Kids of All Ages Can Be Included in Family Game Night this Puzzle Day
Family game night is a long held tradition that waned somewhat in recent years. But more and more parents are remembering why family game night is such a great idea.
Making puzzles and playing board games helps family members to bond and build happy memories together. And the face-to-face interaction involved helps kids to develop communication skills that they’ll need for life. They’re just not going to get that when their eyes are glued to a screen.
Of course, sometimes it can be difficult to include everyone, especially if you have very young kids or kids with a big age gap. National Puzzle Day helps to bridge that gap.
Puzzles come in a variety of difficulties, with small jigsaw puzzles that have large pieces making an easier task for young children. And for older kids and adults, jigsaw puzzles can get increasingly large and and have many small pieces to fit together.
Puzzles aren’t just relegated to the jigsaw variety either. There are all kinds of brain teasers. A puzzle is pretty much any game that requires a bit of creative problem solving to get to a previously designated end goal.
National Puzzle Day is on January 29th, so it’s a great idea to get prepared with some puzzles and board games that everyone in your family can enjoy together. We have some suggestions for games and puzzles that work well for various age levels and interests.
Take a look.
Minions Tin Lunch Box & 48 Piece Puzzle
Jigsaw puzzles of about 50 pieces or less are great for younger kids. The best way to really get the youngest children involved in puzzle day is to select a puzzle with an end design that appeals to them.
They’ll be excited to see the completed picture of this Minions puzzle. And even if your 3 or 4 year old has difficulty putting together a puzzle of this size, you can work together with them to help them learn puzzle solving strategies.
Include some conversation by talking about your favorite parts of Despicable Me and the Minions movies.
Medieval Large 50 Piece Puzzle
The Medieval puzzle is another puzzle with large pieces that are easy for little hands to pick up and put in place. It features knights and horses, which are a great opening to talk about different kinds of people or history.
And if putting together a simple puzzle like this isn’t engaging enough for the adults, parents can give the easier puzzle to the little kids and work on a more complex puzzle side-by-side. You don’t have to be working on the exact same game to be enjoying each other’s company and conversation.
Shopkins 100-Piece Puzzle
For kids that are ready to move on to something a bit more challenging than 50 piece puzzles, this Shopkins puzzle with 100 pieces will keep them engaged for a bit longer. 100 piece puzzles are good for kids that are at least 5 years old.
Jenga Pass Challenge
Jenga Pass Challenge is an alternative to jigsaw puzzles. It combines piece placement and problem solving with more of a game play strategy. It’s best for kids that are at least 6 years old, and the adults will love the challenge too.
If your family is more the type to need to move around and burn off energy on family game night, you might want to try a puzzle that requires you to use your whole body. The Twister game involves contorting your own body like a puzzle to make a shape that fits the puzzle without falling down.
Star Wars Comic Collage Puzzle 1000 Piece
If you’re ready for a truly whole-family challenge, you’ll want an epic puzzle like this 1,000 piece Star Wars puzzle. The finished image is comic book covers with characters from the classic films, put together in a collage. You and your older kids or your friends will definitely have plenty of things to talk about while you piece together this one.
You don’t have to wait for your kids to be “old enough” to enjoy family game night. And you certainly don’t have to stop at any age. Puzzle challenges let you work together, laugh at mistakes, and spend time talking to the people who are important to you. Try some of the puzzles from our Toronto toy store this Puzzle Day.