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Last Update Date: 25 July 2019
In this modern age, it can be difficult to bring our children together on playdates with their friends, supervise them playing in the neighbourhood streets, or spend time with them playing games. For this reason, we prepared a list of games that can be played at home as both single-player games and multiplayer games (up to four people). We even shared a list of old-school, nostalgic family games to play at home 😉

Remember: Playing games improves both the emotional intelligence (EQ), and the logical intelligence (IQ) of children. Therefore, the need for games is just like the need for nutrition and love. Here are the games:

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1) SINGLE PLAYER GAMES TO PLAY AT HOME

MentalUP Brain Teaser (Develops Mental Skills)

To protect children from harmful content on the internet and to help them use technology in a beneficial way, we recommend downloading the MentalUP app. This app consists of many single-player games, with each game pedagogically-certified and designed to improve children's’ mental skills. When your child performs well in the games, they earn in-game gold and can spend it to develop their avatar. Not only does this create an immersive gaming experience, but it also supports the development of the child’s attention span, memory, and verbal, visual and numerical intelligence. If you’d like to take a quick look at the games that can be played at home, here are some examples of MentalUP games below:

Games to Play at Home

Shapes and Colors

Development Areas: Short-Term Memory, Visual Attention, Naming

single person game at home

Pattern Recall

Development Areas: Spatial Memory, Short-Term Memory

8 age game at home

Mirroring

Development Areas: Visualisation, Visual Attention, Benchmarking

NOTE: 30 minutes per day on MentalUP is sufficient. You can spend the remaining time with other games that are recommended at the end of the page.

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Card Matching Game (Improves Memory)

This game is a memory game that can be played at home.

First, divide an A4-sized paper or cardboard into eight equal pieces. Next, draw two of the same symbol, number or pattern on each piece of paper. We now have four sets (eight pieces) of paper, with two of each image. Turn the papers upside down and mix them up.

Now the game begins! Try to find the same two images in succession. If you cannot, then both cards must be flipped down again. The player will repeat this process until all the same images are successfully opened in quick succession. As children grow older, the number of cards can be increased to further test their memory skills.

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Maze, Find the Difference, and Similar Paper-Based Games (Supports Visual Intelligence Development)

There are several books for these types of games but if you don't have such a book yet, you can also print them from the internet. These kinds of games can be played alone at home. You can even prepare the maze game yourself and play it by yourself. For example, in the maze game, all you need to do is draw a maze path to the target. Then replace your own path with dead-end streets to create a full maze. By the time you complete the maze, you will probably have lost your way. 😉 Now it's time to find the target again!

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For more games in a digitally interactive environment, try MentalUP, which features dozens of games that require visual attention.

Developed by doctors, game designers and academics, MentalUP is a pedagogically-certified app.

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2) MULTIPLAYER GAMES TO PLAY AT HOME

Balloon Game (Supports Development of Kinesthetic Intelligence and Motor Skills)

All you need for this game is a balloon. First, you inflate the balloon and start by throwing it to each other. The aim of the game is to keep the balloon in the air. It is possible to add various rules to the game. For example, you can make the game more difficult by saying that it will not touch any objects. Or you can set a rule where one player must throw the balloon to another player with a single throw.

Likewise, you can set a field limit for players and say, “We will stay in this field and hold the balloon in the air without touching anything”. This is a very enjoyable game that can be played at home. Moreover, this game is important for the development of children's kinesthetic intelligence areas, such as balance and motor skills. Games played at home with balloons can be for two or more players.

games played at home for two children

Solitaire (Improves Planning and Problem Solving Skills)

You need one solitaire set for this game. Don't worry, you can find this game in most toy shops at a low price. It is a very entertaining game that has been popular for years. Even adults can find it addictive. 😁

The rules of the game are very simple. There are 32 pawns and 33 spaces. You place the pawns on the playing field and leave the middle hole empty. To capture a pawn, you need to move another pawn to the right or left by jumping over this pawn and placing it in the appropriate hole. A pawn that has been jumped over is removed from the game. If you complete the game with the right strategy, you will have only one pawn left. This will give you the highest score.

solo test

Solitaire is a great game to play at home for both children and adults!

