We live in a world controlled by the signal on our phone and if WIFI is available. I know it sounds crazy but the truth is what happens when we can’t get a signal on our phone? Or what happens when the internet goes down? Is there sheer panic in the house? Do your kids begin to complain there is nothing to do? Do you panic trying to figure out how to entertain not only your children but yourself without the internet.
When Belinda was younger, we played board games. I may have dreaded the never ending Junior Monopoly. Then there was Hungry Hungry Hippos. Rummekube was a hit too. We also played card games like Skippo and Uno. The truth is it was fun.
Board games (and card games) are great at any age and provide a lot of fun and laughter, but there are also many other benefits that you may not realize.
#1 – Teaches problem-solving
Board games provide a lot of opportunities to practice problem-solving. Kids are always thinking about their next move and how they can keep you from winning the game.
#2 Encourages teamwork
There are a few games where you have to work together. Hi Ho Cherry O is one of the first ones with a team aspect to the game. Even when the games which don’t call for teams you can pair an older child with a younger to “help” during a game which may be too advanced.
#3 Teaches children to follow directions
Learning to follow directions is a biggie when it comes to board games. Kids need to learn to take the time to understand and follow the rules so there isn’t complete chaos. This also provides some teaching moments when a rule doesn’t work in your favor but you need to follow it anyway.
#4 Sneaks in some learning
Board games are a great way to sneak some learning into your day without your kids complaining. Even the preschool games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders have some basic skills. Learning to count your moves, match up colors and shapes and even practicing math facts can all be accomplished with games. Did you know that on Chutes and Ladders good choices are often rewarded with a ladder while the naughty children are the ones going down the chutes.
Some favorite family game recommendations:
Chutes and Ladders
Does your family do game night? What are some of your favorites?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!