Games for Parents and Children to Enhance Communication
We now know that if kids can be happy while learning, wonderful leaps in communication skills can happen! Here are some smart suggestions.
Games are a wonderful medium to teach communication to children. In a way, this is how they learn since the beginning of time! But we now know that if kids can be happy while learning, wonderful leaps in communication skills can happen! Remember communication is both words and body language.
So without further delay, we would like to introduce some games so you can play with your little ones!
Game 1: Chess
Chess involves mathematics, strategy, tactics and critical thinking skills. We see more and more chess clubs for children opening around the world!
Of course, your first thought is that we don’t talk when we play chess. Several studies have discussed the benefits of chess and among these benefits are improved communication and debate skills and improved focus. The communication ways between the players are the moves they make on the chessboard and at later stage kids even develop critical skills in being able to anticipate their opponent’s thought process. You don’t have to speak in order to communicate. Chess is a mind game. It is like taking your brain and your kids’ brain to the gym.
Kids love to have their own army. While learning it would be fun for you to answer all the questions your little one will ask. Several chess clubs offer classes for parents to, to get you up to speed with the basics so you can practice at home. Chess time is a wonderful opportunity for any parents to get one-on-one time with their child while discussing strategy and having fun!
Don’t forget you can find a lot of playful chess boards that make playing even more fun!
Game 2: Charades
This is so much fun! We all know how to play it! Adults and children enjoy this alike. You can even buy readymade charade cards or make your own. For those unfamiliar with the game here are some general instructions:
- You need 2 or more players. Preferable to play in teams, but you can also play it one-on-one.
- You take the cards from the readymade game you purchased or the ones you created on your own and you have to use your body to describe to the other person the word / action or object.
- If your teams can guess what you are doing, then you win a point!
- If you are playing one-on-one you have to make it a more friendly game, where you need to do a good enough job for the other person to guess otherwise you lose.
This is great to develop body language communication skills! Try it!
Game 3: Taboo
A well-known game you can play with your child either electronically or with cards with words. Now that is a family game. Your child learns how to communicate in a group environment. It needs verbal or language skills and mistakes make the entire family laugh. Trying to guess what the other person is trying to describe? Oh boy… That will be a video worthy moment with your children!
Also, the game is great for learning new vocabulary. The more words you have in your head the better you express what you want to say; and so it goes for your children too.
Game 3: Present Your Day
Take a white board and take turns making a presentation on any of the following:
- Something that is important to you. You can explain why it is important, how it makes you feel, how you found out of this activity / subject that you are presenting, who do you share this experience with etc.
- Your career (for adults) and your future career (for children). Here you make a short presentation on what you do day to day! Your children can present why they want to be a fireman or inventor or anything they decide. They need to include why, what made them decide this and how does it make them feel.
- Your pets. You can include, when you got the pet, their name, their habits etc.
- Your best friends, why are they your best friends, what are some of the best moments you spend with them so far.
There are hundreds of topics to present! Use your imagination and make it super fun! It will help kids dig deeper and understand their emotions and also allow them to see how you present. This will give them a better understanding of you as a person and not just as a parent.
Game 5: Finish the Story
Take a book, preferably a new book and read through half of it! Then ask your children to go ahead and discuss with you how do they think the story should continue and end. You can even make your own story together, where you say a sentence and then your little one has to add the next sentence.
Make sure you write it down! Then read it together and laugh!
It will spark the creative writer in them.
You can also take books and ask them to describe what they see in pictures and see if it matches what the text is saying. If your child is of reading age, then hide the text for this game!
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