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New Monopoly token: Cat replaces housewife's iron, good riddance!

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An article by Melanie L. Martin titled How Board Games Can Help Your Children Learn lists five board games to help your child learn and Monopoly beats out Chess for the top slot.

Martin wrote, “Monopoly can teach your children a multitude of subjects. They practice addition by adding the dice together to see how far they move. They must know how to add the money together and make change if necessary. Children's reading skills will be called into use with the Chance and Community Chest cards as well as the property names and information.” 

If you want to know how Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, Scrabble, chess, and other popular board games jumpstart a child’s education even at the preschool level, see the full article

The Toy Industry Association’s Toy Fair will kick off this Sunday in NYC, where the newest toys and games for 2013 will be on display. Hasbro isn’t saying what they will bring to the gaming table for the event.

When I told my sons about the shift in the Monopoly tokens my nine-year-old swiftly pointed out, “Iron? Does our set have one of those?” My teens chimed-in, “Yeah Mom, we’ve never seen that token on our board. Are you sure it came with one?”

Oh it came with one, it just didn’t remain with one. Perhaps it’s time to order a new, more complete set online? Either way, our new kitten sits on the board and wreaks havoc on my behalf whenever we play so it’s a win-win.

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