Parents - Getting Kids Involved!
The Fourth in a Series of Articles for Parents of Young Players
Earlier this week I was the victim of a lovely virus that wiped out a good portion of my computer's programs, starting with my McAfee virus checker. =/ Fortunately, I immediately realized what was up and was able to save my files. Unfortunately, it still took me a good deal of time to restore my computer to an acceptable working state from scratch. Needless to say, I didn't have time to prepare a full article for you, but I did want to chime in some since it was Friday and I did promise in my last article that I would have something for you. Thank you ahead of time for your understanding on the briefness of my article! And thank you for all the letters I've been receiving, surprisingly, not only from parents, but also from kids thanking me for explaining some questions their parents had! Cool...
At our gaming store, we are sometimes asked by parents what the appropriate age is to start kids off in Magic: The Gathering. There are a couple of things to take into consideration here. First off, does your child enjoy games in general, and especially, card games. If the answer is yes, I believe that kids could begin playing modified Magic decks as young as age 8, or even a bit earlier! Kids that "want in" at a young age usually do so because they know someone older who plays, usually a sibling or neighbor. Another consideration is the level of cards available:
Level - Beginners or 8 to 10 year olds.
Level - 10 to 12 year olds
Level - 12 and up (dabbling by younger kids)
Of course, the ages suggested above are just that; suggestions. Any beginner of any age can start with Portal, and a few younger kids can dabble in the higher levels. Above all, just have fun!! Until next time, may all your creatures be bigger than your opponents!
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