Many of you grew up playing board and card games with the local kids or siblings. Board games are still quite popular contrary to what seems to be a tech-driven world. My family has always made sure we take the time to play board games. It is the one time you know everyone will gather around enjoying one another and talking about their week. Board games are the type of game where families or children of all ages can sit down to enjoy some quality time while learning a few skills. It’s amazing what skills your kids can learn when you start having a family board game night, here are some of the benefits of board games for kids.
Kids Learn Patience
Through the natural gameplay of board games, your kids will learn patience. Patience is a much-needed skill for all ages and when you can teach this through fun, it will come naturally to your kids. Having to wait your turn or pause to hear what the other family member is saying during their turn allows your child to sit quietly and calmly while they watch what their family member will do on their turn.
Kids Get Education
Not all board games are educational; however, most have some level of math or thinking skills required. Even with games such as chess or chutes and ladders one must read a card or think strategically about how they will win. Board games bring about education without a parent taking the time to create other ways to get their kids to learn how to read, add or subtract numbers or learn about history. There are so many board games that can be fun and educational!
Looking at the Bigger Picture
Some board games that require a strategic plan will allow your kids to start looking at the bigger picture. As you continue to have a family board game night you will notice how your kids start to develop and master the skill of looking at the bigger picture. Using board games to teach your kids to look at the bigger picture will better help them to realize consequences for actions in real-life scenarios. In time you will have a little strategic kid on your hands that will use their newfound skill in other areas of life.
Developing Teamwork Skills
Teamwork is a skill that will be utilized throughout the remainder of your kids’ lives. It’s best to teach them teamwork from a young age and board games allow your kids to learn this skill without much effort. When your kids are playing board games that involve working with a team or partner, they will learn to listen to others and work together towards a solution – winning the game!
Now that you have read the benefits of board games for kids, take some time to plan out a family board game night. Carve out time once per week to sit with your kids and play a few games together. There’s nothing more fun than watching your kids learn skills necessary in life while having a great time!