Games at home bring the family together

Games at home bring the family together
Games at home bring the family together

How to diversify the days at home, so as to relieve the tension of the lack of movement, communication with peers and meaningful environment, and favorite activities? What can we do to maintain our good tone, mood and overcome irritation?

How do we use the time now that we are all at home to (re)connect with each other and be a support and comfort to those we love?

Usually, in my articles, I encourage you to ask yourself questions, to look for what the meaning of what you are experiencing and going through is for you personally. In this article, I will do the same, but in a different form. I will suggest games that you can play with all the family members or show the kids to play alone.

You know that games help us to distract ourselves, relax, entertain; they also develop the imagination, give space to the mind and dreams and help us find a solution and a new behavior in a difficult situation.

The games I offer you can become a part of your family activities in the future, and they can inspire you to discover others and thus become a part of your family life.

I will start with a game that adults can do for themselves first, and then offer and explain to children.

Make your horoscope (Positive scenario/ Message of the day/ Luck)

The aim of this game is to come up with a positive scenario of the day in which you do everything as planned, accompanied by luck, harmony, happy coincidences and a positive attitude. Let me add that "horoscope writing" skills will help you in the future when you need to come up with a birthday or personal holiday wish for someone important to you.

The horoscope written by you may sound like this: "Today I am mostly doing well, the Internet connection is stable and reliable. I handle all work tasks. My mood is cheerful and I am calm. In my kitchen, I am about to present myself as a true author of culinary masterpieces.

In the afternoon hours, I will be refreshed by a deep nap, and after that we will play fun games with the children. In the evenings, romantic moments await me with my beloved. Money will come to me unexpectedly".

How to interpret this for children? Direct them to what they need to develop - patience, calmness, physical training, learning a language or the usual subjects at school. A child's horoscope may sound like this: "Today I gladly make my bed and willingly fold clean clothes.

Then I solve the math task with ease, and I learn the ten new English words and pronounce them like a lord. In Bulgarian, I make a retelling, which wins the teacher's applause. My brother and I agree on who gets to play on the PlayStation when".

If the kids are young and can't write, help them come up with the text, write it down yourself and then give them paper and pencils and let them draw their day.

This game can grow into the next one:

Create your own hit

Write a text (or use the one on the horoscope) in which you describe as having already happened what you want to happen to you and achieve; list the qualities you want to develop; you can use your song and talk about the qualities you are proud of. Then come up with a melody and sing your song. A great addition in this game is to invent a dance and dance. Use the song and your horoscope for a cheerful start to the day and when you are tired or feeling stressed and exhausted.


The Sheet Game

It is suitable for children up to 10-11 years of age. Take a plain old sheet and markers. Together with the child, draw on it roads, parks, gardens, mountain, sea, village yard, the favorite place of the cottage, etc. After drawing where you want to be right now, leave the markers and walk around the sheet.If something else comes to your mind in the following days - draw more. Play with the drawn space until you get bored. Then wash the sheet and draw a picture in a new, different place.

Draw under the table top

This game is suitable for those times when you are nervous, overworked, need solitude, or feel exhausted and running out of fresh ideas. Take a drawing sheet, tape it to the underside of the table top, lie on your back and draw. You'll find it enjoyable, relaxing and imaginative.

Fellow Artist

If you want to work on your communication skills (giving instruction, listening, understanding), if you want to improve your relationship with the other, if you want to learn to fully interact and partner, this game will give you a lot.

Take drawing sheets, pencils or felt-tip pens. Sit comfortably, back to back with the person you will be playing with. Without speaking and without looking at the other person's sheet, draw your picture. Determine who will be first and who will be second.

The first one leaves his picture for the next stage of the game. The second player takes a blank sheet of paper and pencils. The one who is first looks at his drawing and instructs the other person what to draw. For example: "At the bottom of the sheet draw the bottom of the sea, on the left of the sheet draw pebbles, and on the right - a rock.

Draw an algae in the middle of the leaf. On the left side, in the middle of the length of the sheet, draw two fish, and on the right - three… etc. You can make up any plot you want. It would be nice to have another family member video and audio record the game.

When you have finished giving the instruction, turn to each other and show your drawings. Compare them. Note where the discrepancy arose-from the instruction one gives or the understanding the other has.

You can observe your experience of what it is like for you to do something that another tells you. And if you come to a conflict, you can look at your motives - what is your goal with it? To end the interaction, to impose yourself, to set the rules, to be followed by the other, to relieve tension that came from elsewhere.

How did you feel when you had to show your drawing to each other? Notice the feelings you experience during the game - they will give you valuable information about how you interact with others. You can use the video to find out what you said and what you really meant; is there a discrepancy between what you were told and what you understood. The game continues with participant number two giving instruction to number one.

Fashion show

Take the clothes out of the closet. You can use this game to teach children to sort clothes: spring-summer, autumn-winter; underwear/home/sports/formal/casual; to fold; to find the mysteriously missing second sock.

At the same time, you can use the game to clear the wardrobe of old, worn, unused clothes and free up space. While sorting, each of you can wear the clothes you want and do a fashion show.Through this game, we can show children which combinations of clothes are appropriate, as well as what clothes we can wear in different social situations.

To make it fun, you can put on football shorts with a shirt and tie, put on formal shoes and a winter hat and ask the children: “What is not appropriate? And how should it be?". The benefit of the game, apart from the cheerful mood, is also the development of aesthetic sense and taste.

This game can also be used to develop observation in the following way. Let one dress as he prefers, let others take a good look at the clothes and accessories he has put on. Then leave the room, take off three things, return to the others and have them guess what is missing. Provoked by throwing away old clothes, children can also open the topic of separation.

Give space to their questions and answer them when you feel ready. Another possible topic is that of environmental pollution with textiles. It will be helpful to educate yourself on the topics and give the answer you feel comfortable with.

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