Raising Smart, Successful Kids: 5 Games That Are Better Than Gadgets

Here's what you can do if you want to raise well-rounded kids.

Remember the games you used to play outside with your friends when you were little? Those games taught you valuable life lessons like grit and perseverance. Now that you have kids of your own, why not let them enjoy the same games that taught you what you know now? 

While gadgets are a great way help children learn, too much screen time can have negative effects like speech delays and screen addiction. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends a maximum of one hour a day spent on gadget use for kids ages two to five years old.

The rest of the day can be spent playing indoor or outdoor games with the rest of the family. In fact, toddlers and teens need daily quality time with loved ones rather than the usual weekend bonding.

Here are five of the best childhood games they can learn and benefit from:  

1. Hide and Seek

We all know the rules of taguan, but you can make it more interesting by taking it outside. Make sure they don't go too far—set up a parameter so they would know where they can and cannot hide. A bigger space means more running space, so they will be getting a healthy dose of exercise in the process. 

2. Patintero

You have to be smart (and fast!) if you want to win. Patintero is a great way to teach your kids teamwork and problem-solving. Don't worry about the summer heat and all the running that can make them sweat. You can keep them dry and fresh with Johnson's® Baby Powder.

It's important for your kids to be comfortable while they are running around so they can help each other navigate around their opponents better and reach the goal faster. Patintero can also help them understand the value of communication.

3. Habulan

To make the classic game of tag more memorable, get some water shooters, load them with washable paint, and let your kids run with it! The fun memories your kids get will stay with them for the rest of their lives. 

4. Dodgeball

It's a great way to improve their hand-eye coordination and help them learn to strategize fast. Step the game up a notch by setting up barriers like boxes and chairs. You can even make it toddler-friendly by using soft balls and adding pillow fortresses and soft mats. 

5. Jump Rope, Jackstone, and Board Games 

If the weather isn't cooperating, they can turn to indoor games like jackstones, chess, and checkers. For all you know, you could be in the presence of a baby genius!

After a day of playing, you can continue your bonding during bathtime! You can rely on Johnson's® to make bathtime easy and fun. Use Johnson's® Active Fresh Bath and Shampoo on your little boys to keep them smelling fresh and clean for up to 12 hours. For your little princesses, choose Johnson's® Shiny Drops Shampoo for soft, shiny hair.

You don't have to worry about amoy-araw, too! Just use Johnson's® Baby Cologne on your little one after every bath.

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This article was created by Summit Storylabs in partnership with Johnson and Johnson.