Preschoolers love to play. They enjoy having fun, just as children of all ages do, and they learn about themselves and others through the games they play. Teach kids new games to play to introduce concepts and ideas you want to teach, and give them a toy box full of options to enjoy with their friends and siblings.
Summertime brings plenty of opportunities for picnics. You may hold a small picnic in your backyard for a few family members and friends, or you may end up attending a large picnic gathering for your church, place of work or other organization. More likely than not, the bigger the picnic, the bigger the number of children in attendance. Help the picnic organizers plan plenty of activities and games for children of all ages.
While unstructured and open outdoor activities, such as playing in a swimming pool or going on a nature walk, suffice some of the time, outdoor games give children more structure. Whether you are hosting a party or just wiling away the afternoon in a park, scheduling outside games varies the pace and encourages children to interact with one another in new ways. Emphasize cooperative games and activities that have children banding together to beat the clock or accomplish a task.
Keep children cool and occupied during the hot summer months by heading to your local pool for an afternoon of swimming and games. Pool games are a great way for kids to get some exercise and enjoy the warm weather without becoming overheated. If many kids are playing, make sure you have an extra set of eyes to help keep watch over them.
The first Earth Day happened in April 1970. Since then, it has been an annual event celebrated in countries around the world. Earth Day is a great time to teach children about the importance of caring for the environment. You can make Earth Day a fun time for children of all ages by incorporating arts and crafts into an Earth Day lesson.
Put aside those toys and video games, and engage your kids in fun indoor games. Whether it's winter outside or the kids just need a moment to play calmly, indoor games can help children relax, focus and engage with one another. Vary your indoor games so that everyone excels at something, or organize group challenges and cooperative games that have children working toward a common goal. Remember to engage all the players by keeping games accessible and focusing more on participation and less on rules and competition.
Indoor family games are a great way to stay busy on a rainy day or spend time together as a family any night of the week. Everyday life is so busy now that families rarely have free time to spend together without being interrupted by extracurricular activities, homework and the demands of employment. Taking time to enjoy each other as a family by playing indoor games together gives family members a chance to learn to relax together and get to know each other as individuals.
Some days, you would give anything to go back to the carefree days of childhood. Kids are just the opposite. They dream about the days when they will be in charge and take responsibility. They love to help out and pretend to be all grown-up. Indulge their love for dressing up with a game designed just for them.
Charades are a classic party game. You've probably played it many times yourself. You might not think of it as a game for the kids, but it is perfect for all ages. Charade games require lots of imagination and little equipment. Next time you host a long play date or a child's birthday party, teach the kids charades and keep them occupied for hours.
Whether you are hosting a family reunion, birthday party or have simply found yourself babysitting all the neighborhood children for a day, you'll want to come up with ways to keep them occupied. Group games encourage friendly competition as well as team work and problem-solving. They also help to make a long afternoon pass quickly.