Life is busy. And when you have kids, it seems time flies even faster.
Before you know it, the kids are asking for the car keys and heading out the door.
Having a family game night is a great way for families to slow down and reconnect with each other.
Whether you’re looking for ideas for game night, to make learning more fun, or to use at a party, these games for kids will leave everyone happy.
Games for Kids
Did you know that playing games is actually important for a child’s development?
Those favorite preschool board games are more than just fun. They help young children to develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity as they move pieces around the board. They’re also great for teaching colors and counting skills.
Games are also great for teaching kids how to take turns and the importance of following rules and playing fair.
As kids get older, games can help increase their attention span and memory. They help teach the importance of teamwork and even empathy, as kids learn it’s okay to not always win and even begin to comfort friends when they lose.
Games can be played anywhere.
While classic outdoor games get kids up and running, giving them exercise and a much-needed outlet to express themselves, you can also entertain kids at the doctor’s office with quieter games like I-Spy and a Verbal Memory Game.
Playing games can even help decrease anxiety in children. They are perfect for connecting as a family. And you can find games to fit almost every interest, like Shark Games for Kids that love sharks, and even DIY Lego Games for Lego fans.
Hosting a kids party?
Whether it’s a birthday party or a holiday party, you’re going to want a few activities to keep guests entertained.
Party Games for Kids
Star Wars Birthday Party Games — Discover how to turn a cardboard box into your very own Death Star bean bag toss. Or plan a Jedi training obstacle course. You’ll find plenty of fun ideas to keep kids busy at that birthday party.
Godzilla Party Games — With all the new Kaiju monster movies, Godzilla has been big again. (No pun intended.) Discover some monsterous DIY games that will make the new generation of Godzilla fans roar.
DIY Shark Games — Whether you’re looking for ideas for a shark themed birthday party or you’re planning to celebrate Shark Week, these DIY games will get kids smiling.
Save the Sea Animals — This simple game is perfect for any ocean-themed party, whether it’s sharks, dolphins, or just under the sea.
Water Wing Relay — The kids will be giggling the whole time they play this game, which is perfect for summer get togethers with friends.
Baby Shark Games — Discover a variety of games that are perfect for little ones who are obsessed with the Baby Shark song.
Nerf Gun Game Ideas — Find lots of fun Nerf party games, and a few educational games with the foam dart guns, too.
Kids Holiday Games
Halloween Party Games — Whether it’s a classroom party, or one at home, you’ll find simple and fun ideas to make that party more fun this October.
Candy Ghost Scavenger Hunt — Kids of all ages will have fun with this simple scavenger hunt.
Catapulting Pumpkins — Make craft stick catapults and then use them in this catapulting pumpkin game.
Candy Cane Fishing — This minute-to-win-it game is perfect for the holiday season.
Candy Cane Hunt — This is the easiest scavenger hunt you’ll ever do. And, what’s even better is that kids of all ages will have fun with it.
Party Blower New Year’s Game — Grab your party blower and use it in a race as you count down to the new year with the kids.
Heart Relay Race — This Valentine’s Day game is fun for Scout parties or at a playdate.
St. Patrick’s Day Inspired Math Facts Zap! — Here’s a fun way for kids to work on math facts this March.
Catapulting Peeps Game — Catapults and marshmallow Peeps — it’s the perfect combination kids will love.
Whether your child is working on math facts, spelling, or learning about the periodic table, games can make learning more fun.
Slip a few of these ideas into family game night or keep them handy to play on the weekends.
Educational Shark Games — Mix learning with one of the most popular sea creatures out there. You’ll find games for a variety of ages and learning levels.
Dr. Seuss File Folder Games — Dr. Seuss books are always popular with kids. These file folder games, inspired by his books, are perfect to play with preschoolers and kindergartners.
Kinesthetic Math Games — Know a child that learns better through movement? Get them up and learning with these ideas.
Printable Baseball Math — This printable math game is perfect for kids who are working on multiplication facts.
Sight Word Games — These games will make sight word practice super fun!
Part of Speech Post-It Notes Game — Kids will have fun learning the parts of speech with this game that gets them up and moving.
Yertle the Turtle Game — Recycle empty egg cartons into a fun DIY game for early learners.
Fun Math Board Games for Kids — Looking to sneak in a little math practice at home? Add a few of these board games to your game collection.
Trail Signs Game — Kids will have fun sending each other on a scavenger hunt where they use trail signs they make with sticks and rocks to give directions on which way to go. Which team will make the longest trail? Who will build the best signs?