TTRPG with Kids
TTRPG for Young Kids
No one has the pure chaos that is imagination better than a child. I have been introducing table top gaming to my students (ages 4- 1st grade) as a "nap time" activity that we play and they have absolutely loved it. I will state right now that gaming with kids, especially young ones, takes a lot of patience and it will not be for everyone. We play a lot more "rule of cool" and learn as we go rather than require a bunch of reading for children before we even get into the games. No matter which TTRPG we play, the children are always super excited to be someone new and roll some dice.
In my case, TTRPGs are an extra curricular activity and I needed to get parent permission forms signed before a child could join my table. There are lots of educational benefits for playing TTRPGs. The players (in this case my students) need to work cooperatively together where they use their imagination to co-create a story. Each decision they make in the game has them use problem-solving solutions that they can use to meet real life needs. TTRPGs build other skills such as improving emotional expression, creative play, social skills and patience. There are also educational purposes with math (addition and subtraction), reading, and figuring out patterns.
There are a variety of different TTRPGs that I introduce to my kids (usually in 2-3 week rotations). We play a rules light, and no weapons, version of Dungeons and Dragons 5e; we play caltrop core games such as Domesticate and Trash Pals; we play World of Wyldvir, and we learn ASL through the ttrpg Inspirisles.