The list of research studies around how important games are to children grows every year, and yet more and more parents simply park their children in front of video games and movies. Your children NEED you to play with them. Here are some of the benefits that research says your children get when you interact with them in games. This important “fun-time” will help children learn:

  • important social skills and queues
  • verbal and non-verbal communication
  • the importance of following rules
  • visual perceptions and color recognition
  • simple counting and spelling strategies
  • critical life lessons for future success in school, work, and relationships
  • creative thinking and strategizing
  • how to concentrate and increase their attention span

These are only a few of the important reasons why parents should regularly engage in fun and interesting games with their children. The challenge is coming up with games that are engaging and fun enough to interest your children.

So, to help you out, I want to give you instructions for 2 games that you can play today with your children using the things you probably already have in your home.

Also, if you like these 2 games and want to add to the variety of game night, I have a list of 20 more games that you can purchase for just $10. In the paid collection of 20 games, each game has photos to explain how to play and a link to a video of my family (or my children and their friends) playing the game so you are sure to understand.

Get your free PDF instructions of the 2 fun, interactive and creative games right here. You will find that as you play these games your relationship will improve and your children’s confidence will grow in and out of the home.


How Will Games Help Our Family?

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My purpose for starting 101 Homeschool Ideas was to help homeschool parents build the relationships necessary to be successful in the home educational setting. As I continue to dig into the research dealing with how to help young people succeed, I am blown away by how important games and fun are in the equation of learning and relationships.mother shouting at doughter

Since starting the website and the popular podcast, I have realized how many parents are searching for help connecting with their children. Our children are getting more and more busy and younger and younger ages. My 8 year-old played on a football team that practiced three nights a week for two hours each night. When they start to get so active in things outside of the home it is easy to think all is well and going okay, but OUR CHILDREN NEED TO CONNECT WITH THEIR PARENTS MORE THAN THEY NEED TO CONNECT WITH THEIR COACHES!!

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As children spend more time out of the home, the bonds between parents and children typically struggle. The research on trust and relationship and child development all pointed me towards games as being a possible solution to this obstacle in our family relationships.

One of the most important things you can do to build relationships of trust is to increase the frequency of your interactions in low-risk situations. Games provide the perfect situation for that kind of bonding opportunities. It is important to realize that while you are playing you are also relating to each other. You are talking, but not because you, as the parent, have decided it is time to talk. Instead, you are talking because that is just what you do while you are playing. In those unforced situations, your children will share more with you than in 100 sit-down-forced conversations.

What Will Games Do For My Children?


Well, first of all, these may not be P90X for your children, but just getting off the couch and goofing around is going to increase the metabolic rate of your children—this can help lead to a healthier body which will lead to less sickness and less likelihood of dealing with depression. Any movement is better than sitting in front of a TV doing the 21st Century version of twiddling their thumbs on video game paddles! In fact, if you are worried about the impact of your child’s video game habits, check out these studies and websites that describe how video games can ruin marriages, friendships, grades, and a bunch of other great things. Check this out:

“Children and adults feel happier and healthier when they feel like they’re connected to a group. When you’re playing a game that requires input from everybody, it gives increases family cohesion, which is a source of resilience in kids’ lives.” — Sara Meghan Walter, Ph.D.

According to Walter, playing games with your children will give them a sense of belonging in the most important group in their lives—their family. If children can gain a sense of belonging there, then not belonging in other settings will have a lesser impact on their decisions. On the other hand, if your children do not feel a sense of belonging in their home, then they will be more desperate to get that acceptance outside of the home. This study shows that children who feel a sense of belonging in their home will have greater self-confidence and resilience to the teenage turbulence of life.

Academic performance is also likely to improve as your family plays vocabulary or trivia games. Hand-eye coordination will increase as you play games involving those important skills.

Another article from the Wall Street Journal also showed that Math, memory, and self-confidence improve in children as families play together. A fun game will teach your children things like taking turns and good sportsmanship.

Perhaps the greatest thing that playing together will do for you and your family is create cherished memories that will still bring smiles years later. Family traditions are so important. Make playing games a part of your family tradition by downloading the 2 free games here and then buy the list of 20 games by clicking below.




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