One of my goals for 2018 is to try to get the kids to not watch as much television as they have in the past. I’ll admit it, my kids watch the big black box more than I’d like. According the Academy of American Pediatrics, toddlers shouldn’t be exposed to “screen time” more than an hour a day.
I’ve been trying to think of ways to keep the kiddos busy (so I can do stuff like actually go to the bathroom or blog) besides turning on the telly. I made a few “centers boxes” I found with items from the dollar store but Huff the Tot and Huff the Babe seem to really fly through them. I did a little research and found some awesome games that can either be played alone or together and are great for getting kids to think critically and problem solve!
This game is great! We have one similar at the Mother’s Day Out program where I work and the kids love it! The premise is simple: roll the soft, plushy dice and find a card with the matching color. On the card is an activity you have to perform (sing a song, roar like a lion, etc.). And bonus–the cards fit inside a little pocket on the dice!
Do you have a Minecraft or Lego-obsessed kiddo? Camelot Jr. is an awesome way to introduce your little one to spatial dynamics and architecture! This game (which can be played independently) comes with a variety of blocks and a booklet with instructions and is fun for the whole family!
This single-player game is similar to the Camelot Jr., but with a little twist. Using the familiar theme of The Three Little Pigs, this game includes a booklet with 48 challenges and encourages spatial insight, planning and problem-solving skills!
One of the biggest problems we have in the Huffman Homestead is keeping the kids busy and focused on something when we go out to eat. For a kid, waiting 15-20 minutes for your food to arrive can seem like an eternity. And as soon as they get bored, all hell breaks loose: silverware goes flying, iced tea gets spilled, and someone (sometimes me) ends up in tears. This game is no bigger than a pancake is a great way to keep kiddos entertained on the go! Here’s how to play, according to Amazon.com: The mice have just finished feasting and need to scurry into their holes. Don’t be the last mouse standing or you might get caught by the cat! Players take turns pressing down any number of mice they wish in a single row. The player who presses down the last mouse loses the round. Whoever wins three of five rounds wins the game!
A new twist on an old favorite, Zingo Bingo helps kids learn sight words and matching! This would be great for a playdate or even as a center in a classroom!
What are some of your kids’ favorite games? Share in the comments below!