Choosing the Right Games

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by Patrice on February 24, 2011 · 4 comments

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A walk through any toy store is proof that there is no shortage of games that are available to keep the kids entertained. The trick is to find the game that will be played with and not be regulated to a shelf. No matter how may commercials the child has seen about the newest game, and how much fun it looks like the family is having during game night, some games just aren’t a fit with every family.

When choosing a game, mom should look for a fun way to help her child develop skills at their developmental stage. If the kids ages are close, this is easier that if there are many years between them.

Toddlers and very young children will enjoy and reap benefits from those that will help them communicate with the other players. Games that help them with their motor skills will also help them to build self confidence.

Once a child is reading well, most games that represent a reading challenge are excellent choices. These can be modern computer and video games or board games. Electronic games can be very expensive, so don’t rule out the older games you may have enjoyed in your childhood. While they may not provide a reading challenge, an active game of hopscotch or Twister could provide hours worth of fun.

As the child reaches the teenage years, it may be harder to get them interested in playing games unless you have enough money in the budget to replenish the expensive video and computer games. Board games that are a bit more intricate may hold their interest. Risk, Scrabble, chess and other games that require a bit of skill and strategy could be just the opportunity to let them show you how smart they really are.

Don’t let the commercials influence your decision on whether to buy a game or not. Let your knowledge of your own kid’s interests and capabilities guide you in your game purchases.

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Trish February 25, 2011 at 5:40 am

It’s a sad fact, that most of children today are fond of playing video games and other online applications. I know that scrabble, chess and other educational games are the best choice for our children, but it’s hard to get their attention now at those video games.

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Savannah March 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

If your kids are super hooked on these, try educational video and computer games too! I remember learning how to read from a program called Reader Rabbit way before any of my peers learned. Sometimes video and computer games can be put to good use!

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Angie February 26, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I agree with Trish. I know many families where the children sit in front of the video games for hours on end. While playing these occassionally is fine, it should not be done all the time. I remember playing TV tag, and that was so much fun. You did not need anything for it, just a great mind. It was easy to play and any age could do it. Or even charades was fun. No equipment needed at all!

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Savannah March 1, 2011 at 9:49 am

If your kids are going to play lots of video games, try the Wii or Kinect. They involve a lot of physical action in addition to being fun!

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