“We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” George Bernard Shaw
Before the days of computers and gaming stations, children were obliged to make their own entertainment. This wasn’t a hardship as we didn’t know any different.
Many of us spent our childhoods outside (even when it was raining); riding bikes, climbing trees and generally having fun while working up an appetite for dinner…
However, during longer winter evenings, without a TV or the internet, we found other sources of amusement. These came with very simple materials and often very simple rules.
Finding the fun in everything you do is probably the first rule of thumb. (Getting a Mary Poppins flashback here) A sulky child who won’t play needs another approach maybe, but when they see the fun to be had, most children will gladly join in. It may be a good idea to exaggerate a little at first if you come up against resistance to turning off the computer.
Many of the games in this fun downloadable book can be played outside as well as inside, depending on the weather of course.
As we are never too old to learn, we are never too old to play, and these games, with a few allowances here and there of course, can be played and enjoyed by all ages – all you need to do is find the kid in you!
Pencil, paper and marbles at the ready and not a charger, battery or a plug anywhere to be found!
(intro from Indoor Family Games)
Indoor Family Games
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