When it comes to kids games, parents think it has to be elaborate for it to be fun. This is not the case. If you remember back to your childhood, the best games were often the most simple. Remember marbles, pickup sticks, and jacks? These games were very simple but they were very fun. The same holds true in games today.
Picking Indoor Kids Games
When you are picking games for your kids to play indoors, the main thing is space. Will your child be able to play the game in a limited amount of space?
Once you decide if you have the room, you need to focus on some more subtle but still very important questions.
o Does it require sitting or standing?
o How much light does it need? Will a lamp work or does it require bright light to read?
o How much noise will they make? Can the kids play it while others are sleeping?
o Does it require pieces to play? Dice?
Picking Outdoor Games for Kids
Kids love outdoor games but parents find these games a nuisance. Often times, they end up not getting used or taking up space in the garage.
When looking for outdoor games you need to think about your lifestyle and where you live.
o Does the weather allow for this type of activity on a regular basis?
o Can the kids play the game unsupervised?
o Can the kids play the game alone or will the need a partner?
o How long can the kids play the game?
o Are replacement parts/equipment readily available?
o Will the kids need a ride somewhere to use the game?
Picking Car Games for Kids
When we were kids, car games consisted of spotting license plates and singing songs. Now there are Nintendos and iPhones. In fact, these can be great even for parents who want their children to play educational games in the car.
When looking for car games you need to think about the developmental stages of your kids. While games are ranked for ages, you really need to go by developmental stages.
o Does your child count, add, multiply or divide?
o Can they read or are they still on site words?
o Does the child prefer sing-a-longs or music challenges?
o How much help do they need with the iPhone or Nintendo?
Once you start answering these questions, you will see that picking games for your kids becomes simple. While there are more games available then when we were kids, kids are still kids and they still have the same likes and dislikes.
Picking out games for kids just means going out there and asking the right questions. You will see stores and online shops are full of education kids games. All you have to do is look around.