Although it might seem simple to keep kids happy and entertained, the process is a lot more difficult than most people realize. I started thinking more seriously about going through and entertaining the kids in my house, and it occurred to me that we could do better. I began carefully considering all of the different aspects of entertainment, and I was really surprised with how many options were out there. I wanted to start a new website that looked at entertainment from a parenting perspective. Check out these posts to find out how you can keep your kids happy without compromising their intelligence.
Now that summer is here and school is over with, you are probably making lists of things your children can do to entertain themselves. Perhaps you want them to watch less television and to get away from playing computer games all the time. If so, buying new games for your kids to play might be a really good idea. From selecting traditional ones to buying communication cards for kids, here are some ideas that might help you to shop.
Think of games you played when you were a youngster. Are those games still around? You've probably passed them in the toy section of the store without even realizing they're on the shelves. For instance, the game of Monopoly is a game that could go on and on, keeping the kids entertained for literally hours at a time. You might have to set a time limit! If you're wanting your kids to improve their spelling and their vocabulary, go for games like Scrabble. Think of games that are easy for little kids. One example of a kid-friendly game is Candyland. Consider asking older siblings to play with younger brothers or sisters, too. You might consider having a game night where the entire family plays games together. Don't forget treats, which always add to the fun. So there won't be squabbling over which game to play, consider letting the kids take turns on choosing the game.
Have you ever heard of communication cards for kids? If not, you're more than likely to be very impressed. In fact, communication cards are even fun for adults. Think of buying communication cards that pose a question that has to be answered by the person who picks that card. Or tweak the rules a bit by letting the drawer of the card ask another person the question. To stimulate your kids even more, consider asking them to make their own communication cards. Buy a stack of index cards and some different colors of felt tip pens just to add interest to the cards. Some questions you could write would be How did you feel when you went to school the first time? What is a memory of a time you were very scared? What makes you happiest? What would you do if you had a million dollars? What would you do if you had a choice of any activity?
Do you see how playing games together might be a very fun way to get to know more about your children? Invest in some games or communication cards for kids to connect and learn more about your children.