My kids love to play games. My oldest son’s favorite game right now is to play hide and seek. He always hides in the same spot, and then peeks his head out and yells “Here I am!”. He doesn’t get the whole point yet, but he sure has a lot of fun.
Family game time is so special for the kids especially. I remember family game night well from when I was a kid. There was always this feeling of closeness and comfort – that was rooted in all the fun we had. I have such fond memories of those times. We didn’t have a TV, so reading together and game night happened alternately most evenings. I loved those times.
And I want to give my children the same warm, secure, and comforting memories I have. And even though they are still really little (4 1/2 and 3), we can do some fun, silly games.
1. Hide and Seek
So, okay – they don’t get the idea that they should choose a spot to hide where we actually have to look for them….and that we should have to hunt until we find them. The idea isn’t about the rules, the idea is to have fun. So, we take turns hiding, finding, and laughing hilariously. They love it!
2. Puzzle Mix
This is a less silly game and more instructional. But my kids love puzzles, so its a fun one. Take all your wooden puzzles and dump the pieces into a huge heap on the floor and see who can put a puzzle together the fastest (hint, mom and dad — take your time and let them win..its a lot more fun that way)
You can purchase a memory game, or make your own with index cards by printing off two copies of your child’s favorite cartoon characters. Most kids like memory, and it helps them learn to differentiate between characters and shapes.
4. Dance Party
Turn on some of your liveliest music and get your groove on. You can mix it up by doing a crazy dance and then having your kids copy you – and you can take turns with who is the “dance leader”.
5. Crazy Dress Up
I got this idea from my brother. When his kids were little, they would take turns going into each others’ closets and putting together silly outfits. The rest of the family would wait with anticipation for the “fashion show”. You can take pictures or make movies, too.
Does your family play games together? What is your child’s favorite game?
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