To name just a few:
- Waiting their turn promotes patience
- Sequential concepts
- instant results from decisions made
- sensory perception
- social development
- dealing with limits promotes self-control
When children engage with others in a game, they have to learn that even in the excitement and intensity of a close match, they still have to submit to the limits and boundaries of rules and regulations. An important life lesson! When kids develop a sense of fair play early on, they end up "way of ahead of the game". ha :)
I made two pies and a pot of coffee and then set out pretty Christmas paper plates, red cocktail napkins, a beverage dispenser with lemon ice water inside and plastic cups. When our guests arrived, we greeted them warmly at the door, took their coats and ushered them into the kitchen.
We served up the desserts and enjoyed friendly fellowship for a bit. The younger kids ate theirs in the kitchen and then went into the family room to play a stack of games. I think they played Apples to Apples, Sorry and In a Pickle.
The adults and older kids took their refreshments to the dining room table where we played a board game called Balderdash. (We have the older edition which we like much better than the modern one.)
Our invitation specified a starting time of 7 and an ending time of 9:30pm-ish to give our guests an idea of time perimeters. We ended up finishing up around 10pm.
This was so much fun. We hope to host more game night in the coming months and if we do, I think I'll also put out a big bowl of popcorn, too.
Have you ever hosted a game night in your home?