Kids are full of energy and eagerness to play. Parents should be the first to encourage them to spend time playing with their toys and making up scenarios in their heads. Games are a crucial part of child development as it is one of the ways that kids experience and decode the world around them, which is still totally new and alien to them.
A way to show your support is by teaching them some games that they can play with you, with their friends or on their own. What kind of games can you teach them? You will find four ideas below.
Idea 1: Sports
Sports are the easiest way to have fun with your kids while at the same time you teach them about the significance of exercising and of respecting rules. You can choose a sport you like depending on the size of your house and its yard. You can buy a kids basketball hoop and a basketball or a ping pong equipment – you can replace the ping pong table with the kitchen table. The easiest sport you can recreate in your house is bowling. You can use half-filled water bottles as tenpins and a small plastic ball toy as the bowling ball.
Idea 2: Mini Golf
Mini golf is not recognised by everyone as a sport but it is heavily inspired by golf. You will definitely need some equipment in order to design your own mini golf course in your house. You will need golf balls, sticks and fun obstacles. Besides the fun colours and the imaginative nature of the equipment, the best thing about mini golf is that you can create a course even if your available space is small.
Idea 3: Treasure Hunt
If you want to develop your child’s critical thinking skills, you can organise a treasure hunt. This is a fun activity that contributes to the bonding of the family as they spend quality time together and create sweet memories. Planning a hunt when there are kids of different ages can be tricky. However, it will be the perfect opportunity to teach your children the importance of teamwork. You should keep two things in mind when you are planning the game; add questions and riddles that correspond to all age levels and set an exciting and desirable reward.
Idea 4: Arts and Crafts
One more way to bring the whole family together and do an activity that can accommodate the mental capacity and interests of members at all ages is doing arts and crafts. The Internet offers a bazillion videos and articles of fun decorations and toys you can create. You will find a step-by-step guide for whatever you and your kids want to make. The only issue is that you should know what craft you will attempt to make in advance so that you can go out and buy all the necessary supplies.
For Nature themed games check out this post on The Ladybird Adventures.
Or Maybe you could have a fun games day for your kids with popcorn like we did when we had our Popcorn Olympics
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