We’re rocking it old school in our house at the moment, introducing the children to the games I used to play when I was a child. The TV gets switched off and we start with a family game of hide and seek, our Harry potter cupboard under stairs is an awesome place to hide. However the kids follow me there all the time so daddy always finds me first. They love it, its great to play in large and small space, its free and its inside away from the sweatbox out.
Miss C’s absolute favourite is “Whats the time Mr wolf” however when she’s the wolf we only ever get to walk 2 steps as that’s the only time she knows and then its dinner time. I love this game I think it helps with their numeracy skills, gross motor skills and well to be frank I love scaring the s**t out of them when I shout “dinner time”. I have really fond memories from my childhood of playing this on the grass outside our house. Again if you have the space you can play it inside, smaller spaces maybe a bit of a disaster waiting to happen.
Duck, duck goose, not the greatest of games if daddy isn’t home to play, as we have a rather small circle, again this is a favourite of the little humans living here. To be honest they just adore running and a few quick games of this before bath time isn’t going to do any harm ;-) I think it helps to learn to take their turn, they also have to except that sometimes you can’t win (this is when our games hastily end when a certain someone doesn’t win……yes daddy I’m talking about you). And all of that running is great exercise and good for their physical development.
I spy is a fantastic game as you can play it literally anywhere, LPV likes to play, while Miss C doesn’t really understand she’s just babbles “something beginning with trees” we all clap and then its someone else’s turn. On Sunday evening we sat outside for ages waiting for daddy to come home playing I spy. It made the kids really aware of their surroundings, it can also help with their phonics too. Can be great for the airport for our impending travel and anytime you just want to still sit.
We’re working on our “Simon says” but to be honest neither of them listen to me so why should they listen to him. Another great one for small spaces and to kill a bit of time in the Dubai summer. I think it encourages them to listen *laughs head off* also taking instructions and if you want to be mean and make them try weird and wonderful things, it can help with balance and coordination etc.
Really can not wait to try new games in the winter like bulldog and hopscotch and I don’t think our landlord would appreciate chalk on the white tiled floor. Stuck in the mud and blind mans bluff are two other great ones however I think I better wait until Miss C gets a little older to stick a blindfold on her, that’s just a trip to A&E waiting to happen.
What games did you play as a child that you’d want to share with your wee ones?