Ready to Play a Game?
Good "Old-Fashioned Fun"
These days, there is no shortage to the list of board games, dice games, card games, and trivia games available for people of all ages to play - and that's not even including electronic ones! Obviously, they continue to be produced, as noted by the store shelves' stacks of games for sale. Such good and "old-fashioned" hands-on, tangible games are convenient to play without the use of batteries, electricity, or any devices. Any of them make for exciting fun all year round, but can be especially helpful in beating the rainy day (or snowy day) blues!
Some of the earliest board games in existence yet today include Life, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, Clue, Chutes and Ladders, and Scrabble. These games have allowed players to:
- learn how to take turns and follow directions
- develop logic, spelling, and math skills
- exercise knowledge in current events, geography, history, sports, and the arts
- compete on teams or individually with peers or as a family
- indulge in role play
Games are what children do in order to learn more about life. If not given the opportunity to explore, they will find school that much more difficult and boring!
Since children need to learn how to develop the skill of taking turns, learning how to add and subtract, and read, why not help them do all of these things with some of best-loved games that just about every toddler has played?
Best-loved toddler games
You can't go wrong with these favorites:
- Candy Land
- Chutes and Ladders
- Go Fish
- Old Maid
Games for elementary schoolers
Once children have mastered basic concepts of gameplay, you can encourage them to develop spelling skills, numbers, and money with:
- Yahtzee, Cosmic Cows (this author's family favorite!), or Farkle
- The Game of Life
- Apples to Apples
Games for older youth and adults
It goes without saying that adults can play games meant for children along with children, but there should always be a variety of entertaining games of different challenges so that as kids get older, they will continue build higher thinking and reasoning skills, memorize facts and figures, and gain a full understanding of the world around them as they age, as with:
- Amazing States
- Shut the Box
- Trivia Pursuit and other trivia-type games
- Connect 4
There's No Wrong Way to Play
Games are meant to be played to have fun - which means you can make it how you want to - and even make your own rules or come up with completely new games of your own! Playing the kinds of games suggested for the purpose of this article will help foster communication between parents and children, as well as children and their peers, giving everyone to more actively engage the mind, and not have to suffer the frustration of broken parts, updates to download, or technical errors that can result from electronic or computerized games. Best of all, board games and the like are affordable, portable, durable, and can provide you with countless hours of entertainment for years to come!
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