It looks like parents are turning back from small-screen entertainment to more traditional forms of family entertainment this year.

As we head towards Christmas, it seems that parents and kids are more keen to interact with each other than playing with their phones and tablets. Table-top games are making a comeback! 86% of 4-9-year-old boys and girls said playing table-top games is one of their favourite forms of play. For girls only, the figure is 87%, while almost 90% of 6-year-olds of both sexes rate table-top games over other forms of play.

Table Top GamesA predicted 51% increase over last year in the purchase of  table-top games (which include traditional board games and action games) among parents of 4-9 year-olds may well be on the way.

The prediction has emerged from new independent research carried out this Autumn on behalf of Drumond Park, one of the UK’s largest producers of table-top games for all ages. A total of 1,000 respondents, all parents of 4-9 year-olds, answered an anonymous questionnaire online.

The research confirms that on average this year, parents have bought or are planning to buy at least three table-top games for their family to enjoy. This is on top of the six games they already own, on average. The number of new purchases is likely to reach a peak average of 3.37 for parents of six-year-olds, a massive 65% increase over 2015.

Enthusiasm for table-top games may well be rooted in parents’ own experiences as children. They recall happy times when their parents joined in with them, and took a genuine interest in things their offspring loved to do.

Pressures on today’s parents leave them little spare time to be active participants in their children’s pastimes, but a table-top game offers a perfect opportunity to relax with the kids. A game doesn’t take much time to play, all family members can take part together and, while everyone’s attention is focused on the game, the sense of emotional bonding is palpable – even when there are the inevitable arguments about whose turn it is, or who has ‘bagged’ the favourite playing piece.

But the main reason parents want more table-top games than ever before is because their children just love them.

And what better reason to reintroduce your family to table-top games this Christmas?