Tips for Choosing Age Appropriate Games for Your Kids


Choosing Age Appropriate Games for Your Kids

As you probably know, we play a lot of video games in our family. My daughters are pretty young – only 4 and 6 years old. Because of this we need to really pay attention to video game ratings. We know that there are many benefits to gaming for kids and thanks to GameStop and UpNorthLive, we were given some great tips on age appropriate gaming. Sometimes my husband and I forget just how young they are while selecting video games as gifts for the girls.

Age Appropriate Games

Holiday Shopping

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are right around the corner (more and more evidence is popping up in red and green on grocery store shelves every day!). If you are anything like me, than you know that NOW is the best time to get ahead of the holiday rush and cross presents off the kids’ wish lists! Make sure you can get your hands on this year’s hottest toys and games before demand makes them impossible to find.

Almost every kid has a video game system, accessory or game on their list, but it’s important to be educated about what games are age-appropriate. Retailers like GameStop take game ratings very seriously and provide great information and recommendations on the best games and systems for every age group.

Nintendo Gaming for Kids

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Rating system: “E” for everyone, “T” for teen and “M” for mature.

We see parents come in the store with their kids all the time, often completely unaware of the content in the game they’re buying,” said Cherryland GameStop manager Leslie Wilson. “Parents will come up with their kids and buy that game and we always say, ‘are you aware this is ‘M’ for mature?‘” I can vouche for that because I have seen it at my local GameStop many times. I always appreciate that the employees want to make sure parents understand just what they are buying.

Usually after I tell them a game is rated “M”, 75 or 80 percent say ‘oh, this isn’t what I want my child playing,” said GameStop Senior Guest Advisor Dylan Huey, who added that the games today can be quite graphic. “Especially with these new games, I feel like a lot of people are taken aback by it because it can get really realistic.”

Age Appropriate Gaming Nintendo

Benefits of Gaming

Once educated, let the games begin! Once you’ve gotten the scoop on the best options for your kids, there are actually a lot of benefits of playing video games – with the right game. Video games help children learn problem-solving, math skills, and can foster self-confidence. 71 percent of parents believe playing video games helps children develop strategic thinking skills. I personally think that it helps my daughters with their hand eye coordination and fine motor skills. Education comes first before anything, especially growing up. I think this is something important to instil in kids at a young age. I’m more than happy to let my kids play other video games as they get older and even try and improve their skills through sites like But for now, allowing my kids to play these educational games is something I approve of, until they are old enough to make their own decisions.

Now, let’s talk bonding! Playing video games with your kids can improve and increase frequency of parent-child communication, because kids see you taking interest in the activities they enjoy. Honestly, some of our best family days are spent curled up on the couch playing video games together!

This holiday season, find the very best video games for your kids, remember the benefits, and make gaming gifts an experience the whole family can enjoy!

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  1. Super Mario and Donkey Kong are my all time favorite games! The Nintendo Classic is definitely on my wish list this year. 🙂

  2. There are so many games out there. My grandkids know more than I do. They told me to check out You Tube for more games. Well let’s just say, I got a headache from looking and watching some of them. I guess the bottom line is to have a fun safe time for all! I have learned a couple from your website. I remember my kids playing Donkey Kong.

  3. I absolutely love anything Nintendo makes! Right now I’m super into The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild but I’m also a huge Animal Crossing, Pokemon, and Splatoon fan.

  4. My tip to my grandkids is too not look at the gaming screen for hours at a time!
    All the colors, movements and flashes have to be hard on the eyes!! Be careful!

  5. Jerome Mabbayad on

    My tip, if you feel angry or stressed over a game, take a little break! Talk a walk outside, have a snack, anything to take your mind off the game! When you come back to it, you’ll feel a lot better!

  6. I know this may sound a little weird, but my tip is to make your child stop playing their video games now and then to take a bathroom break! I have watched my grandkids play their Wii’s for hours. After a while, they will start dancing around. I tell them it’s not good to hold it. I guess going to the bathroom is not that important ? ?

  7. Jerome Mabbayad on

    It’s a good idea to follow the ESRB rating on a video game cover. Most parents just get their kids games because they always ask for it. Then they find out their kids are using swears and they’ll wonder where they got it from.

  8. I saw my granddaughter on her iPhone Tuesday and I asked her what she was doing. She said that she was playing Words with Friends (so I think that’s what the game is called). A little while later, she asked me some trivia questions that she needed help with. So I guess there is a Trivia game that she was playing with her friends and other people that were waiting in the queue to play. That kind of bothers me, because all you see of this player is their screen name & avatar! So of course, I gave her the speech on being careful with strangers! I told her I wanted her to have fun & not make me worry about Stranger Danger!!

  9. Michelangelo Lattanzio on

    My favorite game is Zelda Majora’s Mask for Nintendo 64. I don’t have the 3ds nor the new game ahahah

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