Aside from entertainment including technology like watching TV or playing video games, it can be difficult to think of interactive games to engage your children. Interactive games can be brilliant for improving your child’s cognitive thinking and physical ability as you can play games that exercise their brains and their bodies.
1- Scavenger Hunts
There is nothing that children love more than the excitement of a scavenger hunt. This is a good way to get the kids moving for a couple of hours and brings out a healthy competitive side of them. It would also be a good way to treat your children for helping out around the house or doing well at school as you could make the final scavenged item a big prize. One element of scavenger hunts that would be engaging for your child would be adding a riddle element to your hunt. This would really exercise your child’s mind as they would have to be quick on their feet and think of answers quickly in order to find the items. A scavenger hunt would also be a great bonding exercise for your children as you can put them into teams in order to solve the hunt, perhaps even inviting some of their friends over.
2- Memory Games –
Memory games are always engaging for children as it once again brings out their competitive sides. There are many forms of memory games, from matching cards to removing objects from a set. Either way, it’s a sure fire way to gain the attention of your children. Developing your child’s memory at a young age will be very beneficial to their education in the future, as it will help them with exams when they are older. This is something that schools do with continuous testing, this will be a funner for your child and it will be a refreshing break from the hard work they do in school. Once again, if you do Memory games in teams, you could help to solidify their relationships with friends and improve their team working abilities.
3- Games that challenge your child’s ideals.
This would have the same kind of vibe as Would you rather? Which is a fun game for people of all ages. Obviously you wouldn’t give your children the same questions that you give your friends, but it can still be a very fun exercise. Once again this is the kind of game that gets your child thinking. It also gives them a chance to question their morality, which most games for children do not do. This is a really good way to develop your children’s personality and teach them about what is wrong and right. Would you rather is also a fantastic way to get to know your children, you’ll find out what scares them or even what makes them laugh, which will really solidify your bond.
Pictionary is a great creative outlet for children while also being a fun family game to spend an evening doing. This will not only test your child’s artistic abilities, but it will encourage them to work under time constraints – something that they will really benefit from in the future. Once again, to play this game you will need to work in teams, which will improve your child’s ability to work with other people.
5- Hide and Seek
Every child loves hide and seek. It comes with the excitement of having to catch/ run from friends. Your child has to also think tactically when playing this game and will encourage cognitive development. It’s also just a very enjoyable game which lots of children will be interested in taking part of as it really doesn’t require too much work and costs absolutely nothing to do. You can also make it interesting by making it a game of sardines which means your children will have to work together to stay hidden.
6- Simon says
Simon says is also a very popular game among children and will improve their ability to listen to instructions. Once again, this will be good practice for when they’re in school, where they will often have to listen to instructions. It again brings out some healthy competition among your children and can be made funny through the use of some silly movements. It is also completely free and you can do it wherever you want.