Turn Off the Screen and Play Together.
How many family homes do you enter these days where the kids will be totally immersed in computer games? This is not bad sometimes but too much time is given over to games where the kids enter a virtual world and spend hours on a screen pushing buttons to annhiliate the enemy. It worries me that they will become confused between reality and virtual reality and then act out in real life what they do on the screen.
Watch the following very pertinent video by Gary Turk.
The Best Board Games to Play:
These are board games we play together
Some of the best times we have had as a family have been when we sit around the table in the evening and play board games till everyone is too tired to play anymore or somebody has won.
So on this page I am going to suggest some fun family board games you might like to try.
Monopoly has been around for many years now but is still a family favorite. It can involve the whole family where one person acts as banker and the rest play. The aim is to purchase property and build up an asset that will continue to make money. As each player lands on a purchased property they have to pay rent to the property owner. When he puts houses or hotels on the property the rent increases and before long one person will have amassed a lot of property and collect some serious money, others may have to mortgage their properties to pay the ever increasing rents. Its a great game and can be used to teach a lot about the principles of economics and history.
Here is a review of the junior monopoly you might find helpful : Junior Monopoly
This is a perfect strategy game for the whole family , it takes less than a minute to learn and provides fun challenges for everyone.
The players take turns placing their 21 pieces on the board: each piece must touch another of the same color, but only at the corners
Each player stakes a claim and protects his territory by fitting as many of his pieces on the board as possible while strategically blocking his opponents
The game ends when no more pieces can be placed down, and the player with the lowest number remaining wins
Kids from 7 up can play Blokus and learn some great strategical thinking.
Yahtzee is a fun family game where all you need is a yahtzee pad and some die. It is a game where each player takes his turn to throw the dice to complete a required list of groupings. such as straights, full houses, 5 of a kind , etcetera- just fill in the pad as you go. It may seem like a game of luck but it is also a game of strategic thinking. It is best played with no more than 3 or 4 players as with more it can take too long for your turn to come around again.
It can be played with 1 or more players and is suitable for the whole family.or 1 or more players ages 8 and up.
Scrabble is my all time favorite. although it can be addictive.
I love playing scrabble with my adult children, older grand children and friends. It can be a lot of fun to play in teams if there are extra players, but up to four playing at any time is good. Scrabble is a great game to improve spelling and word knowledge, it is also strategic in that you need to be always trying to maximzse the value of the words placed.
Well that’s just a few of the games that we play in our family. We have many others and there are many others available to try with your family.
Benefits of Playing Games Together.
- Increases family bonding, mum, dad and the kids playing a game together is a memorable family experience.
- Develops social skills where children learn to accept defeat and acknowledge and respect others
- Can increase general knowledge, mathematical and language skills.
- Helps develop problem solving ability when children have to think creatively to reach the best outcome.
- Family has fun. Family is communicating. Family enjoys each others company.