Board Games and Other Traditional Toys Regain Popularity

By: Alison Struve
By: Alison Struve

When you walk through the stores it certainly feels like the holidays are right around the corner, and if you're thinking about gift ideas for your children, you might want to look for games your whole family can play.

Most kids love games, but some parents worry about all the time spent in front of a video screen, and that's why some stores say sales are rising for simpler toys that are more familiar to adults.

"Parents look for things they can be involved with, so board games would definitely be a strong selling area for that. Something the whole family can sit down with, whether you've got one kid, or five kids," says Mark Nickel, a Senior Team Lead at the Stevens Point Target.

Parents and grandparents come in picking out games for their kids, and they may be drawn to the classics like Clue and Scrabble, but there are also updated versions of our favorite games for the kids, like The Game of Life for the Simpsons, or Spongebob Squarepants.

"Every year Christmas time is when we sell the most board games. It's the winter time. People are going to sit down at the dining room table and play a game because they can't go outside, can't do yard work. No snow yet, no sledding to do," says Nickel.

It seems most parents are looking for a balance, giving kids presents with all the lights and sounds, but also gifts they can enjoy together.

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