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Board Games for Kids

Updated on September 5, 2014
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The Benefits of Board Games for Kids

Do you remember the days when families would gather around the kitchen table playing board games on a Friday night?

Adults and children alike would look forward to getting the games out of the cupboard, setting up the game pieces, sorting all the money and cards, and having quality bonding time with the family.

Although those times may seem far gone what with all the video game consoles and computers nowadays, it’s not too late rekindle the love of board games for kids in your children.

Friday game nights for all the family can come back again with some of the great games available including some of the classics. Board games for kids are beneficial in more than one way and here are just a few reasons why parents should encourage their children to play board games instead of the virtual computer or video games.

Unlike video games and computer games, board games require more than one person to play because it’s harder and a lot less fun playing against yourself. In a group of 2, 3 or more people, children as well as adults are encouraged to interact, challenge and compete with others. So let’s take a look at some of the other benefits of board games for kids and some of the games that you can play as a family.

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Board Games Help Develop Language and Strategy Skills.

The great thing about board games is that they challenge and exercise your childrens verbal and mental abilities.

Playing these games entails much more than just pushing a keyboard button to shoot zombies and communication goes beyond “Kill them!”, “Shoot them!” or “Die!”

Board games such as Scrabble and Upwords help expand your child’s vocabulary. Taboo and Guesstures helps to develop your child’s communication skills.

Monopoly is a great way to incorporate math, statistics, and economy into your child’s play. Battleship and Clue motivates your child to strategize, think and make intellectual decisions.

Tile Lock Scrabble

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Winning Moves Tile Lock Scrabble

This brilliant idea brings the classic game of Scrabble up-to-date by ensuring that your letter tiles stay on the board when you are playing.

 

Monopoly - The Classic Edition

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Winning Moves Games Monopoly Board Game The Classic Edition

The original and classic game of Monopoly is a great board game for kids and adults alike. Lots of fun and lots of learning opportunities at the same time.

 

Board Games Help Teach Life Lessons

If there’s one thing that holds true for most if not all board games, it’d have to be that there can only be one winner. Board games teach children to do their best, reach their goals, strive for the rewards, cross the finish line, and eventually win the prize.

On the other hand, it also teaches children that not everyone can be a winner and that, like life, sometimes you come in second, third or fourth place. Board games can help your kids become humble winners and gracious losers, which is something that the world can use a little bit more of.

Other games like Monopoly and Life also teach valuable life lessons like money management and making the right financial and economical decisions, choosing careers, buying houses and other big assets, etc. There are a lot of things that can be learned from a board game that you can incorporate into yours and your children’s lives.

Board Games For Kids Help Instill Self-Confidence

One of the best feelings you can get from playing a board game would be the feeling of success; knowing that you’ve defeated or beaten other opponents, that you’ve solved the puzzle, that you’ve won the game.

It’s a feeling that has so many positive repercussions such as a higher self esteem, a better outlook on circumstances and more confidence in yourself and in the decisions that you make. Board games can build on your strengths while developing and strengthening your weaknesses. Your children can become more confident, content and positive individuals by playing board games.

As you can see, board games for kids are a real source of learning opportunities. They’re beneficial, educational, they reinforce positive character traits and most of all they’re fun. It’s time to dust off those board games and dig them out from the coat closet, because game night is back!

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    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @favored thanks very much for the comment and you are absolutely right they have so many benefits for the kids don't they.

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      Fay Favored 

      4 years ago from USA

      I grew up playing board games and still love them. Besides learning skills they are terrific for social skills and building blocks for relationships.

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @DrBillSmithWriter thanks very much for the kind comment and great to hear that you and the grandkids are playing board games! Long may it continue :-)

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      William Leverne Smith 

      4 years ago from Hollister, MO

      We play board games with the grandkids (10 & 7) every time we visit. They love them, we do as well. Thanks for a neat hub! ;-)

    • pkmcruk profile imageAUTHOR

      pkmcr 

      4 years ago from Cheshire UK

      @MystiqueBrand I must admit we really enjoy playing various board games and it certainly gets people talking to one another doesn't it!

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      Mystique Brand Communications 

      4 years ago from Toronto

      Had a great game of crokinole at a friends cottage. Sure put fun and skill back into gaming.

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