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Let the Games Begin!

Let the Games Begin!

Games aren’t just for fun.

Yes, they are fun, and there’s just nothing like a good old family game night with everyone gathered around the table for laughs, relaxation, togetherness, and a little healthy competition. In our fast-paced society, time is a precious commodity, and there’s no better way to spend it than with your family. So let the games begin.

The selection is vast. Head to your local stores and just check out all that is available. There are games for all ages—from toddlers to grownups—and for all interests—from pretty princesses to space invaders.  Whether it’s board games or card games or games involving passing pigs, there’s something out there for everyone.

Remember the games that you played as a kid? Well, many of them are still out there. Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry O, Battleship, UNO, Monopoly, and so much more. Dust off those you’ve stored in the attic, or pick up a brand new one and have some fun.

Playing games not only provides precious memories of family togetherness, but develops all types of skills that promote success in school and in social situations. Learning to take turns and be a good sport are of fundamental importance.

Children (and adults) need to know that they can’t always win, but they can still have a good time. Healthy competition in a loving environment builds confidence and attitudes of graciousness. From basic math concepts like counting, to critical thinking and strategizing, the brain is being stimulated and making connections that promote growth and development. The building blocks are set in place for reading skills to be fostered. And the benefits are endless.

So, come on moms and dads, call your family together. Get out those games and let the fun—and learning—begin!

PS – We’d love for you to share your favorite family games so that we can all find some good ones!

By: Kristi M. Butler

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