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kids stuck in a rut?

get ‘em in the game! by talitha a. mcguinness

With school, work, and activities, is your family heading in different directions? Are they fighting more and feeling disconnected? Try introducing a family game night! Kids as young as 2 (younger if you help!) can be part of what can become a great family tradition. More points to you if you don’t “schedule” it, but rather spontaneously announce it to add that element of surprise!

for the younger crowd (2+)

uno moo This is a fabulous game based on the original UNO game, but focuses more on learning colors and animals. Little hands have a hard time holding cards, so instead, they can use the paper hay bales to “hide” their animal game pieces (like sheep and cows) while awaiting their turn. Make the animal noises and you’ll all be laughing by the end! hi-ho cherry-o This is a classic counting game. Each player gets to pick cherries from the tree, spinning the dial to find out how many you pick each turn. The first to fill their bucket wins! memory Another classic game, Memory focuses on strengthening short-term memory and recall 58

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skills. This is a game that the whole family can play and enjoy. (Bonus points if you tailor it to the littles with characters like Thomas the Train, Mickey Mouse, Hello Kitty, and so many more!)

for the older crowd (6+)

battleship This is a great game when you’d like to force your children to get along. It’s great for strategy building and focus, as the object of winning is to find and sink each of the other player’s ships. Perfect for when you need a little quiet! korner’d Want a puzzle and game in one? Korner’d is a challenging game dealing with creating patterns. However, the rules are simple...just match the colors on the tile to the pattern on the board. apples to apples The game has a judge who reads a description from the card and then each player tries to convince the judge that their card best matches the description. Excellent for encouraging imagination and teaching persuasive communication skills! headbands This game is a fun, entertaining game for kids as they race to guess the object on the card in their headbands. First to guess correctly wins! Up to 6 players can play.

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