While some concern is great (because it means that you’re thinking about it and trying to do well for the kids), it is also sometimes better to have a “good enough” session that actually happens versus a “perfect” session that stays in the planning phase.
This article has a whole bunch of ideas and examples for creating environmental challenges to try out in your games! I receive a lot of questions or comments about how to give more action-packed but non-violent encounters for young players, and environmental challenges are one of my favorite go-tos.
Tabletop Role-Playing Therapy by Dr. Megan Connell is a guide for clinicians looking to use TTRPGs with their clients. As a layperson, this was also an amazing exploration into why our regular, non-guided sessions and campaigns can feel therapeutic, and it has deepened my perspective on what TTRPGs can be – I hope you find it as engaging as I have!
TTRPGkids itself is a tool for supporting kid-friendly TTRPGs, but there’s A LOT more out there to check out too!…
A Million Lightyears Away is a space themed TTRPG for ages 8-12 that features kid characters, Year Zero mechanics adjusted for younger players, and tips on creating a streamlined campaign for children! Check it out here!
Resilience is a critical skill that affects how we handle life’s twists and turns, and, while it is important for adults to learn too, it is imperative that kids have the opportunity to pick up resilience skills to help them later in life, in handling their current school load, and more… And TTRPGs are an excellent way to practice handling failure and dealing with life’s nat 1’s.
Super City by Amalara Game Studios is an easy to follow and quick to learn superhero themed TTRPG for kids! It’s great for making young hero characters and going on some awesome adventures together!!
I’ve featured Lucky Newt’s games on the site before and am happy to share that Lucky Newt is now running a campaign to support becoming an LLC! Please check it out and get a ton of awesome games to try with your kids while supporting the dream of an amazing person and creator.
Stop a terrible curse with the help of chaotic nature spirits in this tabletop RPG inspired by Gravity Falls and Hilda.
Time Tails is a time-travel themed TTRPG that was featured in Snowbright’s game and fiction magazine, Cozy Companion, which dives into world lore, all-ages activities, and educational themes that are great for kids and adults alike! Check out Time Tails RPG here and get a bit of an extra peek of what’s up with Cozy Companion!
I have read about, received messages from, and talked with several families and educators who are hesitant to start TTRPGs with their kids because they’re stressed about getting all the steps right.