With computers and printers now present in countless homes, schools and libraries around the world, it's easy for many teachers and parents with bored children to print up entertainment for them in the form of a wide variety of games. As educational, developmental and just plain fun activities for school, a rainy day at home or a long car trip, free printable games help you keep the kids entertained for hours.
Create a mind-challenging game booklet filled with mazes, word searches, crossword puzzles and connect-the-dot pictures that a child can play alone. Brain teasers and logic problems are more advanced choices for older or gifted children. Many kids also enjoy word and phrase scrambles. KidPrintables.com has free versions of all of these games, as well as a version of Boggle that you can download and print.
If your child has an interest in numbers, head on over to Dr-Mikes-Math-Games-for-Kids.com for a fantastic selection of free math games and puzzles that you can print. This is also a good place for math teachers to go for challenging material--especially for grade school kids. Matching or memory games, such as those at FamilyFun.Go.com, are a lot of fun to play and help kids learn to concentrate. There are several printable quiz games there, as well.
There are many places online to download and print simple grids for tic-tac-toe and draughts for two-child game playing, as well as bingo blanks for group play. With the simple addition of buttons, jelly beans or other small objects to use as game pieces, you can have the kids playing in minutes. Go to ActivityVillage.co.uk for these and other printable group games.
Travel games are often pared-down versions of standard games, adapted to make them easier to play in the confined space of a car. The next time you're planning a long family road trip, do yourself a favour and print up some games to save the day when a restless, cranky "how long until we get there" pops up from the back seat. FamilyFun.Go.com has hundreds of downloads devoted to clever and colourful ways to entertain the kids in the car. MomsMinivan.com is another good source for printable travel games.
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