Good Board Games for Children
These days it seems as if everything is electronic, however board games are an essential learning tool for children of all ages. They stimulate the brain in a different way from the lights and sounds of video games, television and computers. They teach all sorts of things to children and are just plain fun. If you haven't pulled out a good board game to play with your kids lately, now is the time.
For the younger kids the classic games that have been around since our childhood are still great to play today. Hi Ho! Cherry-o!, Chutes and Ladders, Go Fish and Memory teach numbers, counting, adding and matching - all essential to preschool learning. Operation teaches body parts as well as fine motor skills.
For the slightly older children games like Dominos, Checkers, Chinese Checkers, and Connect Four teach strategy and thinking skills. For older elementary students games such as The Game of Life, Monopoly, Clue Jr, Scrabble Jr, Jenga, Skip Bo, Blokus and Yahtzee all teach math skills as well as strategy and thinking skills.
Board games can be specific to something like Neopets or the American Girl game or they can be more general like Dominos or Checkers. Board games help children think through problems and come up with solutions. Learning to strategize will help all children for the rest of their lives. The math skills that many of these games teach are essential to life. It forces kids to think quickly and act fast, hopefully making the right decisions.
Battleship, Risk and Axis & Allies are favorites among boys and is a great way to teach thinking skills. There are also plenty of word games out there like Scrabble, Upwards, and Scattegories to name a few that are excellent for older kids and a lot of fun. Cranium has a game for every age and all the ones I have played are a lot of fun.
If your children are hesitant to play board games, these days many games come with popular children's themes. We have a Farmopoly for instance and there seems to be a Monopoly and Memory game out there for many children's TV shows and most cities even. Many games from the 1970's and 1980's have been updated to reflect today's society so don't automatically rule them out as old fashioned. Games go on sale all the time and if you don't have any in your house now would be a great time to buy some.
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