What are the best games every grandma should have at her home? As a former preschool teacher for 11 years, I am here to tell you that the little ones are capable of so much more than you think! You can pretty much ignore the age rating on the games for the youngest of children. Just let them play. Gradually show them how the game is supposed to work. Adjust your expectations.
The whole point of all of this is to spend quality time with your grandchildren, and there is nothing better than playing games unless it’s reading books!
The older the kids, the more they will be able to do obviously. Every new games can be a challenge when they are learning, so be patient and enjoy the process.
My 3 boys have flown the coop, and the games for the older kids are the one that they enjoyed the most over the years.
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20 Best Games Every Grandma Should Have At Her House
Obviously, you might not have all of these because they take up so much room. But, I recommend having one or two for each age/stage so that when you have them over, you have something to do on a rainy day or before naptime or whenever the mood hits!
#1 Best Games Every Grandma Should Have: Ages 1-2
Best Games for Ages 1-2
Have no expectation other than to have fun! They will learn over time.
Be aware that in the beginning, the stories will be nonsensical. But, that is okay! Let them talk. Share a story of your own. This is so great for building language skills. As they learn more, their stories will improve and make a little more sense over time.
#2 Best Games Every Grandma Should Have: Ages 3-5
Best Games for Ages 3-5
Kids at this age are so smart! They are ready to learn strategy, hold a few cards, and work as a team. Start simple, and add in more difficulty over time. It is so much fun to watch them problem solve!
#3 Best Games Every Grandma Should Have: Ages 6-10
Best Games for Ages 6-10
I taught most grades of elementary school over the years, and my kids loved when we had indoor recess so that they could play a few games. I don't think that many played at home, so this was a real treat for them.
Dawn E. recommends this game saying: I purchased it a few years ago as a new game for New Year’s Eve. I required everyone to wear some kind of pirate costume, even if just a hat. I also purchased a pirate medallion necklace at the party store for the winner, which they would keep for the next year. In addition, the winner would be named the Pirate King/Queen. A new tradition was born. The competition has been fierce and fun and this game kept us sane during Covid. I hope you give it a try!
Left Center Right came in as a recommendation from Valerie C., a friend of Laura's. She says her family plays with dollars and people get crazy excited. Quarters can be used with younger children.
This post was really fun to write. There is nothing better than having a grandchild -I love my little grandson so much, and now that he is almost 18 months old, we are going to start playing so many games together when I have him!
The best thing to remember when playing games with children, no matter their age, is to lower your expectations, and really focus on having fun.
There need to be some ground rules once they are old enough to have cell phones -which will be different for everyone. I would encourage you to have a phone basket for them to be put away so that the time is more focused and eliminating as many distractions as possible is always for the best.
Have fun, and let the games begin!😍
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