3. Hide and Seek
If you want to teach your kids problem solving skill, Hide and Seek is a great game that you should choose. This game requires kids to stay as long as possible, so they have to assess their options in order to choose the best possible hiding spot. This results in helping them build spatial awareness since kids have to consider several factors such as picking the hiding places that can offer the most cover from the most vantage points. When they gain experience with the game, they will take an even deeper assessment approach, considering which spots are usually used during free play and most likely to be checked first.
4. Row Your Boat
Self-awareness is an important skill that parents should teach for their kids. That’s one of the reasons why you should introduce the game Row Your Boat to them. It is simple to play this game: you just need to pair kids up facing one another with knees bent up behind them and holding hands, then instruct them to rock back and forth in time to the song Row Your Boat. This game requires kids to work together and have a look at their own movements at all times. This game is played best with a CD or a YouTube song, so you can add a surprising element by stopping music abruptly to help your kids focus on auditory cues as well as match their physical movements to them.
5. Simon Says
Simon Says is a great game to teach your kids how to pay close attention to instructions, at the same time giving them the experience of leadership. In this game, one kid asks their peers to do silly actions by saying sentences such as “Simon Says jump like monkeys.” The other kids will do the action as long as the leader adds the terms “Simon says” to their instructions.
If kids don’t pay attention, they will be the only one doing the silly action wrongly. That motivates them to listen closely to the whole set of instructions before getting started.
Childhood may be a cruelly short period of a person’s life but the clan’s family tree is a big part of what makes things memorable. Playing games with kids is a fantastic opportunity to connect and create sweet moment with them. It is also an essential part of the learning process, teaching kids skills that will help them later in life. Let’s get started with these top six games to discover how they model real-life situations and helps kids learn how to act.
1. Duck, Duck, Goose
Duck, Duck, Goose is one of the most favorite games among kids. It is not only funny but also excellent for teaching kids strategic thinking. Players sit in a circle with one walking around, tapping each head in turn, and saying “duck.” They finally pick one kid to be the “goose” and run around to try to take that kid’s place before the “goose” can catch them. If they reach the end without getting tagged, the “goose” comes back to its own seat and the original player continues running around the circle.
Playing this game makes kids think about how to pick a player to be the “goose” who will help them have a better chance of getting back to their seats without being tagged. Therefore, the game teaches kids to make a plan and know the importance of their decisions.
2. Musical Chairs
Playing Musical Chairs teaches kids to deal with disappointment, resolve arguments peacefully, and practice patience. Place chairs in a circle, one fewer than the number of kids joining the game, and play music while kids walk around the circle. Once the music stops, kids must try to sit on a chair and the kid who don’t get a chair are out. Then remove a chair and start again.
This game teaches children how to deal with the frustration of being out of the game, so practicing patience and waiting graciously. They also learn to use their words to argue about who got the chair first or whose chair is whose. An adult should be there to make sure conflicts are settled peacefully as well as to help kids who have to be out of the game remain cheerful.