I had earlier shared my experience of quarantining with my Covid+ve son, while I remained negative. You can read all about how we went through that experience here. A lot of readers and friends got back to me to know how I ensured my son was engaged and entertained during the quarantine period. Here I list the games I played with him during the period, that not only entertained him but also helped us bond better over the period!
Here are some of our favourite games we played during the time:
1. Kids On Stage
It's like the dumb charades game we have played when we were kids, where one person has to act and the other guesses it. You could play this for any category.
2. Katamino- Family Game
It's an innovative puzzle game with different shapes of blocks that have to be arranged with each other in a way that they fit in a particular space.Helps with hand-eye coordination as well.
One can spend hours playing this wonderful indoor game, that helps kids focus and dexterity and works on their hand-eye-coordination
Whether you are quarantining or travelling (later!), this one game always comes in handy and helps kids think creatively.
5. Jumping Monkeys
There is a tree on which we have to catapult the monkeys. Whoever does it first wins the game.
6. Newspaper Puzzles:
Use your daily newspaper to play with your kids' games such as "Find the differences" or "Finding the best possible route". Helps them stay occupied. I also taught him Sudoku during the is time that he picked up real fast.
7. Playing Cards:
Stock up on playing cards if you have kids at home! You can play a world of things such as Seven-Eight, Memory Game, Jack Thief (Ghulam Chor), Bluff and at the end, he learnt Rummy too! Uno happens to be our all-time favourite.
We all have played so many different games in our childhood and we used to have a great time with those family games. However, now our lives have become so busy that we have to rely on different classes and various activities to keep our kids busy. But all we have to do is take some time out and teach those games to our children and have fun while playing with them. Kids learn more in this way and these family games increase the bonding with parents and the other family members too.
In these crucial and stressful times, these games double up as super stressbusters for us too!