Way to spend some quality time together
What children need most is to be with their parents with no other goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. They want their parents to play with them and listen to them. It could work miracles for their self-esteem. So why not play a board game?
Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend some quality time together.
As an added bonus, board games offer a lot of learning opportunities to develop such skills as number and shape recognition, counting,dexterity or coordination. Find out more about the benefits of playing board games.
Educational games aren’t always overtly academic. Just by playing them, kids can learn crucial social skills, such as sharing, communicating verbally, waiting patiently or taking turns. Board games enable children to focus for loger periods of time and encourage them to complete an enjoyable game.
The list of benefits of playing board games appears to be endless.
Kids learn about life
Even such basic games as Chutes and Ladders show kids meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change anytime – for the better or for the worse.
The underlying message in board games is: Never give up because the moment you feel down, you might hit the jackpot and go up high, if you continue playing. Another every day life skill they learn is that just as in games we all have rules to follow.
Children learn how to win and lose
Kids seem to take game playing seriously, so it’s really important that we guide them through the contest. When a piece falls to a lower level, kids really feel sad; when it rises, they become proud and happy, even if parents know that it happened only by chance.
So playing board games provides a perfect opportunity to teach children how to deal with losing and how to manage frustration.
Children improve their cognitive skills
Some of the cognitive skills used during a board game include such crucial ones as understanding rules, logical thinking, problem solving, or creating a strategy even if a particular game is not a very complex one.
Therefore, playing board games offers fun and education.
New information and fun facts
Older kids often pick up nuggets of information about the world around them, for example about wildlife, the solar system or the history of their country by playing board games.They tend to remember fun facts better having fun.
Additionally, most board games include simple math concepts: addition, subtraction, counting, or number recognition so even the youngest players have a chance to work on their basic math skills in an exciting way.
Board games keep children off of electronics
It’s hard for parents to decide how much time children should spend with their screens. However, quality time with kids and playing board games together offer a perfect antidote to the electronic addiction our kids are facing.