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10 Tips for a Meaningful Game Time

1. Music

We recommend playing music to add rhythm and energy to your game experience. 

2. Enthusiasm

We believe enthusiasm is contagious. Strive to be energetic and fully committed to the game.

3. Seriously Fun Play

Playing, at any age, is a very serious thing. It contributes to the development of countless motor, cognitive and emotional abilities and therefore one should take it seriously. However, it’s important to have fun. Spend more time on games that you and your children enjoy playing. If there is no connection with a particular game, continue to the next one and return to the previous game at a later time. 


4. Feedback

Feedback is one of the most important components in our learning and growth process. Be sure to give feedback on the entire process and not just the outcome. Encourage your child’s effort no matter what the result, celebrating all attempts. Positive feedback throughout the whole process encourages children to face challenges and difficulties in life. Ask your children to provide you with feedback as well, as there is much to learn from children.


5. Modelling

Children learn from role modelling. In most of our games, the activity is a mutual exchange between parent and child. Be sure to switch roles, demonstrating that you are willing to experiment and take a playful approach to life. 


6. An Appropriate Challenge

Knowing how to identify an appropriate challenge is a very important element in our personal development. If the activity is too easy we tend to get bored. If it is too difficult it may cause frustration and anxiety. Success may come after several attempts, stretching our abilities to the limit. Challenges provide us with an opportunity for growth, enjoyment and motivation. 

7. Presence

Strive to be fully present during the game. Try muting your phone! Pay attention to your child's body language, whether it is a smile or a gesture of frustration. Every movement and breath is significant, these are important moments in life, try not to miss them.


8. Repetition and Habit Formation

Kids love to repeat games. Repetition contributes to improving skills and building self-confidence. We recommend setting a weekly time and place for the game. Start slowly increasing the frequency and amount of play.


9. Creativity

Children are inherently creative. Encourage your child to create their own versions and creative twists on our games. 

10. Celebrate Every Effort

Try to end play time in an upbeat way. Celebrating our efforts, both large and small will motivate us to continue to explore movement and play in the future. Time spent together will make every activity worthwhile.  

©2021 A family game from Moving Creatures

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