Emotional is the second benefit of play. Every time your kiddos play they are going to experience a wide variety of emotions! So, if they get mad because they lost, they need to learn to cope. If they are happy they won, they have to learn to be a good winner. Play will help your child learn empathy and understanding.
Social Skills are the third benefit of play. Just by playing, your child is learning how to work within a group. They are understanding how to take other's feelings into consideration, share with others, and of course take turns!
Cognitive abilities are the fourth benefit of play. When you play with your child, you are showing them how to use skills such as reading, thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and paying attention.
Creativity is the fifth benefit of play. When children play they experience the freedom to experiment and form their own ideas. They also use unique solutions to solve problems.
Communication is the final benefit of play. When you play with a child, they learn to communicate freely and without restriction. They use signals, writing, etc.
Try making a Tape Tornado with kids six and over. My kids loved this one! Balloon Ball is for ages four and over. Dancing Raisins is perfect for ages three and up!
If you want a bit more inspiration for games to play with your kiddos be sure to check out The Genius of Play site here. They have so much awesome info you are sure to love!