If you are a parent or an educator, you know that kids are always more focused when they have something specific to do. The more fun the activity, the easier it is to keep their attention. Here are a few kids games that can come in handy when you need to keep your kids from becoming bored.
Hangman is a simple kids game played with paper and pencil. One person picks a word or phrase and places dashes on the paper to hold the place of each letter. Each player chooses a letter in turn. If they guess correct, the letter is filled in over each appropriate dash. If they guess wrong, a part of the hangman is added. If the hangman is completely drawn before the word or phrase is guessed, the person who chose the word or phrase wins. This kids game creates lots of conversation and social interaction. This is a great kids game to play when the power goes out.
Eye Spy is a great kids game to play when you are stuck somewhere, like the a store's checkout line. The game moves along pretty quickly so it is perfect for when you may only have a minute or two and need to keep your kids engaged. Each person takes a turn picking out an object they see and say, “I spy with my little eye, something that begins with F.” F is just an example, whatever letter the object begins with is the letter they say. Then everybody tries to guess the object. Once it is identified, the next person picks an object and the game starts again. This kids game can be used to help practice shapes and colors too. This is especially good for younger children. Instead of stating the letter the object begins with, you state its shape or color.
When you are in the car with your kids, it can be difficult to keep them from getting bored.