During the pandemic it has been difficult trying to keep an 8 year old entertained without telling him to “just use the iPad”. I have been making a point of trying to have “play-time” for at least 30 minutes every day after dinner. This includes playing outside, maybe he’s on the scooter and I am doing laps in the driveway, or we are tossing the football. We all know the attention span of an 8 year old, it isn’t long. He always want to do play something like “lets pretend we’re….” which is GREAT, I want him to build his imagination, but by the end of the day I have no brain-power left and having to come up with an “expedition” can be taxing. I’m not an imaginative play parent. Maybe it’s because I did so much of it as a kid. My mom is laughing her ass off right now.
Fast forward to last week. My son comes into my office and says “Lets play charades”. I’m like okay I can do this. I may suck at it but this should be entertaining. At first we started to think of our own things to act out and then I realized that again took way too much brain power. So to the Google Box I went. I found a couple of lists that work great for kids and are easy enough that it isn’t frustrating. So I started printing and cutting out little slips. I tell him we can play for 30 minutes and whatever we get through we get through.
Then we finish out the rest the next day. We played for 4 days and now I have to find more lists. It’s been entertaining to see how he acts things out and we did a ton of laughing. He also learned some things to so it’s a win win!!
I have attached one of the games. Just print and cut out the slips.
Hope you have a great weekend and make some memories!!
Until next week