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The Benefits of Board Games for Kids

Updated on October 3, 2012

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:

A boy using his critical thinking when playing chess
A boy using his critical thinking when playing chess | Source

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List of board games
List of board games | Source
Scrabble- enhance vocabulary and spellings
Scrabble- enhance vocabulary and spellings
Chess is a good way to cultivate critical thinking skills
Chess is a good way to cultivate critical thinking skills

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.

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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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    • Doniell Cushman profile image

      Doniell Cushman 

      3 months ago from Spokane

      We love games too. It's a great tool to teach, learn, communicate, and be entertained.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I wonder now with the Internet how many people still play board games. I agree with you that it is a great time for family interaction and the learning of advantageous skills. I have many happy memories of playing board games with my parents and brothers and other relatives when I was growing up. It would still be a good way to spend some precious family time. Happy to share.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Thanks @DREAM ON, appreciated your kind words, I am taking out my teens old boardgame to play again

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      DREAM ON 

      4 years ago

      I grew up playing lots of board games. What a wonderful way to learn. I loved your hub so much. I want to dust off the old board games tucked into the closet. Way in back out of sight. Have a great day. Thanks for bringing back so many incredible memories.

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      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      try snake and ladder, both can play together, my son and teen daughter plays snake n ladder without a big fuss

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      Dan Harmon 

      4 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      We play with our kids and grandkids on a regular basis. It can be hard, though, to find games that a 12 year old AND a 5 year old will both enjoy.

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      4 years ago

      I can see the benefits of playing board games for all ages. Especially for kids. Patience is a good thing. Not being a sore loser is also a good lesson.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      that is cool. My kids don't play board games anymore, but i do try to get my grade 1 son to join in

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I have always enjoyed playing board games and fortunately our son and our grandson did too. In fact, our grandson who is a teenager now still likes to play a game of Clue or Monopoly with his grandmother. Enjoyed my visit here.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Yes, do let him win to boost his confidence. Let's say he had lost twice, let him win the 3rd round and praise him. Of course, don't let him see that you purposely did it.

    • peachpurple profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Wow yr little girl is clever! A UNO queen at such tender age. You did a good job. Encourage kid to play board games rather than PS2 or 3

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      6 years ago from Woodstock, Ontario

      Can't get enough of boardgames. Chess actually (when played daily) increase concentration by 70 % for some kids. We play Yatzee for quick Math fact and it is a fun way to do initial multiplication. My three year old girl is the Uno queen in the house and Risk gives great sense of where the continents are. There is lots of great games to choose from! It is great bonding time too! The best game is Investment a New Zealand game teaching kids how to invest and buy property, reading the market and study.

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      6 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      My toddler is playing snake and ladder with me everyday. His maths are getting better and could finish his homework without much fuss. I do agree that board games really benefit children in a great deal.

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      6 years ago from Lowell, MA

      I am taking a class on playing and the positive effects it can have on children. I think your hub hit the target on just a few of the many reasons why children should be allowed as much playing time as they are doing their school work. It is such an important aspect of their young lives.

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      7 years ago from Home Sweet Home


      Yeah, I absolutely agree with your point of view. Kids should play less computer games and PS2. They are just playing against the electronic stuff, not human.

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      Ruth R. Martin 

      7 years ago from Everywhere Online ~ Fingerlakes ~ Upstate New York

      A great hub on an even greater topic - I agree that the things children can learn from playing board games are extensive and hugely beneficial. We recently got a Sorry game and have started playing it every Sunday with our 4 & 5 yr. olds. The biggest challenges have been teaching them to accept losing gracefully :) and to pay attention for the whole game. I think parents would do well to play more games WITH their children, and buy them/let them play less video/computer games.


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