Why Board Games Can Also Be Educational!

Posted on: March 27th, 2013 by Chris No Comments

boardgamesAhhh the art of the board game. It’s history goes back many, many years. But with the creation of video games, have we lost track of the traditional board game?

I have to say in our house, board games are alive and well! Growing up my family always played board games. We loved Monopoly, Sorry, Life, Boogle and Uno. Our games got really competitive but it was always fun. Now my kids ages 5 & 3 love to play board games. We play Chutes and Ladders, Sorry and Uno. It’s always fun and they really enjoy being competitive with us.

Just recently the National Association for the Education of Young Children said that playing board games is actually a great way for pre-schoolers to learn. Specifically learn how to follow rules, focus, take turns, problem solving and creative thinking! And the most important thing board games do for children is bring families together. How can you beat spending time together as a family and learning at the same time.

So what are some games to choose from:
Uno – This card game helps kids focus on the game (really pay attention) and learn to be strategic.
Operation – It helps kids learn parts of the body and the skill of being patient.
Monopoly – Teaches kids about buying and selling and the value of a dollar (or $500)
Scrabble – This game is great for older kids expanding their vocabulary
Chess & Checkers – I love these games for the strategy component. It’s good to be able to truly think about your next move.

So next time your kids ask you what you want to do tonight, tell them you want to start a family game night!

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