I wanted to take a moment to expand on the concept of Kids Games, as there are a few key points that I think are very important.
- Time – Length of Play
- Simple Rules
- Game Types
- Teaching Opportunities
Time – Length of Play
This is a very important point and one worth reiterating. Game choices for games should be ones that are short and sweet. The longer a game goes on, the more the chance that one or more kids become bored with the game. Look for games that can be played in 10-20 minutes with little setup or breakdown needed.
As you establish a Family Game Night for kids, you need to make sure as to not overwhelm them at first. Choose simple games that are easy to explain and have a limited set of clear rules. It is very important to make sure that everyone knows the rules before play starts, and that all questions about them are answered.
Generally I would recommend sticking with Board Games designed for kids. Most of the time these games were already created with length of time & simplicity in mind. They should be able to grab the attention of your kids with their design.
Card games are a little more challenging as there is no clear set of rules, and a deck of cards may not be as good at grabbing their attention. I would recommend that if you do choose to make this an option, to print out or write down a clear set of rules to play by.
Video games will be more then likely very good at grabbing your kids’ attention, but usually end up being more challenging for yourself. Don’t be afraid to try these games with your kids even if you feel they may be beyond your skills. While I can’t dance or sing, my kids love when I play their group video games with them.
Outside of the bonding that a Family Game Night creates for your family, probably the next biggest asset is the opportunities its gives to you to help teach your children. Not only can these games help build basic math & reading, they can be used to teach your kids how to act in a group setting. Kids will learn how to win and lose, how to work as a team, how to think ahead, and so forth. Take this time to communicate with your kids about all kinds of things, and just remember to let that communication be a two way street.
I would like to thank you for stopping by and I hope that you learned something. If you have any questions, comments, or tips of your own, please leave them down below in the comments and I will do my best to answer or share them!