Yes, all those electronic toys are great fun, but there’s still room for much simpler, thoughtful entertainment. Games that involve two or more kids or family members interacting at a time.
Instead of sitting and watching a computer screen, we can be down on the floor or at the kitchen table playing and connecting with each other. Board games not only give us an opportunity to interact with each other, but they build a bond between parents and children, as well as children and their friends.
Family Game Night
We love our family nights when we sit around the table with soft drinks and snacks playing our board games.
These Games are Fun for the Whole Family!
Family game night can be added to the weekly schedule. I love watching the kids countdown to the day they get to play a game as a family instead of watching TV!
Games for Young Kids
As a teenager, my first job was babysitting. That was, of course, before there were more than 3 or 4 channels available on the tv. As a result, entertaining the kids fell completely on my shoulders. Board games were always an excellent choice! The kids loved them and the time of babysitting passed quickly. I actually enjoyed a lot of those games myself, even if it would have seemed childish to my peers.
Chutes and Ladders is a well known, popular game for children, but there are lots of really fun games available for preschoolers today!
Here are just a few. I also included the ever popular “Chutes and Ladders”:
Perfect for 3 & 4 year-olds
Children love to play games! They love to have the ones they love sit down them and play a little game. I remember well the many times my grandmother stopped what she was doing, and sat down to play cards with me.
Why not take a little time to jump right in and play the board games with your pre-schoolers!
You might be surprised at how much fun you have, but more importantly they will always remember you made time for them.
The Sneaky Snacky Squirrel Game is ideal for preschool children and, as they play, they will also be developing their matching and sorting skills and tuning fine motor skills without even realizing it. It’s learning and developing made easy and fun.
You Will Never Be Sorry!
Children instinctively know when you care about them. A major part of any lasting relationship is investing the time building that relationship and participating in activities together. The preschool board games may seem boring to adults, but spending time with our children is not boring. One thing I know for sure, you will never be sorry for the time you spend with your children and they will always value the memories.
Qwirkle– Great Board Game for Kids 5 & Up
I’ll leave the longer explanation of this game to the manufacturers, (you can click through a read), but this is basically a game of “plotting and scheming,” matching tiles to win points.
Sounds simple, but this game is good enough to have won the Parent’s Choice Gold Award and a Mensa Select National Competition.
Qwirkle is designed for ages 6 and up and for two to four players.
Game Choices for 5 to 7 Year Olds
In my pre-teen and early teen years, our birthday parties consisted mostly of playing board games.
To this day, I still remember the girls of my youth as some of the sweetest people I have ever known. I believe that is in large part due to the fact that I actually knew them. I knew their hearts, their beliefs and I knew how they thought. A lot of that was simply because of the interaction. When we played board games, we laughed together, fussed together and won and lost together.
A bound was created and we were truly friends, just as it is today when I play games with my friends & family!
Get Together for a Lot of Fun!
Not only do we play board games together as a family, but we always encourage our children to invite their friends over.
As they have grown up, it has really been nice to hear their voices at the kitchen table, laughing and having fun. Not worried that they are out somewhere else or busted curfews!