways to play - Play using the Joy Con controllers or the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller, both of which allow for...

If you don’t have a Nintendo Switch in the house, then maybe it’s time to invest. Splatoon 2 is a colorful, and friendly, arcade shooter where squid people ooze out ink to control the most turf.

Yooka-Laylee

Yooka-Laylee - PlayStation 4
  • OUR NEW BUDDY DUO: Yooka and Laylee boast an awesome arsenal of abilities built for platforming fun!
  • CARVE YOUR PATH: Unlock moves with freedom and choose to expand your favorite worlds into even larger playgrounds!
  • A MODERN COLLECT-EM-UP: Seek out a roster of shiny collectibles with gameplay progression at their core!

A colorful, cooperative 3D-platfromer, Yooka-Laylee harkens back to the days of Banjo-Kazooie. The game is set inside a big open world to explore, all while being an easy and colorful puzzle game.

THE TOP SPORTS VIDEO GAMES FOR KIDS

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Continuing our list is the category of sports games. Plenty of children participate in sports, and most of these kids would play a video game based on their favorite sport or activity.

Below you’ll find the top options in the sports genre for kids.

Madden NFL 19

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Madden NFL 19 - Xbox One
  • Authentic NFL Experience : Whether you’re trying to build the perfect franchise or beat your biggest rival it’s all...
  • The Ultimate Challenge : Madden Ultimate team is back with more content and challenges to push your fantasy roster to...
  • Real Player Motion : designed to deliver hyper realistic animations with a higher level of game play

It’s hard to dismiss Madden, and any NFL-lover knows about EA’s perennial football game. It’s a great way to learn about the sport, all while playing with the popular teams and players.

FIFA 19

FIFA 19 - Standard - Xbox One
  • FIFA 19 delivers a champion caliber experience on and off the pitch
  • Experience the all new standalone UEFA Champions League mode to play the famous tournament from the group stage to the...
  • 4K: 4K Ultra HD not available on the Xbox One or Xbox One S consoles.The Journey: Champions, take control of iconic...

Another EA Sports franchise that is released every year, this soccer (or football for the rest of the world) simulation game presents the sport in a deep context, allowing fans to play and learn with whatever team they want.

NHL 19

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NHL 19 - PlayStation 4
  • Play on outdoor rinks and journey from the ponds to the pros in new game modes
  • Compete with and against 200 of the greatest hockey legends to ever hit the ice
  • Powered by cutting edge new gameplay technology, experience explosive edge skating

Hockey is growing in popularity, and among the best sports games around is the NHL series. It’s another deeper simulation game but presents a great way for newcomers to get into the sport.

NBA 2K19

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NBA 2K19 - Xbox One
  • Nba 2k celebrates 20 years of redefining what sports gaming can be, from best in class graphics & gameplay to...
  • NBA 2K19 continues to push limits as it brings gaming one step closer to real life basketball excitement and culture

The latest release in the basketball franchise’s long-running series, NBA 2K19 presents a great basketball simulation that doesn’t skimp on the little details.

Forza Horizon

Forza Horizon 3 - Xbox One
  • Forza Horizon 3 Standard Edition includes the full game and the Forza Hub App
  • Explore Australia, the Horizon Festival’s largest, most beautiful and diverse open world ever
  • Be the boss of your own Horizon Festival. Customize every aspect of your game. Hire and fire friends to win you fans, or...

The Forza series has seen plenty of games released in its lifetime, but none quite emphasis fun, open-world driving like Forza Horizon 3. Take to the streets of Australia and live the dream of driving around fancy machines, while learning a thing-or-two about cars.

The Golf Club

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The Golf Club 2019 Featuring PGA Tour - PlayStation 4
  • Explore the new and Officially Licensed page Tour Career mode including q school, web﮳com Tour, page Tour, and the...
  • Compete online against friends or the world in match play, alt shot, Skins and more
  • Design, build and share your own course creations online or play the creations of others

MX vs ATV All Out

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MX vs ATV All Out - PlayStation 4
  • 2 player split-screen and 16 player online mode
  • Compete in various modes like Super cross, Nationals, Open cross, Waypoint, Tag and more
  • Master insane stunts and test your limits in Freestyle mode

Sonic & All-Stars Racing

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Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed - Xbox 360
  • This is no ordinary race. Each character is equipped with their own unique vehicle that can transform into a car, boat...
  • Take to land, sea & air as you race through 16 dynamically changing courses inspired by SEGA's illustrious gaming...
  • Race as one of the 20+ legendary All-Stars. The starting line-up has been transformed as new iconic characters from the...


THE TOP ACTION-ADVENTURE GAMES FOR KIDS

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One of the best genres for kids who want to experience video games is action-adventure. These games often allow for cooperative play, meaning any friends or parents can play alongside them. Plus, most of the video games in this genre require thinking to solve puzzles, and generally feature likeable characters.

Below you’ll find our choices for the best adventure video games for kids.

Rayman Legends

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Rayman Legends - PlayStation 4 Standard Edition
  • Critically Acclaimed Platformer: The highest rated platformer of the year arrives on next-gen consoles! Join Rayman and...
  • 4-Player Co-op Gameplay: Up to 4 players can play at once. At any time if someone wants to leave or join in, the game...
  • Online Challenges: Connect with your friends through a variety of challenges that will test your skill and speed. Check...

Super Mario Odyssey

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Super Mario Odyssey (Nintendo Switch)
  • Mario embarks on a new journey through the unknown, running and jumping through huge 3D worlds in the first...
  • Jump out of the Mushroom Kingdom on a journey through mysterious places and new experiences whilst sailing between...
  • Find something interesting? Toss your cap at it and see what happens! There are lots of fun and surprising ways to...

