Simple game ideas for siblings of different ages

Family relationships become more harmonious when family game nights are organized regularly and consistently. This tradition provides opportunities for connection between all family members and also teaches siblings to communicate better with each other.
If it is easier for children close in age to find suitable games or activities, this task becomes more difficult when the difference is greater, namely because of the underdeveloped skills of the younger sibling.
There is a difference of 5 years between my children, the eldest is already 9 years old. Thus, most board games are far from being played together with her sister, but she very much insists on playing with us. He no longer wants to be a spectator, watching us have fun.
Although she cannot read at the moment, she already possesses an early level of strategic thinking and has an interest in board and board games. Thus, I am always looking for games that are suitable for both: not difficult for a 4-year-old and not too boring for a 9-year-old. But the main goal is – to have fun family time.
Below, I present you 3 board games from Djeco that can be played as a family, between siblings or cousins ​​of different ages, neighbors or even by mom and dad 🙂 They are the games that fill our evenings or weekends, they help us we relax, immerse ourselves in the children's world without having to run on our heads, but most importantly – it helps us create a harmonious relationship between siblings.
All the games have been tested by all of us and they are already at the top of our game collection, so we highly recommend them.
Phosphorescent Card Game "Mistiboo!"
This game is as simple as it is fun for any age! When the kids start playing it, they can't stop and they want one more time and then one more time 🙂
I don't think the age limit {4-7 years} is valid for this game because it is addictive for children of any age, including adults.
Adelina very quickly got the idea of ​​this game because it does not involve numbers or reading. I don't go a day without playing it, but it's even more fun when Dani and Dad join the game, and in 4 the game becomes even more interesting.
A cool thing in MistiBoo! it's the fact that children can win over adults too. In this game, the one who is bigger or more advanced does not win - it all depends on luck and a bit of intuition. In such conditions, it is perfect even for children with a larger age difference.
mistyboo! it's a mysterious game, sometimes with a hint of Halloween and monsters, but very funny.
The purpose of the game is quite simple : the cards are dealt among the players and, until the game starts, each one draws identical pairs of cards. Then, in turn, each player randomly draws a new card from the next player (without seeing their cards): if they form a pair, they discard it. Whoever is left with the mystery cat that has no mate loses.
I like it better when there are 3-4 people in the game, so it's harder to guess whose cat it is and it's harder to match the pairs. So it takes longer. But it's really cool to watch their face when the cat is drawn from their books :))
But the touch of mystery gives the game the phosphorescent visuals to be played in the dark. Kids love this kind of "magic" and mystery! Because lately the little one is a bit afraid of monsters (something typical for this age), first we played a few times to get used to the images and she was no longer afraid to play in the dark.
The game is compact and can be taken in the purse to occupy children's time anywhere: at the cafe, in the park, in the car, on the plane and at the party.
Tip Tap Clap Memory Game
This game is easily addictive as it generates lots of laughs and fun. But the best thing is that there is no competition.
The cards can be played by any age, even starting from 3 years (with small facilities). The rule of the game is simple – you only need to repeat the action, grimace or make the sound presented in the image of the drawn card, but also repeat the previous actions (which you don't see).
As well as developing memory, the game also involves some movement, so it's not just played on the floor still.
At first, Adelina was unable to memorize the sequence of previous actions and we let her have the freedom to just be involved in the game. Although, we had to explain this to Daniel several times, he being a keen player who always tends to win 🙂 Then, he showed a good memory and even advanced us adults 🙂
They really like various weirder sounds and laugh continuously, which infects us too. There is no better "therapy" for harder days!
Strategic thinking game "Mikado"
This game Daniel had bought from Carousel with his own money and it had become his favorite game for a while, which he sometimes played by himself.
The game only requires a flat surface (floor, table, carpet) and a lot of concentration. The rule is simple: the players in turn must draw one stick each, so that the pile is not moved. And not just any stick, but the one with the highest score (indicated by certain color combinations).
Obviously, the little one doesn't care about points or winning, that's why she's excited to play with us and chooses to pull the sticks from the surface. Although the age limit is indicated for 5+ years, the game can be easily understood by 3-4 year olds as well – we demonstrated this by Adelina's skill in pulling the sticks.
The game, in addition to developing strategic thinking, hand-eye coordination and concentration, also helps improve finger dexterity (which the tablet inhibits).
This article is taken from the Planeta Mami blog where the author, Natalia Madan, shares her ideas for games that stimulate curiosity, laughter and creativity, healthy recipes for children, real parenting stories and lots of inspiration for mothers.