There are many different types of games for kids, such as free play, electronic games, online games, board games, card games and sports games. Kids enjoy playing games for fun and to connect with new friends, old friends and family members.
Free play, board games and card games are particularly important for childhood development when it comes to executive function. Studies have found that children who do not have a strong skill set in regards to executive function have difficulty with their attention span and memory, according to The Atlantic magazine. Children who play more board games, card games and engage in more free play time have higher levels of executive function.
Sports games and activities are another popular type of childhood game because they promote teamwork and offer kids a chance to connect with other kids within their age group. There are 21.5 million children in the United States between the ages of 6 and 17 who play team sports, notes ESPN. These team sports include football, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, track, tennis, lacrosse, wrestling and cross-country.
Yet another type of game for children is the electronic game. These games are played on consoles or can be played online. In many cases, the online games are free, such as those offered at the PBS Kids website. Sometimes these games are educational and sometimes they are created for the sole purpose of kids having fun.