Before the instant gratification of devices, apps, and video games, we kids had to invent ways to entertain ourselves. Remember the Alphabet Game on family road trips? It’s so much easier for us parents to plug kids into a device when they are complaining about being bored, but I challenge you to give your kids the chance to find their own entertainment more often. You might be surprised at the fun to be had once the kids get over their whining and begin playing. The whining may seem to last forever, but give it 20 minutes, literally, that seems to be the magic number around here. When my kids are begging to watch Netflix or YouTube, I ask them to go find something to do, maybe give a few suggestions and glance at the clock. The whining continues and I feel like giving in, I just can’t take their asking and arguing anymore… but wait it’s really only been three minutes. Is that possible? I don’t think I’ve ever made it to 20 minutes before they had found a way to entertain themselves.
Encouraging board games not only gets kids cooperating together, it’s such a great way to stretch their thinking. From math concepts and reading skills to strategy games. When you’re on the go or just need some fresh ideas, here is a great list of the best games books for kids. These game books make for great birthday gifts for kids and will have those kids entertained and learning all summer!
The Best Books of Games for Kids
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