Entertaining Children With Board Games - myoungchild.com

Entertaining Children With Board Games

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Why should children (and parents!) play video games? Playing the game is not a broad category; rather, it is a collection of activities children engage in during their free time. In today s world, childhood is being stretched to accommodate leisure activities that are often more sedentary and therefore less beneficial for children than more active games. You might have noticed that your children are playing video games that mirror other aspects of their daily life – from their outdoor activities to their school work. We have been brainwashed into believing that a child must be engaged in intellectual conversation and reading; we are now trying to place them in intellectual labor that does more for the child’s short term memory and cognitive abilities than for their physical health.

An Overview

Board Games

Most games children usually play involve participating in an interactive activity that requires the use of some motor skill such as throwing a ball or holding a pencil or finger in front of a desired target. The game usually starts with the children running around the room with a group of participants, sometimes called hidden or unseen participants. The goal of the hidden participants is usually to make the participant trip, fall, or run into a safety hazard or end up getting hurt.

Most games can be modified so that the participants do not necessarily run into each other or into a potentially dangerous object. Hidden game board structures can be designed where one player hides behind the board, while the rest of the children run around trying to find the participant. Some games can even be modified so that a player can hide behind a target, while the rest of the children try to reach that player and catch him or her in the act. These games are also very simple. Children have fun coloring and making the board bright colors, while the adults sit nearby and trade jokes back and forth. Sometimes the adults join in on the fun, too.

Popular Games

Board Games

A popular game among children is hide and seek. For this game, children must locate the other players while avoiding the objects they are seeking on the board. For younger children, this can mean coloring the other players’ hair or trying to locate objects on the board with a simple eye examination. Adults can help children learn the game by allowing them to draw shapes on the board and helping them see how the shapes match up to each other. Older children can also help children learn the game by making a simple maze on the board or providing snacks and prizes when the game is over.

Older children may enjoy coloring books and crayons as well. Art materials for preschool-aged children are available at most retail stores. For older children, coloring pages can be found in the magazines and newspapers, or online in websites dedicated to crafts. Using coloring pages can provide children with the mental stimulation they need to learn new things while still having fun.

Story Telling Games 

Story telling games are great for young children and those who are easily bored. Children will have fun making up a story about someone or something that interests them. The child will work hard to complete the story, sometimes making it colorful and detailed at the same time. This kind of game can also help children practice their story telling skills by drawing or painting the outside of the board to give it a unique look.

Another creative way to entertain children is by making a game out of pieces of clothing. Pieces of fabric, such as tablecloths, bedding, pillows, comforters, or anything else that can be cut into squares and sewn together to make a larger piece of clothing will do. The child will cut the squares into the appropriate size piece of clothing, which he or she will attach to a board. This game is easy for children to pick up, and they will usually enjoy the process of making the clothes.


Another exciting way to entertain children is by using colored board games. A variety of games, such as Simon and Marbles, Candyland, and the classic pass the parcel are available in a variety of colors. The children will have fun using colors on the board to make clothes and other objects. These types of board games are a great way to teach children about color and how to find what they want when playing with colors.

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