Get in the Game With Your Own Family Game Night
It’s Friday night, and for once the whole family is home. No one working late, no kids at soccer practice, just an uninterrupted evening of family time. But when you look around the house, you see your teenager on her phone, your younger ones playing on their tablet, and even your spouse is checking email. Whatever happened to family bonding?
Enter Family Game Night! It’s just what you need to get everyone off their screens and into a little friendly family competition. Whether it’s a rousing game of Yahtzee, a laughter-filled battle of Crazy Eights or an edge-of-your seat round of Jenga, Family Game Night will become a tradition the whole family will look forward to.
Win or lose, it’s always fun when you’re on a team
A scheduled night of gaming fun is not just entertaining, it also delivers a number of benefits that aid in children’s development, building skills that extend further than just the steady hand required to remove the funny bone in a tense game of Operation. Playing games develops children’s sense of sportsmanship and competition, and they learn how to both win and lose gracefully.
Playing a variety of games with the family also develops a sense of teamwork. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your son and daughter start to get along when the goal is to team up against Mom and Dad, whether it’s a speed round of Pictionary or a hilarious game of Taboo.
Skill-building that feels like a game (because it is a game!)
Regular game playing also develops a range of skills that translate into real-world proficiency.
- Board games with money, such as Monopoly, can be a great way to start to develop financial awareness and acumen in children of all ages
- Strategic games such as Risk or chess can develop problem-solving and strategic thinking skills, not to mention learning how to visualize a step ahead.
- Rolling dice or shuffling cards can develop motor skills in younger kids, including hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills.
- Memory skills get a workout in a number of matching and card games, such as Memory or Go Fish.
- Developing numeracy skills can be fun with games like Uno or Scrabble.
- Performing games, such as Charades, not only enhance communication skills in kids of all ages, but also promote serious laughter.
But don’t forget – although Family Game Night does have a number of social and developmental benefits for you and the kids, even more importantly – it’s just plain fun and it’s an opportunity to spend valuable time with your kids – time that you don’t often get with the TV and video games competing for your kids’ attention. And do you really even need to tell them that while they’re having so much fun, that they’re actually learning, too? We don’t think so.