Some fun games for 7-year-olds to play include Twister, charades, Articulate for kids, Boggle, Junior Scrabble, and Bananagrams. There are also a large number of age appropriate video games available, such as Silverlicious and Pinkylicious on the Nintendo DS and Big League Sports on the Kinect.
Games that are designed for younger children should be both fun and educational. For instance, although Twister simply seems like a game that only requires flexibility, it can also be used to help younger children practice learning colors and following simple directions.
A game of charades can act as a social development tool that teaches children to play fairly with others. An article on Parade Magazine's website states that allowing children to play charades increases their resilience, helps build self-confidence, promotes problem-solving and decision-making skills and encourages academic development. Parade Magazine's website also states that word games, trivia games and creative games like Pictionary also provide many of these benefits.
Strategy games like checkers or chess can promote skills that children need in the classroom. These games can be used as teaching tools, especially in the case of games like Articulate, Junior Scrabble, Boggle, and Bananagrams, which allow parents to teach their children information about the words or phrases they are using as they play.