“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” Abraham Maslow
Children love games. When we play with children we give what they want most: our full attention. From Clue to the dreidel game to Minecraft, on Zoom or at the kitchen table, games are more than a way of engaging. They teach children a range of skills, including focus, patience, problem-solving, teamwork, healthy competition, and the ability to accept loss with maturity and perspective.
Games also sharpen our own aging brains and promise fun for all. Like games, arts and crafts projects are a way to bond, nurture creativity, and explore Jewish stories and symbols. These activities serve children well on their paths to adulthood and as citizens of the world.