There is nothing stronger than the bond between a parent and child. When the child suffers, you suffer. If your child is suffering from an illness or injury that can be corrected with surgery, an Anchorage pediatric surgeon from Alaska Pediatric Surgery can help. But let’s not dwell on that, children are happy little bundles of joy to be around! And what better way to enjoy your time with them than to play some fun games. Here are some recommendations from us.

Sock Wars

If you have never played sock wars, boy are you in for a treat! It is fort building, but super charged! To play, you start by gathering all the socks in the house, and rolling pairs into balls. Then, you divvy up everyone into teams, and divide the sock balls evenly. Afterwards, it is fort building time! Make sure you build the most secure, awesome, remember-able fort ever! Because once they’re built, it is all out sock war! (Important Point: Always remove any breakables first!) When someone is hit, they are out for the rest of the game. The game ends either when the other team is out, or their fort collapses (from sock throws). A quicker variation is to use Nerf guns, as well.

Board Games, Card Games, and Paper Games

We’ve all probably had a blast with the family building real estate in Monopoly; board games are a fun way to spend the night, as well as build your family community.Here are some of our favorite board games: Sorry!, Candy Land, Twister, Pictionary, Scrabble, Chess, and Checkers!

We wouldn’t necessarily call all card games kid friendly, but there are certainly plenty of kid friendly card games out there. War, Crazy Eights, Spoons, and Rat Slap are some of our favorites.

Paper games are often educational, requiring an expansive vocabulary or critical thinking skills. And best of all? They are fun to play! These are some of our favorite paper games: Hangman, Tick-tack,toe, Dots and Boxes.

Puzzles

Puzzle enthusiasts and, well, everyone else may be in disagreement about whether a puzzle qualifies as a game, but it is certainly a critical thinking activity that the whole family can enjoy. A tip for kids though, start them on easier puzzles and let them work their way up to the ones that interest you (you may be surprised how fast that is). This will keep them from getting disinterested, and ensure you have a fun hobby for the whole family to enjoy on a slow and rainy night in.

Freeze!

A dance party with a twist, Freeze! is a fun game for any family not worried about peace and quiet (you’ll get none of it while this game is going on). Start with a dance party, and get all the kids into a whirl and having fun. Then, out of nowhere, you will stop the music. The game is that they must remain frozen in the position they were in when the music stopped until it starts again. It is sure to get a gaggle of giggles, and your kids will even get some decent exercise out of it!

Treasure Hunt

Arghh! Everyone loves a good treasure hunt! Especially when there is a reward at the end. Plus, you can teach your children the value of a little work and saving at the cost of only a few dollars in quarters a game. All it requires is a pencil, paper, and a little creativity. Hide the “treasure” quarters in places around the house, and think of fun puns, poems, convoluted directions, or other creative ways to clue your kid into their location. Make sure they have their very own piggy bank to save their quarters in! This is also a great opportunity to familiarize them with the basics of saving, promoting a long term goal and delayed gratification.

Hide and Seek

No list of fun kids games would be complete without Hide and Seek. The rules are simple, one person is “it”. That person covers their eyes and counts to a predetermined number while everyone else hides. When they are done, they go a’ seeking. The last person to be found wins, and is the next “it”. For a fun twist on the game (for age appropriate children), try playing it in the dark! Just remember to get rid of any dangerous loose items that could potentially cause a fall first. Depending on the difficulty of finding people in the dark in your home, you can give the “it” a flashlight or not.

 

We hope you have a blast playing these games with your kids! If they should ever need an Anchorage pediatric surgeon, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Here at Alaska Pediatric Surgery, we are proud to do our part to keep kids healthy; please reach out to us at any time if you have questions regarding our practice.