We play A LOT of games at our house. Catch this video and find out why and how we started. Plus- how cute is my little dude. He was so excited to join me on my first “Scope“. (Follow me @resadesign)
Here are the notes I promised from our Periscope (now on YouTube).
How to get started playing board games with your children (3 and up):
- Choose short games. (5-15 minutes max)
- Stress how much fun it is to spend time playing together.
- Lots of encouragement from you will keep them interested in sitting with you longer. “This is so fun.” “I love spending time with you.” You get it!
- Make your own games! Check out these great ideas for pre-school game players.
- Build up your stamina over time.
- Choose a time that is ideal (i.e. not before nap or meal time, when kids tend to be cranky.)
Tips for playing games with wiggly kids:
- Choose active games. We like Hullabaloo for tinies and Headbands Active for the reading crowd.
- Classics like hot potato, musical chairs, Twister, Pin the Tail on the Donkey are all easy games for younger kids and don’t require sitting for too long.
Choosing the best game for your family:
- Avoid strategy games (even if you like the better) until children can be taught or have a basic understanding of strategy. Checkers and Connect 4 are great games for learning strategy.
- Start with easy, fast ending games, and build up your stamina. Even the most patient adult can not sit through an hour of Chutes and Ladders or Sorry with a new player.
- Ask friends and teacher for suggestions of age and reading level appropriate games.
- Try a new game at least 3 times before you send it away, or shelf it for a later year. Some games are duds- we have gotten rid of games that just don’t play well or are too confusing. It happens.
- Garage sales and resale shops are great places to find new games to try. (Be sure to check for most important pieces before you purchase. Missing dice, markers, or money? No problem, borrow from another game, or make your own.)
Our family game rules:
- Play by the written rules (unless new rules are agreed upon before starting). We usually write new rules in the rule book or add a note to the box.
- No quitting.
- Be a good loser and a good winner. (No whining, no bragging.)
- Everyone helps clean up.
Playing games together as a family is such a great experience. It’s also a fun way to teach and model life skills such as cooperation, teamwork, empathy, sympathy, encouragement, patience, perseverance, and so much more.
List of games mentioned in Periscope: (Not paid advertisements)
((Lots of these games are on sale right now. Stock up for holidays?))
Easy & Mixed age group family games:
- Spot it! (Shown: Original & MLB)
- Left Right Center
- Guess Who
- Card Holder (Extra)
Medium skill level games (readers- elementary schoolers):
Harder games (requires a good understanding of strategic gameplay):
Please add your favorite family games in the comments. We are ALWAYS ready to add more games to our game cabinet.
Enjoy your family time – Resa