Jun 6, 2018

Fun Games for Kids--No Screens Required

We've been having a break from Social Media and TV for the last few day and I noticed that my kids haven't actually withered into dried husks and blown away with the East Wind. That is to say, they are surviving.
Not only that, there has been a lot of jumping on the trampoline, a lot of scooter rides, and a lot of game playing.

Specifically, Spot It and Rat-a-Tat-Cat.

Mostly because these are both games 4.5 year old Lincoln can play and he badgers his older brothers until they play with him.

It occurred to me that I should make a list of games my kids actually like so I can put them together in a tub and have them on hand when summer starts. (Still 2+ more weeks of school for us.)

Here are the games I've thought of so far that my boys actually like:

Lincoln (4.5) and up:
Spot It
Rat-a-Tat-Cat (Most of us like this one. You can make it harder or easier depending on who is playing.)
Jenga (which basically means building towers and knocking them down.)
Checkers (also not played correctly.)

Grayson (8):
All of the above, plus...
Skip Bo
He is also starting to be able to handle some "older" games like:

Gabe (11), Sam (13), Max (16), Em (super youngish), Doug (40):
Play 9 (Also known as Golf)
Phase 10 (Card Game)
Sequence or the L.D.S. version, Seek Whence
Ticket to Ride (We have the European Version and Doug wishes we had the American version.)
Settlers of Cataan
Exploding Kittens (G-rated version;)
Cover Your Assets

We have a bunch more in the cupboard that are fun, but these seem to be the ones that get played over and over.

What about you? Do you have any games your teeny tiny kids like to play? Teens? Leave a comment and tell me some of your favorite games!

Happy Screen-Free Summering,