A Tradition of Excellence!
Aristoplay designs and produces products that strive to be the very best in quality, earning a reputation that remains a hallmark to this day. The Aristoplay name derives from the Greek word "Aristos," meaning "best," to reflect product quality and pay tribute to Aristoplay's first product, Greek Myths and Legends. From its first of many Parents' Choice "Best Toy" awards in 1984, Aristoplay consistently wins top honors and commendations throughout the toy industry. But the true measure of a product's success is in the delight it brings to children. We share some of the thousands of product testimonials we receive on every game page.
In the fast-paced, electronic age of today, Aristoplay games and activities help slow the pace by providing a positive meeting ground for parents and kids to spend time together playing. In examining the value of family game playing, we discover merits that won't quickly be replaced with electronics.
If you think about it, all board games are educational. To play them we have to read and understand the rules, develop strategies, and in many of the games on the market today, decide whether we'll play competitively or cooperatively. In addition, when we play board games we're developing important social skills: taking turns, sharing, developing patience, practicing diplomacy, and understanding sportsmanship, whether it's learning to be a gracious winner or a stoic loser. Families and friends can reinforce the learning process as they sit around a table, facing each other, looking each other in the eye. Parents can assess their children's character building needs while playing board games with them. Electronic games don't usually provide that level of group interaction. All the players will be surprised at the other information that is volunteered around the table during a game. In other words, board games are great communication tools to help families stay in touch.
Parents who want quality time with their children are delighted when they find a game that also helps the child in school, or that furthers her existing interest in a topic. This could be a game that plays as simply as Candyland, while imparting information about a child's favorite subject, say horses or dinosaurs. There are also games that masquerade as strategy games while developing reading or math skills. Educational games hold the interest of all the players, even when the age groups span two or even three generations. Aristoplay gets letters from families who play our games at reunions because of the conversations that ensue between children, parents and grandparents.
Educational games can also provide a helpful distraction when a parent or a teacher needs to help a child improve in a specific area - math for example. A parent can help a child practice needed math skills by playing a game that is dependent on both skill and luck instead of drilling with dreaded flash cards. Both parties will be amazed with the speedy progress possible accompanied by smiles rather than tears.
Games that teach allow us to "kill a number of birds with one stone." We spend quality time with our children when we play with them. We share with them the importance of learning, and we demonstrate that learning is life long. We, the grown-ups, don't know everything. By playing informative games with our children, we're refreshing our own store of knowledge while we share in an important way with them. And best of all, we're having fun - together!