Family game night is not only fun, but it’s a great way to build relationships.
Carrie is the Director of Education for the Children's Museum of South Dakota.
Play and meaningful relationships are two key ingredients that promote healthy well-being in children. What better way to incorporate both play and relationships than with a family game night!
Game nights not only open the door to playful connections, but they also provide an opportunity for children to bond and build strong relationships with loved ones.
Children are never too young to be a part of a family game night tradition. Children as young as 2 or 3 have skills to play beginner games and even infants will love hearing the sounds of conversation.
Game nights have many benefits. They are not only fun but they also help children solve problems, think strategically, grow vocabulary, and build simple math skills.
Games provide hands-on learning which is the best way to increase understanding.
Being graceful at winning or losing is not always easy when you are first learning to follow the rules, take turns, and play games. Family game night is a great opportunity for adults to role model how to maneuver through stressful situations, make light of small mistakes, and laugh to reduce stress.
The more experiences children have where they can win or lose, the better able they are to develop good sportsmanship and other positive character traits.
Life tends to be busy, but traditions help us find space in the busyness. Perhaps today is the time to bring home a new game! Gather your family, sit around the table, and create lifelong memories.
Check out our collections of games for all ages in our gift shop, Play Central Toys & Books, housed in the Children’s Museum of South Dakota.