LEGO Marvel

LEGO Marvel Superheroes 2 - PlayStation 4
  • Join your favorite Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities as they go head-to-head in the...
  • Play as the Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Thor, Hulk, and dozens of other Marvel Super Heroes and Villains in...
  • Travel across lands -- from Ancient Egypt to The Old West, Planet Hulk and New York City in 2099

LEGO Worlds

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LEGO Worlds - PlayStation 4
  • Experience a galaxy of Worlds made entirely from LEGO bricks
  • LEGO Worlds is an open environment of procedurally generated Worlds made entirely of LEGO bricks which you can freely...
  • Create anything you can imagine one brick at a time, or use large scale landscaping tools to create vast mountain ranges...

Burnout Paradise

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Burnout Paradise Remastered - Xbox One
  • Relive the high-octane stunts and wanton destruction of one of the greatest arcade-driving games ever.
  • Burn rubber and shred metal across the open roads of Paradise City while discovering jumps, stunts, and shortcuts. Wreck...
  • This remaster includes the 8 main DLC packs from the Year of Paradise, including the Big Surf Island update,...

Sonic Mania Plus

Sonic Mania Plus - PlayStation 4
  • A true, classic Sonic experience: Gorgeous pixel graphics featuring a variety of new Zones with iconic favorites from...
  • Definitive version: Pristine, high quality HD version to enjoy Sonic and his friends as they face off against Dr. Eggman...
  • New characters join the fun with Sonic.

THE TOP STRATEGY GAMES FOR CHILDREN

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This might be the most popular genre for parents to utilize in the digital world, as strategy games require thinking and understanding of how a game plays to become successful.

Here are our choices for the best strategy games for kids.

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom

Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle (Nintendo Switch, 2017)
  • Embark with your team of heroes on an epic quest to free your friends and put the Mushroom Kingdom back in order!
  • Mario, Luigi, Peach, and Yoshi will join forces with four Rabbids heroes, each with their own unique personalities:...
  • Explore four iconic worlds filled with chests and secrets, solve puzzles, and defeat unpredictable enemies on the...

Snipperclips Plus

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Snipperclips Plus: Cut it out, Together! - Nintendo Switch
  • Paper pals Snip and Clip must cut each other into the right shapes to overcome tricky obstacles in this updated version...
  • No matter how you cut it, this couch co-op is a riot! Snip may need to cut Clip into a needle to pop balloons or maybe...
  • Additional accessories may be required for multiplayer mode. Sold separately

Super Bomberman R

Super Bomberman R - PlayStation 4 Shiny Edition
  • Super Bomberman R Shiny Edition includes bonus content - Eight Shiny Bomberman Brothers set, Golden Vic Viper Bomber.
  • Story Mode - A campaign playable alone or with a friend in local co-op. Join the eight Bomberman heroes and help them to...
  • Battle Mode - The classic and fun Battle Mode is back. Play with up to eight players locally or eight players online.

RETRO LOOK: BEST RETRO OR ARCADE VIDEO GAMES FOR KIDS

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This is the category you’ve been waiting for. One of the best ways to show children just how far video games have come is to fire up some nostalgic 80’s or 90’s games.

Here are the best picks for kids.

Donkey Kong Country

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Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze - Nintendo Switch
  • Explore levels that twist, turn, and transform in unexpected ways, while the game’s dynamic rotating camera helps you...
  • Master a range of special moves, including unique abilities like Diddy Kong’s jet pack, Dixie Kong’s spinning...
  • Overcome challenges, battle frosty foes and bosses, and reclaim the Kongs’ stolen home.

Frogger

Arcade Classics - Frogger Retro Handheld Arcade Game
  • RETRO PLAY Authentic 80's graphics, sounds and game play
  • AUTHENTIC Joy stick control, graphics and sounds make the game play as exciting as the original!
  • NEW Brighter Screen for enhanced gameplay!

Don’t you want your kids to be able to know where dodging cars and Frogger became synonymous with one another?

Frogger is all about the timing of your movements to help a frog cross the street. Even if they can’t do it, the concept it worth it to them (saving animals and not hitting them with cars, that is.)

If you want your kids to learn how to drive, or at least somewhat experience the thrill, a full-cabinet racer like Daytona USA could do exactly that.

Having them shift gears, use both the gas and brake, all while steering a virtual machine is a joy to watch, and can be great fun for them.

Pac-Man

Pac-Man Connect and Play - 12 Classic Games
  • Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of Pac-Man; Bandai's Pac-Man Connect and Play brings back your favorite classic video...
  • Game case styled in iconic Pac-Man design, cords store inside case
  • Connect the included cords directly into your television A/V jacks to play

The last game on our list is one of the easiest for children
to pick up, but hard to master.

Featuring a yellow ball with a mouth and eyes as a character
who eats floating circles, Pac-Man teaches
you how to anticipate movements and make precise decisions with your hands.


THE BEST VIDEO GAMES FOR KIDS ARE EASILY FOUND

It may seem like the hobby of video game playing is restricted for mature audiences, but most of the games around are made for a younger player-base.

Developers today are focusing their time and efforts on creating games that appeal to both young and old players alike, all while keeping engaging content at the forefront of their software.

Video games on consoles, mobile devices, and computers are growing at a fast rate, and because of this there are more and more titles to choose from every year. Knowing the type of game to look for can be a big help, as there are numerous genres to choose from.

The best part about video games for kids is watching them grow from the experience. It may go without saying, but children can learn plenty from video games, so long as they’re exposed to the right ones.

Finding the perfect game for a kid in your life can be a tall order, but chances are once you’ve found it, they’ll be very grateful.

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