Whenever you and your family have a long day indoors, your mind may tend to move to ways of keeping you occupied. Left to their own devices, children can turn your home into a mini war zone filled with screams and sobbing. Escape room games are one way to ensure that the little tykes are not only occupied, but also engaged.
You can create your own escape room games at home with a little help from Google, or you can look up escape rooms near me. Depending on your location, you will definitely find a few that you can check out.
However, there are a few things you might need to find out before you get all excited about finding a solution.
Are your children old enough?
You must ensure that your munchkins are old enough for the games you have in mind. Children who are 12 years and older can play on their own. Younger children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Younger children will need help or at least some guidance in order to solve puzzles. The attention level of children is not like that of adults. They get bored easily and tire quickly. Therefore, the games set out for young children must factor in time. If the game takes too much time, you might find yourself playing on your own. Either that or you will be rocking to whines and demands for treats.
The games must be age-appropriate.
Escape rooms have levels. The higher you go, the more difficult the level. Children should have levels that are age-appropriate. As stated earlier, concentration in children drifts pretty fast and if a puzzle is taking too much time to solve, they will lose interest and move on to something else.
Take into account the themes of the games. You do not want to have terrified children scampering all over the place screaming in terror.
Allocate enough time for the children to solve a puzzle.
Don’t rush the children…or get impatient. Resist solving the puzzles for them. You want them tolearn and to develop confidence in their ability to get things done.
The best you can do here is to provide clues, maybe a nudge here and there, but let them do the bulk of the work.
Cheer them on.
This way, you will ensure that everybody remains energized and stays focused on the task at hand. If you are constantly stifling a yawn and checking your watch, the children will feel hurried and frustrated. You want to get to the bottom of the puzzle and escape the room as one unit.