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20 Inspirational And Fun Board And Card Games To Play With Kids

20 Inspirational And Fun Board And Card Games To Play With Kids

Board and card games for kids makes for great family fun time. The type of game can teach logic, strategy, turn-taking, and fairness to kids.

1. Rat-A-Tat-Tat Cat: Power Of Mathematics

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    Ages: 6+

    Number Of Players: 2-6

    The object of  Rat-A-Tat-Tat Cat is to have as few rats as possible in your hand at the end of the game. The game also sharpens memory and requires children to learn strategy as well. The round ends when a player thinks they have the lowest possible score, he or she then raps on the table saying rat-a-tat-tat.

     2. Take The Cake: Power Of Shapes

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      Ages: 4+

      Number Of Players: 2-4

      Take the cake is all about taking the cake! The cupcake, that is. Each player matches wooden shapes to their card cupcakes. The player with the most correctly decorated cupcakes wins. The game teaches turn-taking and helps with fine motor skills.

      3. There’s A Moose In The House: Power Of Strategy

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        Ages: 8+

        Number Of Players: 2-5

        Moose in the house is a card game of strategy. The object of the game is to have as few or no moose at the end of play.

         4. Scrabble: Power Of Words

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          Ages: 8+

          Number of Players: 2 to 4

          Scrabble lets kids get creative in their use of words and word play. Parents and kids take turns building or creating words with their letter tiles. Have a doubt about whether a word is a word? Google it to determine if it’s real or not.

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          5. Go Fish: Power Of Matching

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            Ages: 7+

            Number of Players: 2+

            Cards: Standard Deck

            Go Fish players are dealt seven cards when there are only two players and five when there are more. Kids match suits or the same numbers. As cards are matched they are placed face up on the table. Players ask for a particular suit or number by asking other players or by being told to ‘go fish’ in the ‘fish pond’ of the left over deck..

            6. Clue: Power Of Mystery

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              Ages: 8+

              Number Of Players: 2-6

              Clue induces kids to learn the power of deduction by finding the guilty party, weapon, and where the murder took place.

              7. Old Maid: Power Of Strategy

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                Ages: 5+

                Number Of Players: 3+

                Cards: Standard deck with one queen removed

                The dealer in Old Maid deals all of the cards at once. The players make the initial matches and continue to do so until the remaining card, the old maid is left. Whoever is left holding the old maid loses. Kids learn to match and the way to giving away the unwanted cards.

                8. Chinese Checkers: Power Of Planning Ahead

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                  Ages: 5+

                  Number Of Players: 2-6

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                  The objective of Chinese checkers is to be the first to reach the “home” of one’s opponents. Kids must learn the value of planning moves in advance in order to win the game.

                  9. Go Nuts: Power Of Mathematics

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                    Ages: 8+

                    Number Of Players: 2-4

                    Go Nuts is a dice game that requires the adding up of points. This game is very fast paced and can usually be played in 12 minutes or less. The winner is the player who earns 50 points.

                    10. City Square Off: Power Of Spatial Thinking

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                      Ages: 8+

                      Number Of Players: 2 Teams Or Players

                      City square off is a tetris like board game. Kids or teams take turns building up their cities without going over the edge.

                      11. Gubs: Power Of Imagination

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                        Ages: 10+

                        Number Of Players: 2-6

                        Gubs is a card game designed to fire up a kid’s imagination, while taking about 20 minutes for complete play.

                        12. Candyland: Power Of Color

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                          Ages: 3+

                          Number Of Players: 2-4

                          Candyland is a classic Hasbro board game. Players take turns drawing a color card and moving their gingerbread man to the corresponding color.

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                          13. Chutes And Ladders: Power Of Decision-Making

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                            Ages: 4+

                            Number Of Players: 2-4

                            Chutes and ladders teaches the value of making good decisions through ‘climbing’ the ladder of success or chuting back down when a bad decision is made. The player to reach the number 100 square is the winner.

                            14. Fitz It: Power Of Language

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                              Ages: 10+

                              Number Of Players: 2-4

                              Fitz it is a card game with words. The cards have the definition of an object. The players must think of a corresponding object that matches the phrases. The winner is the one with no or the least number of cards at the end of play.

                              15. Feed The Kitty: Power Of Creativity

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                                Ages: 4+ 

                                Number Of Players: 2-5

                                Feed the kitty does not require the need to read in order to play. It does require players to try and outwit one another. The object of the game is to have the most mice left over.

                                16. Slamwich: Power Of Stealth

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                                  Age: 6+

                                  Number Of Players: 2-6

                                  Slamwich is a game to outwit the other players out of their cards. Lay down double deckers and be sure to shout ‘Stop Thief’ when you see one appear.

                                  17. Rory’s Story Cubes: Power Of Storytelling

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                                    Ages: 8+

                                    Number Of Players: 2-6

                                    Rory’s story cubes does not require reading in order to play. Roll the 9 image dice and tell a story with the images rolled. Players may play as long as they wish.

                                    18. Elephant’s Trunk: Pattern Recognition

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                                      Ages: 4+

                                      Number Of Players: 2-4

                                      Elephant’s trunk players are given suitcases and clothes tokens. The dice is color-coded with one side having a mouse. If the mouse is rolled the player loses a turn. When a color is rolled the coinciding clothing goes into the player’s trunk. The winner is the one with the most clothes in their trunk at the end of play.

                                      19. Castle Keep: Power Of Strategy

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                                        Ages: 8+

                                        Number Of Players: 2-4

                                        The object of Castle Keep is to build and fortify your castle before your opponent does. Or to leave your opponent’s castle in utter ruins.

                                        20. Ugly Doll: Power Of Quick Thinking

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                                          Ages: 6+

                                          Number Of Players: 2-6

                                          The object of Ugly Doll is to shout ‘Mine’ when 3 of the same cards are showing. The winner of the game is the one with the most cards at the end.

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                                          Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                          In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                          Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                          Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                          Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                          Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                          The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                          There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                          How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                          According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                          Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                          Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                          The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                          Listen carefully:

                                          We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                          The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                          Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                          8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                          There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                          Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                          1. Pray Daily

                                          You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                          When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                          Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                          Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                          2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                          A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                          By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                          Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                          If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                          This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                          How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                          3. Smile Often

                                          Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                          Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                          Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                          The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                          4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                          A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                          When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                          Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                          Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                          5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                          I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                          Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                          What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                          6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                          God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                          I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                          I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                          7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                          You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                          How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                          First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                          If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                          If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                          If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                          Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                          8. Go Exercise

                                          Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                          The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                          You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                          12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                          The Bottom Line

                                          It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                          It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                          Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                          Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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