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Games for a Family Affair – Part Three

                                                Games for  Six Years and Older

Hello Kitty Yahtzee

Hello Kitty Yahtzee

After your child’s sixth birthday, he will be showing more interest in playing in groups, and games are a great way to encourage following directions and social interaction.  Children can play together in addition to family members joining in.  This is a great time to start a ritual of family game night.  If you can fit it in once a month or at least during the holidays, everyone will enjoy each other’s company. Here are a few games that are age appropriate.

  • Repello ($20) for pattern building and recognition
  • Backgammon  ($14) helps problem solving and counting
  • Monopoly ($16) is good for strategy building and counting
  • Chess ($10) requires patience and intensive teaching of moves of board pieces
  • LIFE ($20) will teach your child basic life experiences
  • SORRY! ($15) will teach your child strategy skills and problem solving
  • Hello Kittie Yahtzee ($14) will teach your child number matching and concepts
  • Uno ($6) is a card matching game that requires strategy
  • Othello ($15) is simple to learn and requires strategy and planning skills
  • Scrabble Junior ($16) is word game that requires spelling and reading skill
  • Simon ($21) requires good memory skills
  • Mancala ($15) is a board game using rocks and counting

Make the holidays a wonderful memory by having a family fun game night.  For more information about learning styles, communication and appropriate activities for this age gourp. Refer to My Baby Compass, Four to Seven.

– Kathy Gruhn, MA CCC-SLP, author of My Baby Compass series

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