The Winning Choice
The HLC 6FT Folding Billiards Snooker/Pool Table is the perfect option for almost all children, as it strikes just the right note between smaller sizes and high quality playing. Only the very smallest kids will find this table difficult to use. Most children, in fact, will appreciate its junior-yet-realistic dimensions and be able to use it even as they grow into young adults, developing their skills and enjoying their play.
The HLC 6FT Folding Billiards Snooker/Pool Table’s solid wood construction enhances its quality and durability, and its blue felt and clean lines catch the eye. Despite its larger size, its foldaway feature makes it an attractive option for children of all ages, and a clear winner.
Benefits of Pool/Snooker Play for Children
It might sound strange to think of pool or snooker as great games for kids, but in fact, children love to play! Pool can be a great indoor alternative to screen time when the weather is poor, and children have the opportunity to play alone or with competitors, making it an especially versatile activity.
Pool also allows children to develop skills like spatial reasoning and situational logic. Kids can practice motor skills as they play, and often appreciate pool as an alternative to rough and tumble outdoor sports. The same children who appreciate games like chess often appreciate que sports.
In addition to these skills, pool encourages problem-solving and strategy development. As children enjoy the cues and pool balls, they will also find themselves learning to take shots that set opponents at a disadvantage or thinking through the sequence of their shots, without even realising they are learning.
Finding the Right Pool Table
There are many things to keep in mind when shopping for a pool table for children. Whether you’re gifting billiards play to a grandchild, family friend, or your child or children, taking the time to choose the right table can make all the difference.
You can go several different directions when shopping for a pool table for children: you can purchase a miniature toy table made specifically for young children, a table designed to be portable and therefore smaller than a full-size table, or you can purchase a larger table that’s closer to regulation standards, but not quite full-size. Each option has its pros and cons.
A Table That’s Made for Very Young Children
The benefit to pool tables made for young children is that they’re smaller, making them accessible to even the very youngest. Their miniature dimensions lend themselves well to children who have already expressed interest in the game and can enable kids to develop their playing skills seamlessly.
They are typically more affordable because they’re not designed to be used for years and years. On the flip side, they’re often not made with the same kind of quality you might expect in a full-size pool table, and may not outlast more than one child.
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Portable tables are usually smaller than full-size eight- or nine-foot tables but have the added benefit of being able to fold away or put away. Because of this, they’re often a good choice players who aren’t yet fully grown. Children don’t have to struggle to reach across the table and can use cues that are their size to play.
Again, these portable types of tables won’t necessarily last–or create the kind of competitive environment–the way a high end, adult-size table would.
A More Realistic Pool Table
Full-size pool tables can be eight feet or nine feet long. If you are gifting a table, and don’t want to purchase a miniature toy table or a portable table, you might consider a regular pool table. Obviously, this option will not be suitable for very young children, but slightly older children will appreciate the more realistic dimensions of tables this size.
How to Choose the Right Table
Once you’ve thought through the type of pool table you’ll be purchasing there is a host of other features to consider. One of the first things you should consider is the table top’s composition. Tables can be constructed from any number of materials, but the best are made from slate. This presents obvious setbacks, namely portability. However, if you desire a regulation table, you’ll want to make sure your table is made from slate that’s 1” thick.
The legs and frame of the table are the next things you should consider. Well-constructed pool table legs are very important. Not only must they hold up what can be a very heavy table, but they must also hold up as children lean on, climb on, or otherwise put weight on the table. They also must be able to keep the table level.
In a portable table, the table legs should come with a leveller. Particularly if the pool table is made with slate, the frame of the table should also be very strong, preferably constructed with cross beams.
You should also consider the accessories that the table comes with: billiard pools, cue sticks, etc. All of these items can be purchased separately, but the buyer should consider that this will add to the overall investment.