Games have the proven ability to improve the cognitive skills of your child. It is a moment whereby your child had fun and at the same time puts the brain to task. Your child needs them for the overall wellbeing of the child.
The saying that all work and no play makes dull a Jack boy is true for every child irrespective of the sex of such a child. A parent that has the overall best interest of his/her child at heart must take cue from that statement. There are games that can be of help to the development of your child. We have carefully selected 15 of such games for your delight within the scope of this informative article. Here we go:
1. MISSING ITEMS
This game is very easy. Get some common items around the home that the kids are familiar with. Display them for the kids to see. Next get a tray and gather all in the tray. Move ahead to cover the tray with a covering that is not transparent- one in which the contents cannot be seen. Then ask the kids to make a list of all everything on the tray. The child with the highest correct score is the winner.
2. MEMORY MASTER
This is another good way to task the memory of your kid. Make the children take in the pictures on the pages of a magazine, the child’s book or a catalogue. You will allow them the benefit of looking at the pages for just 60 seconds. Next close the pages and ask the kids to write down the specific things they have seen. The child with highest correct score is winner.
3. THE COIN GAME
Children love this type of game. They are excited while playing it. Get some coins arranged in a chosen order. Allow the children to have a fill of the arrangement. Then cover the arranged coins and ask the child to reproduce the exact order of arrangement from a pool of coins made available. It is great fun and a good way to measure the memory of the child.
In this game, you will need to choose a topic which will form the basis of the questions that will be asked from the children. It may be related to sports; movies; songs; books; dogs and any topic that you can narrow down to the understanding of your child. Ask questions based on the chosen topic and you are on the way to boosting the memory capacity of your child.
5. STORY TELLING GAMES
The kids are required to sit in a circle. A story line is chosen and a child begins with the first sentence. The next child repeats the sentence and continues the story line from there. The third child has a greater challenge of repeating the first two lines and adding his/her own line. Any child that misses the line is out of the game. The last child standing is the winner.
6. MEMORY TRAIN
This is a game that has been on for quite some time and it is still very relevant for kids of today. The first player begins with the statement of intention of going on a vacation; and that the luggage is ready. The next player repeats the first player’s lines and adds what should follow. It should be an unbroken chain of a traveler and any child that misses the lines is automatically ruled out.
7. CATEGORY GAMES
This game is ideal for all age grades-not limited to the children alone. It is required that you pick a category such as colors; breeds of dogs etc. You are required to make a list of all that you know in that category in 60 seconds. The player with the most correct answers is the clear winner.
8. RHYMING WORD GAME
This game is ideal for vocabulary development and can be done by all age groups. The game begins with a statement and the next person will have to quickly say a word that rhymes with the statement. The next child will look for another word that rhymes in line for the game to continue. If any child misses the line; he/she is out of the game.
9. WORD LIST MEMORY GAME
This is good for all age grades. However, the longer the words, the more the difficulty in getting them right. It will greatly task the memory of the child. It is recommended that you use shorter words and the ones that are easy. Make two lists and cut one into two halves. An attempt is made to match the words that have been cut.
10. DO NOT FINISH THE WORD
The rule here is that you must not finish the word. If the first player picks an alphabet, all other alphabets added must not make sense for the game to continue. If any child adds an alphabet that makes sense, it is game over for such a child.
11. SAY THE ALPHABET BACKWARDS
This is a game that can be played alone. Can you try saying the alphabets backwards. It is not as easy as you thought. This is a very good way to exercise the memory. It is an entirely good discovery.
12. YOUR VERY NAMES
You have your surname as well as your middle and first names. So do every child. Let them make an attempt to spell these names one after the other backwards. It is also a good brain teaser.
13. THE PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
What about reciting the pledge of allegiance? It can also be considered a good way to test the memory of your child. Normally they recite it forward, now ask them to recite it backwards. It is a good brain teaser.
This involves the use of cards. The rule here is; pairs are only formed with cards of the same rank but opposite in color.
15. DOUBLE DECKER CHECKBOARD
The cards are shuffled separately; then it is dealt out in a check board pattern. The cards will be alternated from the two decks. This game is challenging because it is rather difficult to get two cards that will match.
These are our take on the games for kids at home that will not only improve their cognitive skills, but help you bond with your child better