Affordable and having stood the test of time, these three games are a must for every home with children. If you have kids or know someone who does and one or more of the following is missing, put it on your Christmas list now!
I fondly remember the Monopoly marathons my siblings and I had during Christmas vacation each year. After the initial scuffle over who got the horse game piece, we’d settle down for hours of fun, learning how to increase our wealth while navigating the board and dealing with random consequences when drawing Chance or Community Chest cards. Monopoly is a great game for learning how to count money, cooperate and deal with setbacks.
Rolling five dice out of a cup is something even a small child can do. I started my kids and grandkids on Yahtzee at around age two. Preschoolers learn to recognize matching numbers of dots while older kids get to practice their math skills in a fun, playful environment. If the dice tend to fly all over the place (especially likely with younger children), have the kids roll them into the lid of the box.
Another game that can be played by even very young children is Rummikub. Pair them with an older child or adult, if necessary, and let the fun begin! Good for developing matching skills, identifying colors and learning about number sequences, Rummikub is an entertaining game for all ages.
The game of Life is a classic game that I also enjoyed playing as a kid. Getting to play a grown up as a kid is always a fun time and Life delivers in that regard.
Yep, a plain old fashioned deck of playing cards. Nothing fancy, just hours of good fun, either alone or in a group. Not really a game like those listed above, a deck of cards is instead a whole host of games. Do you have any idea how many different ways there are to play Solitaire? And playing cards are versatile. Why, you can even build a house with them!
So, what are your favorite games from childhood? Do you still play them today?
Crystal Marie lives by the philosophy that needing less rather than earning more is the key to happiness and financial serenity, which allowed her to “retire” from formal employment in health education at the age of 44. She can be found making the most of the second half on her blog, The Best 50 Years.