Finding the Perfect Game for Every Age
Next to finding time, finding the perfect game for your kids can be tough.
Here are some tips for finding the perfect game for any age.
Infants and Toddlers
They are probably not ready to play monopoly yet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t play games. When looking for a game, remember this age is entertained by the basics. Games for infants and toddler should be simple and short.
We Recommend: Hide and Seek
Grab a favorite toy and play peek-a-boo with an infant or start a game of hide and seek with your toddler. You can play indoors or in your backyard. (We like the backyard best!) They will be thrilled when you get to hide and they find you.
Game time is also learning time for school aged kids. Pick a game that works on math skills or reading skills. Just remember to keep it fun.
We Recommend: Uno!
This classic works on both colors and numbers and can be played for hours! Start an Uno tournament in your household tonight!
This group is full of energy. Look for games that can help get some of the extra energy out. Whether it be inside or outside, get your tween off the computer and running around.
We Recommend: Elbow Tag
Divide your family into pairs. Have each pair link elbows and stand in a large circle. Designate one player as "It" and choose another player, as the one being pursued. In order to escape the person who is “It” the family member being chased has the option to link elbows with one of the pairs. The family member on the opposite side of the link then has to be the one who is being chased. This switches up who is being
Perhaps the hardest age group of all, competition may be the motivating factor to get this age group interested. Interestingly enough challenging your teen to a tournament of the simplest game might prove to be an excellent icebreaker into finding out more about them.
We Recommend: Apples to Apples
This game is fun for teens and adults and is guaranteed to generate a few laughs.
For Families with Kids of Various Ages
When you have kids in different age ranges, finding a game that is appropriate for all can be tough. You do not want to make it to difficult for the younger kids or to young for the older ones. To make it more enjoyable, look for games where each child can play an important part. That way everyone feels needed and can enjoy themselves.
We Recommend: An Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Have your youngest child brainstorm all the things they have seen on your street. Make copies of a list of these items, one for each member of the family. Then head out for a family walk. Either individually or in pairs, check off the items as you find them. The first group to find all the items wins. See other great suggestions from dads on our Facebook Page!