We Love Old Fashioned Games

5 Reasons to Love Old Fashioned Games!

1. Old fashioned games build contemporary skills: In a world where many of the games geared for children come in app format, old fashioned games can help kids gain important skills, including gross motor, balance, coordination and more. Jacks, marbles, hopscotch, foursquare, kickball, and even Red Rover, all invite children to use their bodies in ways that help them to grow into skilled, coordinated, and strong adults.

2. Teamwork: Unlike many single player games, many old fashioned games invite cooperation and communication. I remember epic rounds of capture the flag as a child that involved complicated strategies and teamwork from a fleet of determined nine year olds. Learning how to communicate well and work with others toward a common goal is a skill set that will benefit your sweet little buddies their entire lives.

3. Old fashioned games hone problem solving skills: Whether it’s figuring out the best way to set up a 500 piece domino pattern, or where to hide during a game of kick-the-can, these types of pastimes ask children to solve problems by looking at many different systems and the ways in which they intersect. Learning how to look at challenges with this type of bird’s-eye-view perspective may be one of the most important lessons your kids receive. Life is full of problems and challenges, and no matter how big or how small they are, having the skills to look at the big picture without getting lost in the weeds can make all the difference.

4. Imagination is the key: Perhaps one of the oldest games of all time is the made-up game. Probably since the first mom told her first kid to “go out and play” children have been making up their own games. Often complex and non-linear, these types of games challenge kiddos to develop a plan in their mind and make up all the rules of engagement. Not only that, they also have to remember all those rules once they play the game. That’s a lot of brain power and innovation, exactly the skills that are needed to build a big, bright, and beautiful future.

5. And last, but certainly not least, many old fashioned games get kids outside. If you know us, you know how much we love the outdoors and how indispensable we believe time in nature is for children. Kids need time and space to process all of the information we give them each day. An hour spent running around in the grass, under the trees gives them the brain space to build strong connections to all of that knowledge. It also builds a healthy and loving relationship with the natural world, and if you love something, you take care of it.


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