I absolutely love my kids and interacting with them as much as possible but keeping them entertained can be really exhausting. Especially since they are homeschooled. This comes with a load of benefits but also keeps them at the house 24/7 always wanting to be entertained. Combine that with having a 10 month old requiring non-stop attention forms the perfect recipe for me needing to have “me time”. So quality distractions for the kids are a MUST 🙂
For my girls, I’m finding 9yr-12yr toys have become more of a collection rather than something to play with. They still want me to buy those toys but often times they end up just sitting on shelves or their bedroom floor. Meanwhile they obsess over new games or YouTube videos on their iPads. Like many parents I’m constantly on the look out for things that will distract them from those devices. Physical activities are great but they can only do that for so long before exhausting themselves. Arts & crafts are also great but my favorite distraction lately are mini puzzle, cards, or dice kids games. Board games are good but usually require more than one person. If one of them is busy or they can’t agree on doing the same game then board games really don’t work.
Fun Kids Games
Dog Pile is an awesome kids game I recently came across. It’s a deck of cards & a pile of plastic puppies that you must maneuver to fit a flat or three dimensional shape. The cards range from beginner all the way up to advanced so it will keep them coming back for awhile. I’ve even found myself consumed by the game… ha, ha. Don’t worry, for you cat lovers out there there’s a Cat Stax version! The additional benefit is the fine motor and cognitive skills that may be developed by playing these games.
If you’re looking for more of an imaginative sort of game then Rory’s Story Cubes is a great choice for kids games. This little game helps children to inspire their own stories based on the pictures shown on the dice when they roll. It can also become a hilarious party game! There are three versions for you to choose from. Story Cubes The Original, Story Cubes Voyages, & Story Cubes Actions all with a different twist on the game while also being educational. You can also save a little money by snagging all three games!
Last but not least, let’s not forget the classic Mad Libs. I’m sure everyone has played this as a kid. They proclaim to be the Worlds Greatest Word Game but I’ll leave you to decide on that. There is a whole slew of different themes out there now but I like to make things simple and grab the Best of Mad Libs – Deluxe Oversized Edition. It comes with 125 of the funniest Mad Libs for about the same price as the smaller books.
Well, hopefully these suggestions will help with any complaints of boredom from your kids. They are great options for getting some “me time” while also keeping your kids off their devices or tv. If you need some entertainment yourself then they can obviously be great fun to play along with them!
Do you have any favorite kids games like these that your children enjoy playing? Please share them in the comments below so we can try them!