One of the most challenging aspects of gaming is finding the time to play. Some families play games daily, other families only play on Thanksgiving night. You know your family best. Do what works for you.
Finding Time To Play
Six tips for successful family gaming
Here are some tips and tricks for making the space for play in your life!
1. Give yourself permission
Games provide an opportunity for stealth learning. Gameschooling does not look anything like the school of your past, but that does not mean it is any less educational. We all know that play is important, so separate school and education in your mind and give yourself permission to play!
2. Keep games accessible and know what you have
Is your child struggling this week and crying over his math book? If you know what you have, you can ditch the books and play a fantastic math game. It counts, I promise. This helps if you know what you have, so be sure to organize that game closet!
3. Schedule it in
Routines and habits take time. If you want to be a family of gamers, pick a date and a time that generally works for everyone and schedule it. It might be Saturday night or Friday mornings over lunch… do what works!
4. Make sure you have one game that is always a hit
What game does everyone love? Be sure to have it on hand for impromptu playing!
5. Keep games visible
On Sunday afternoon, I’ll often pull out a few games I’d like to play during the week. Maybe we’ve been light on science and I want to squeeze in a gameschooling science lesson, or maybe it’s a game we haven’t played in a while. I leave the stack out in the open as a visual reminder.
6. Travel with games
You never know when you’ll find yourself waiting… either in a waiting room or at a restaurant. Tuck Bananagrams in your purse or glove box. You’ll be glad you did!
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Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: How are you finding time to play? What tips or tricks would you add? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram