When my son asks me for his own computer, it is so perplexing to me. I often can't wait to get off my computer half the time. How can a three-year-old find it to be so interesting? Kellan is already too adeptgood with technology (as I had blogged about earlier) and I think sometimes it's too much, too soon.
So in my search to find new and interesting activities that do not include a screen, I took out some old games and they've been surprisingly versatile. Scrabble is definitely his favorite. He loves arranging the tiles in patterns. It also gives me an opportunity to teach phonics and spelling. But we mostly usually just play with the tiles and that's fine by me. Another favorite is Jenga, the stacking game with small wooden blocks. He basically likes it when I make a tower so he can knock it over, but you probably already guessed that. He also likes playing construction site with the blocks and his trucks.
Even a deck of cards can offer new ways to play. Kellan pretends the cards are mail and he walks around the house "delivering" them by wedging cards into kitchen drawers or couch cushions. Sometimes I'll find random cards under the rug or between books days later. I'm saving actual card games for when he's much older. And teaching poker to a preschooler doesn't seem right.
To be completely honest, these games can sometimes create serious clutter around the house, but we've been working on cleaning up as we go and as long as he's forgotten about that computer, I'm okay with a little extra pick-up duty.
Do you have any classic games that offer new ways to play?