Why are traditional games so important for children?

With advance tech-gadgets becoming common in every household, the idea of games and fun is getting restrained to games on television, mobiles, computers, tablets, PlayStation and alike. Although these digital games are interesting and undoubtedly fun, excess of everything is bad.

Remember the games that you grew up playing? Well, it’s time you introduce your kids to the same games that have not only entertained you but generations before that. Besides, these can be beneficial for kids. Unlike the digital games, the traditional games stimulate overall growth as they involve some physical activity, simultaneously offering enough space for intellectual development. The fact that these games often require a couple of people to play with, they become a great means of interaction and provide kids with opportunities to make friends and build camaraderie.

Not all but many of the traditional games are played outside homes. Playing outdoors has a list of advantages of itself. Experts suggest a correlation to everything from better overall health, to lower anxiety to better eyesight. They also promote creativity, imagination and enhance the social skills of children. In short, these games deserve to be a part of every kid’s childhood.

Best traditional games for your kid 

1. Hide and seek: This is one of the most commonly enjoyed game. As the name suggests, it involves a group of children who are supposed to hide. One child takes the role of the seeker and finds the others. The hiders get only some time to hide till the seeker completes the countdown with eyes closed. Onc he/she finds everyone then, someone else becomes the seeker.

Number of Players: Ideally at least three. Equipment: None.

 

2. Dodgeball. This game is very common in many schools in P.E. classes. Not only is it fun, but it’s also an explosion of physical activity. Children divide into two groups and throw balls. If the throw hits somebody on the opposite side, they are eliminated and must leave the area to a place behind the opponents. The team who have players left at the end wins. The game is not easy and requires agility, reflexes, and a good aim.

Number of Players: Ideally at least six. Equipment: 5-6 balls

 

 

3. Simon Says: Simon tells the other players what to do using the phrase, “Simon Says”. If he does not use that phrase and a player does what he says, they are out. Last player standing is the next Simon. This game can be played all the way into adulthood by increasing the speed and difficulty of the commands, but it is a great game to start with preschool kids to teach them how to follow directions.

Number of Players: Ideally at least six. Equipment: None

 

4. Marbles: The general rules specify that you draw a circle in the sand or on the sidewalk, and then take turns trying to knock each other’s marbles out of the circle with your one large marble. If you knock any marbles out of the ring, keep them and have another turn. The winner is the person with the most marbles at the end of the game – you can then return your marbles to each other unless you have agreed to play for keeps!

Number of Players: Ideally at least six. Equipment: None

 

You can also play many of these games with your kid. Not only will this help you bond well with them but also take you back to your good old days.