7 Brilliant Printable Games to Play with Kids

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All the traditional games reappear on the scene at various points because parents remember the great games from their own childhood, and the manufacturers keep bringing them back to life. Instead of buying more puzzle books and playing cards, consider the endless internet resources where you can print games and puzzles. Every age group is addressed on various websites to challenging and fun entertainment resources. Choose a wide variety of games and puzzles to print and then spend some quality time on family game night learning to play some of the old favourites.

While not all collections are free, there are some great resources that are worth the investment.

1. Pencil and paper puzzles

Copies of connect-the-dots, word find, tic-tac-toe, mazes, match-the-number or –object are great ways to sharpen the mind and enhance reading skills. The games are available in various difficulty levels for young children through adults. Many of the websites that offer these games keep producing new ones so there is a never-ending supply.

2. Recreate board games

Print a set of dominos and teach the traditional game that has occupied people for hours on end over the years. Battleship game board pieces can be printed for an intriguing strategy game. Print a set of playing cards and teach them to play Crazy 8s and Old Maid.

3. Jigsaw puzzles

For a unique puzzle experience print a picture that has been overlaid with jigsaw lines. Cut out the pieces and challenge the child to reconstruct the puzzle. Sometimes it is best to print two copies of the jigsaw and cut apart one set of pieces so the child has an example. Most of the printable jigsaw puzzles are made of large pieces for younger children.

4. Colouring pages

People of all ages enjoy colouring pictures. Very small children enjoy the company of their favourite adults as they spend time creating an art masterpiece. Even older children will enjoy sitting together and colouring simple or complex pictures of every imaginable object. Age-appropriate pictures are available from many websites.

5. Travel games

Roadside bingo is a great way to pass the time on long road trips. Another great travel game is the License Plate game where a list of the 50 states is printed and each person checks off the ones they spot. Sing-along lyrics teach the kids the songs that have been around for ages as well as some new tunes.

6. Scavenger hunts

Whether you print the roadside version, for use while driving down the highway, a camping version, or a park version, the scavenger hunts are great ways to teach observation skills. When older and younger children work together, everyone has a great time finding the objects on the list before the other team.

7. Holiday theme games

Every holiday has a story behind the day, and printable games can be a fun way to teach kids about the holiday while solving puzzles and passing the time in creative ways. Instead of having to stare at the same bingo cards, print a new set for Christmas, Valentine’s, and St. Patrick’s Day. Puzzle games have been created for every imaginable holiday and are easily accessible on the web. One of the best ways to pass the time, while on the family vacation in the car, train, or plane, is to have some inventive ways to occupy the minds of young and old alike. When children are old enough to read, endless supplies of travel games can keep the entire family occupied for hours. Reading skills are enhanced through reading aloud and identifying new words on the page as the scenery passes. Remember to plan ahead and invest the time to print some great games and puzzles. Withhold some of the collection for the return trip and remember to enjoy the trip along the way.

This guest blog post was written by James Adams who blogs and is an analyst of HP ink at Cartridgesave, which supplies cheap ink cartridges around the UK.

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5 Comments

  1. Naomi Richards
    April 5, 2011 / 7:21 am

    My bidggest success were thr colouring pages. We would sit with the children and they could decide what we printed off and then they would spend ages colouring. They had choice which is always a good thing.

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  3. Becky
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    April 6, 2011 / 1:23 pm

    I print off colouring pages to order!

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