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Fun Summer Games for Kids and Adults

Updated on August 12, 2013
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Games of All Kinds

It is important that the games you choose to play are age appropriate. Older kids will get bored, and younger children will get confused and bored. If you plan for a weekly family game night (friends can be included) your kids may carry on the tradition when they have families of their own.

Board games are always a fun way to spend an evening. The memories you are making are priceless. You will remember the laughter, the hugs and high fives, and of course arguing over the rules. Board games not only allow you to spend quality family time, but educational opportunity usually knocks on the door. Everybody learns and ultimately wins.

  • Scrabble
  • Candyland
  • Life
  • Yatzee
  • Hungry Hungry Hippo

Other games are available on smart phones for times when the family has to wait; for instance if you are stuck in a long line, or are waiting for an appointment. This type of gaming is not recommended on a regular basis as it separates the child from the family, unless it is a game in need of group participation. There are many apps you can choose from.

Still yet, games like playing cards and travel board games should be in your purse or the car for when you and the kids are on the go. If you are waiting in an airport or doctor's office, try some fun learning activities. And teach your children the dying art of cardboard or paper game playing. Remember these card games?

  • Rummy
  • Go Fish
  • Poker (for toothpicks or beans)
  • Hearts
  • War

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Video Games

Physical video games are incredibly healthy and fun for everyone. Wii or PS III have games for rent or sale at your local video store, or online.

Why not be healthy when you are playing? People used to do it all the time 30 years ago. Take in a nice game of golf. Play baseball or tennis. Box each other without hitting each other. It really is quite fascinating when you stop and think about the recent advance in technology.

Sports in the Yard

Many outside games can be quite exhilarating. Here are a few ideas:

Please be sure to wear water shoes and lots of sun block when your are playing outside games. It is also important to keep yourself and your children hydrated, so drink lots.

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

Here are a few More Ideas; 1on1 or Every1

READING

Start reading to your child at birth. Its never too early to start. However, when they are older, take turns reading from the same book. If it is the child’s homework, you will be sharing the responsibility (a small price to pay for his or her listening to your portion of the story, and the quality time together). I’m sure many of you disagree with me, and I’m okay with that.

There is never a bad time for reading, however bed time seems to be a great time to relax and settle in with a good book before your child goes to sleep.

A RAINY DAY MOVIE MARATHON (with popcorn)

Whether its the Disney channel, or the entire series of the Harry Potter flicks, sometimes just staying in all day and night wearing your pajamas, building a fort in the living room, and ordering pizza is a great time.

It gives the feeling of a slumber party. Be sure to have plenty of healthy snacks on hand, like veggies with at least 3 kinds of dip. A tray of cheese or peanut butter crackers, or apples with caramel and/or chocolate dip, is a fun movie snack also.

Thank you for your interest in my writing. I certainly hope the read was helpful and entertaining. I like to learn from others. So, please, say what you would like to say in the comments section; as long as you are professional.

"Be kind to one another" ~ Ellen

God Bless You ~ Margaret Sullivan

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    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      9 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      I'm glad I've inspired you, habee! Sometimes, my husband and I turn on some music and play Battle Ship. We like to have friends over for board games also...it is so much fun (very inexpensive, and personal).

      What are your favorite games?

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      I used to love playing board games. About the only time we play them now is when we're on vacation. I think you've inspired me to take them up again! Voted up.

    • Mmargie1966 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mmargie1966 

      9 years ago from Gainesville, GA

      Thank you, teaches! I grew up playing games and have such fond memories as well.

      I appreciate your comment!

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      Dianna Mendez 

      9 years ago

      Great ideas for the whole family. We enjoy scrabble when we get together with the kids and always have such fun laughing on the word selections. Go Fish is also another favorite with the grandkids. Enjoyed your post.

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