Guest Author - Lynn Little
Playing board games with your children can be a wonderful, fun experience for the whole family. When younger kids are playing board games, itís important to keep in mind a few things to ensure a good time is had by all.
When choosing a board game for younger kids to play, remember to choose a board game that is age appropriate. Choosing a more advance game can lead to frustration. Although a four-year-old understands the rules for a game meant for ages 8 and up, it might not be the best idea to play it. Games rated for four-year-olds not only take into account their comprehension level but their attention span, too. Games for four-year-olds usually last no longer than 15 minutes. A game for an 8-year-old could potentially be twice the playing time. Keeping the game simple and short will ensure that the younger children enjoy the experience and actually play the game to the end.
Choose a time that is good for the whole family. Make it a Saturday afternoon when no one is rushed by the weekday schedule. This way everyone can just enjoy being together and having a good time. Trying to cram in a board game in a tight schedule can just lead to stress. Young children may want to play the board game again, or it may be hard for them to settle down after a game. If the game is played in the afternoon, then there is still plenty of time to wind down.
Let your young kids choose the board game. Children are seldom part of the decision-making process. By allowing them to pick the board game, you give your child a chance to have the final say in something. Empowerment is a great feeling at any age.
Once you have finished playing the board game, have your young kids help put everything away. This is a good lesson because it shows you can have fun but afterwards itís very important to put everything in its right place. Kids need to learn that putting board games up properly means that everything will be there when they want to play it again. Young kids love to help, so take advantage of this eagerness.
Board game night can be a great time for family bonding. There are many board games for younger children. Playing board games with them can be educational, entertaining, and most of all Ė fun.