Playing Games with Your Kids

What was your favorite game to play as a child? Was it Candyland? Monopoly? Foursquare or dodgeball? You may remember your grandmother telling stories of playing jacks outside when she was growing up or your mother recounting summers of playing family games of ball. No matter what generation you are from, playing games and childhood are synonymous with growing up. But playtime does more for a child than just create memories.

[heading]Playing games with your kids is important for their personal development.[/heading] [spacer]

[quote]An incredible amount happens when children are playing. They learn to reason, negotiate and problem solve. They develop large and small motor skills. They broaden their language skills and vocabulary. They learn to take risks and develop confidence and competence.[/quote]

Teri Potter, Educational Consultant for Discovery Toys

Potter has found that playing games, whether they’re indoor or outdoor activities, plays a major role in developing a child’s mental, physical, and creative skills. Additionally, because playing games promotes social interaction, a child’s social skills are more likely to develop at a young age, thus setting him or her up for satisfying and fulfilling adult relationships. Parents can further promote their children’s social skills by playing games that promote interaction, conversation, and negotiation. Board games in particular are great games for furthering this skill (Monopoly, anyone?). As we said, though, any kind of game is beneficial for a developing child.

For example, dominoes are a great game for developing logic. “Go Fish” is a great card game for teaching children how to classify and sort. Kickball, dodgeball, foursquare, and even backyard games of catch are important contributors to a child’s overall health and wellness. Children who are active from a young age have a reduced risk of developing heart disease in adulthood. Creative skills are developed through games like role-playing princesses, building Lego sets, painting stock cars and making a kite.

Parents will notice that their children have increased attention spans once they begin playing non-electronic games. They might also show auxiliary benefits, such as increased levels of consideration for others, respect for following the rules, critical thinking, increased imagination, the ability the predict outcomes and more. If you’d like more details on the importance of playing games for child development, click here.

At JB’s on 41, we’re very interested in the family unit. We think it’s vital that children and their parents spend quality time together. It’s even better when that quality time is used to play games like bowling! That’s one of the reasons why we’re offering the Kids Bowl Free Program once again this summer. Every day this summer, registered kids from the area receive two free games of bowling. Children 15 years old or younger can participate after their parents register them. Click here to register now! JB’s will be hosting the Kids Bowl Free program from May 2 through August 31.

We’re kicking off the Kids Bowl Free program on May 1 – only 2 days away! It’s called Country Family Fun Day, and we’re putting on this party with 94.5 WKTI. The Country Family Fun Day includes free bowling for kids, food samples from JB’s new menu, fun stations, and KTI DJ Jake of the Jake and Tanner Show as host. For more details on Kids Bowl Free and Country Family Fun Day, check out last week’s blog here and join our Facebook event here.