Family Games Night
13th Jul 2018

Family Games Night

When was the last time your family had a games night? Getting together as family to play old school games or complete puzzles has many developmental benefits for your children. Not only are child development experts recommending children unplug from screens, but that adults should too!

Children's behaviour is influenced most by what you as parents do, not what you say. Is your device constantly in your hand?

Benefits of games and puzzles

Quality family time: Children's development depends on adults giving them quality time so children can learn how to build relationships of their own, verbal communication, and conflict resolution. Children's links to their parents helps build a sense of security and being loved.

Games and puzzles: Getting together as a family is a fun way for children to get the developmental benefits that come from board games and puzzles. Playing games improves vocabulary development, working as a team, and problem solving. Many games teach basic educational concepts such as counting, matching and using money. They can also learn important lessons in winning and losing.

Being present: Teaching our children to switch off and focus on one task is important for their development. As children grow, so many different things will pull at your child's attention. We are constantly contactable with expectations of immediate replies. Our heads are in a hundred places. It's important to show children that instant messages, posts and likes can wait. In this busy and constantly connected world it's vital we teach our children to be present in the moment. And there are benefits for parents too!

Tips for running a family games night.
  • Put it on the calendar. Pre-plan and commit to protecting the time. This is especially important for older children who might have a busy social schedule.
  • Make it a habit. Put aside a regular time whether that is weekly, or monthly.
  • Make decisions together. Let your kids help choose the game.
  • Turn off devices and the TV. Have everyone hand in their phones and turn off the TV.
  • Invite friends! Get together with other families to have a Family Games night! This is a great way to get to know your kids friends and their families.

Kidstuff has some great games and puzzles to recommend.

Orchard Toys - Shopping List Game
$29.99

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Shopping list is one of Kidstuff's bestselling games year in, year out! It's a fun game of memory and matching that Encourages observational and memory skills as well as develops personal and social skills. Each player has a shopping cart and the first to fill it wins!
For ages 3 – 7 years

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ThinkFun - Zingo! Game

$39.99

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Zingo is Bingo with a zing! Match sight words to fill your board. Zingo is a great educational games that teaches literacy and matching skills. For ages 4 – 10 years

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Ventura Articulate For Kids

$39.99

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Just like the original game, Articuate for kids is a fast paced game of charades Get through as many words as you can in 30 seconds! Compiled by an educational specialist there are 356 cards with over 2000 entries in the same six categories as the original. For ages 6 years +

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U GAMES 5 Second Rule

$29.99

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5 Second Rule is a great game for older kids and adults. Players have 5 seconds to name 3 things that fit the topic on the card. The results are hilarious as players are forced to come up with ideas off the top of their head! Includes 576 Questions on 288 Cards, 5-Second Twisted Marble Timer. For 3 or more players, ages 10 to adult

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Spot It!

$24.99

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55 cards, 8 symbols and always only one shared symbol between any two cards! Race your friends in this fast paced game, spot the match first and test your reflexes. Cards come in a keep safe Spot It tin. For 2 to 8 players ages 6 and up.

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Jimmy Jack 36 Piece Giant Puzzle - Dinosaurs

$44.99

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