4 Observation Games to Have Fun at Home
If you’re at home and want to have a good time with your family and can’t think of an original and fun game, we have the solution for you in this article! Here are several observation games for children of all ages, which will help them develop their eyesight, attention and ingenuity. What are you waiting for to find out what they’re all about?
“When parents really enjoy the company of their children, they become the best teachers children can have.”
– Glenn Doman –
4 observation games to have fun at home
Object search is a game that encourages observation and self-control in children.
Before starting to play, a small object, such as a ball, a doll, a pincer, etc., must be chosen. Then, one of the participants is responsible for hiding the selected object while the rest of the players wait with their eyes closed.
It’s important for the object to be placed somewhere quite visible, so that players can locate it without leaving their seats around the table. Once hidden, participants open their eyes and start looking for it. But the main rule is that they must remain seated.
Once one of the players finds the object, he or she must say it quietly to the person who hid it, without the rest of the players hearing. The game ends when all participants have seen the object.
Without repeating is an ideal game for children to develop concentration, visual acuity and memory.
It consists of taking turns naming various objects that are in sight in a room. But pay attention to avoid naming objects that have already been mentioned. If any of the players repeats the name of an object, then he or she loses the game and the game is over.
The handkerchief of memory
The handkerchief of memory is an observation game that, as its name suggests, also improves our ability to memorize.
It consists of one person selecting between 10 and 20 objects, of a small size, and showing them for half a minute to the rest of the participants.
Afterwards, the objects are covered with a handkerchief and, the players have to say the name of the objects they remember by taking turns. The game ends when all objects have been mentioned, or when the participants don’t remember any more objects.
To play The Exchange, one of the participants stands in front of the others and observes them for one minute. During this time, he or she must look at each person’s attire, the accessories they’re wearing (watches, glasses, bracelets, etc.), their hairstyles, etc.
The player then closes their eyes, while the others exchange various items of clothing and objects, making small changes to their appearance.
Afterwards, the player at the front opens their eyes and must guess the elements changed and to whom they belong. If they succeed, they win the game and a new round begins with another participant in the observer’s role.
Why play observation games as a family?
With these games, children will learn to respect following rules and taking turns, thus promoting a positive coexistence at home. For all these reasons, we recommend practicing some of these observation games. And remember:
“Spending time playing with children will never be time wasted.”
– Dawn Lantero –
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