Finger Wrestling (Improves Fine Motor And Reflex Skills)

When games are played at home for just two people, the games where both parties are active at the same time provides more enjoyment. Finger wrestling is one of these games. Players clamp their fingers together, as in the example image. Thumbs remain in the air and wrestling begins. The goal in this game is to put your own finger on the opponent's finger. It’s quite a simple and fun game!

For multiplayer games at home, we recommend “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.

Finger Wrestling Game

3) GAMES PLAYED AT HOME FOR 3 OR MORE PEOPLE

Circus Show Game (Improves Attention and Gross Motor Skills)

Do not assume that attention exercises consist only of brain games played on paper. The Circus Show game is an attention game that utilises body weight. It is a very entertaining game that can be played at home for three people. You need two balls for this game.

First, three people position themselves to form a triangle. Two people hold a ball, which means one person is left empty-handed. The person who does not have the ball always issues the commands. The commands are “right” and “left”. For example, if the command is “right”, each person will throw the ball to the person on the right. The ball continues to be thrown to the right until the next command is received. The only person who can issue the next command is the one without a ball. This person can suddenly say “left”. As soon as the “left” command is received, the direction of the ball's movement turns to the left. That means, everybody starts throwing the ball to the left. Those who drop the ball or forget to throw the ball in the right direction will receive penalty points!

Gross Motor Skills

This game can also be played with four or more people. However, as the number of people increases, the number of balls will increase. You may not have four or more balls at home. 😄

Weeble Game (Develops Attention and Reflex Development)

When talking about playing games at home for four or more people, the first games that come to mind are board games like Ludo and Monopoly. However, if you are looking for more active games, especially for children aged 4, 5 and 6 years of age, the Weeble game is just for you.

You can play the Weeble game with a rolling pin or just a simple pole. First, players sit in a circle. One of the players places a pole in the middle and holds it in their hand in an upright position. Each player is given a nickname or number. The player holding the pole says the nickname or number of another player and drops the pole. The named player must act quickly and catch the pole before it falls to the ground. If the pole falls, the player takes a penalty score. They then say another name and drop the pole. In this way, the game continues.

The Weeble game improves children's attention skills and strengthens their reflexes.

attention game at home

4) OLD GAMES PLAYED AT HOME (NOSTALGIA)

Here, we share games that are known as old games but never get old. These games also support children's mental development. Here is a list of old games that can be played at home:

SOS:This is a game for two people. It is played in a fixed area on a checkered notebook. Each player has a single move each time. The player can either put an “S” or an “O ” inside the frame of his choice. The player who completes the word S-O-S first wins points and new moves. The player with the most completed SOS wins.

Name the City: This game can be played with three or more people. Any adult or child who is 6-7 years old and can read is able to enjoy this game. Everyone has a piece of paper in front of them. There are headings on the papers that contain categories, such as names, cities, animals, and plants. One letter is specified, for example, the letter B. Everyone writes a name starting with the letter B in the relevant categories without showing their papers. Each correct word that is written is worth 10 points. The score of those who have written the same words are divided up between them and they are given 5 points for each word. Fields left blank are zero points. At the end of the game, the highest score wins.

Hot-Cold: This is a game that is more fun to play with a group. Inside the house, there are set boundaries and an item is placed within these boundaries. Others will offer hints to help; as the player approaches the item they are searching for, their fellow players will say “hot”. Conversely, if the player moves away from the item, they will start saying “cold”. The player who finds the lost item as soon as possible will earn points.

TO SUM UP, WE HAVE INCLUDED:

  • Multiplayer games (three or more players) to play at home.
  • Nostalgic games to play at home.
  • At-home games for adults.
  • Brainteaser games to play at home as MentalUP.

If you’ve liked the games we’ve mentioned and would like to share this with other r families, please feel free to share this article on social media. 😏

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