The Benefits of Board Games for Kids
DAY 16, HUB # 16
I was introduced to play board games during my primary school days by my classmates. I remembered vividly that it was Children's Day and we were allowed to bring any games to school. The first board game I had played was Snake and Ladder. It really was a great way to have fun with my classmates.
All children by naturally, love to win rather than lose. When children are involved into a board game, they are persistent to play all the way through until a winner emerges from the board game. Hence, board game helps to instill many skills for children to develop, regardless of age.
These are the benefits of board games that children learn as they play:
Benefits of Board Games
Be graceful loser- they learn how to be a good sport. It doesn't matter who lose or win as participants do not cheat and have fun together.
Take turns- taking turns is a valuable skill for children to understand. It is incorrect to jump queue which may lead others to feel unhappy for losing a turn, learn not to be greedy and cultivate ones patience.
Improve maths knowledge- children learn to add, subtraction as they manipulate game board pieces. Educational board games teach children the basic counting skills and descending skills quickly than maths homework.
Gain knowledge of basic concepts- children learn to follow the rules of the board game, play fairly and understand the nature of the game. Each board game has different set of rules and regulations in order to cultivate different skills. Snack and ladder and Ludo are mathematical games whereby children learn to count, decreasing and descending skills, accept defeats and triumph gracefully..
Grammar and vocabulary- children have the opportunities to learn correct grammar, vocabulary, sentences construction and increase the knowledge to create long word sentences. Besides that, they also learn new verbs and spellings from friends who have better memory skills which push them to perform better in the next round. Scrabble and Bingo are the best board games choices under this category.
Critical Thinking- When playing board games, kids gradually develop critical thinking which helps them to decide carefully of their actions, the consequences that will occur, methods to win against the opponent, solving abilities, using strategies to overcome opponent's weakness, responding appropriately and enhance kids' memory skills. Checkers, Chess, Monopoly and Mastermind are great board games for kids who love to use their brain thinking skills.
Social Skill- Board games encourage kids to be more sociable, allow them to use their own language to interact, communicate with freedom of speech. Some kids with bad common of English and bad manners may show up during playtime. However, older kids will be able to correct younger kids and lead them to speak good English and behave well. They learn to make friends easily, play comfortably with anyone regardless of races or religion or the color of the skin. Kids with good social skills are popular among friends and with no doubt, they are welcome to join in any board games at anytime.
Alphabets Recognition-Younger kids learn to recognize alphabets at an early age, slowly memorize the objects that starts with the correct alphabet and encourage them to speak with confidence.
What is Family Game Night?
Back then, when my mom bought a set of board games that comes with 7 different types of games, both my brother and I were ecstatic about it. We had organized Family Game Night on every weekend because our parents were busy with work and house chores on weekdays. Hence, we always looked forward to every weekend with great excitement.
Family Game Night is a family activity for us to get together, spend quality time and uninterrupted day playing board games to have fun. My parents were willing to play with us as board games give all of us a time to relax together and create lots of opportunities to talk, tease each other and lots of laughter to release our pressure. My mom and I were great losers because we are not great thinkers nor genius, unlike my dad and brother. I guess that the guys used their critical brain thinking and seriously concentrate on playing board games.
Besides that, Family Game Night taught us to be a good sport, accept being defeated amicably, try harder in the next round and control ones temper so as not to ruin everyone’s mood. Sometimes, I noticed that our parents let us win purposely because they don’t want to hurt our self esteem, giving us the excitement of being a winner at the end of each game.
Hence, playing board game is a wonderful way to have fun together with your friends, siblings, family and classmates too.
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