It’s nearly Easter! Just like last year, it will be another Easter where we spend more time at home with our family. Kids get easily bored and they can only watch so much TV per day, so here we’re looking at 7 easy affordable fun games that the whole family can play.
Playdough is suitable for 2 – 6 year olds and offers an endless variety of interesting activities for youngsters. Find some cool playdough activities here: https://www.learning4kids.net/play-categories/list-of-play-dough-activities/
While it teaches good hand-eye coordination and improves creativity and imagination, its other many benefits can be viewed at: https://theimaginationtree.com/benefits-of-playing-with-play-dough/.
Make your own playdough using only 3 ingredients: https://www.makeandtakes.com/3-ingredient-play-dough:
Jenga is a game played with 54 hardwood tower blocks. The objective is to remove a brick from the bottom and place it on the top of the tower. This becomes more and more difficult as the game continues until a player causes the tower to crash. The winner is the last person to place a block at the top successfully. The more players there are, the more fun it is. Besides hand-eye coordination, playing Jenga has several other benefits too. For more information, view: https://www.gamesver.com/20-benefits-of-playing-jenga-reap-the-rewards/
This is a guessing game for 2 or more participants of any age. One person chooses an object within sight of all the players (in a particular room) and tells the other players “I spy with my little eye something beginning with..” and names the first letter of the chosen object. The others look around the room and try to guess which is the object. The person who guesses correctly becomes the player who starts the next round. It is ideal for learning how to take turns and to talk in a group.
Noughts & Crosses
This is a simple game for two people of any age which can be played anywhere with just a pen and a piece of paper. Draw a square grid on your paper which contains nine squares arranged in 3s ( ie. 3 x 3). In turn, each person selects a square in which to put either a cross or a nought. The idea is to get a winning line of 3 Noughts or 3 Crosses so choosing where and what to write in your square is critical. This game develops step-by-step logical thinking. Click here for more info: http://www.helpmykidlearn.ie/activities/5-7/detail/noughts-and-crosses
This is a game of physical and mental skill. Hold a bundle of sticks, approximately 8-20 centimetres long, in a bunch in your hand, release these onto a level surface like the floor, carpet or tabletop – this will create a jumbled pile. Each player tries to remove a stick without moving any of the others. Keep playing until you move a stick. Then it’s the next player’s turn. The player with the most sticks at the end is the winner. It can be played with 2 or more people of any age. Please visit: https://www.wikihow.com/Play-Pick-up-Sticks and learn how to make your own set at: https://www.familyeducation.com/fun/family-games/pick-sticks. For all its benefits visit: https://www.theottoolbox.com/diy-pick-up-sticks-fine-motor-visual-perceptual-development/
Who Am I?
This is a guessing game which is more fun when played with a large group. One player chooses a famous person. The other players have to guess this person’s identity by asking questions to which the leader only answers yes or no. The questions will be based on the well-known traits and characteristics of this famous person. Who am 1? increases general knowledge and encourages retentive memory. Please visit: https://www.instructables.com/How-to-Play-Who-am-I/
Scavenger hunts can be played indoors or outdoors. Let your children have fun and the thrill of hunting for Easter eggs, like the inexpensive marshmallow ones, to see how many they can find. If it’s to be indoors, then confine the search and hiding places to a specific area or room in the home. They will love checking and seeing who has found the most and then enjoy their treasure. Scavenger hunts encourage problem-solving skills, exercise for both the body and mind and can even be enjoyed by adults. Variations on scavenger hunts can be found at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/parental-resource-kit/scavenger-hunt.html.
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