Board games are fun for children of every age. An added benefit is their educational value, although your children will probably never realise they are learning as they play. The following information will help you choose the best board games to subtly educate your children.
Games for Young Children
Memory is an excellent game for small children. As the name implies, the key is remembering the location of tiles with colorful pictures. Each child takes turns flipping the tiles attempting to remember the location and successfully match like tiles. You will be surprised how quickly your children will reach a point where they can beat you!
Dominoes is not a difficult game for any child as they do not need to know numbers to match the dots on the tiles. As they continue to play, they begin to use reasoning skills and develop strategies for winning.
Games for Pre-Teens and Teens
Your older children will enjoy games that require deductive reasoning and the use of strategy. Cluedo is always a favourite that requires deducing the perpetrator of the crime from clues. Risk, Stratego, and Axis and Allies are also excellent strategy games that require the ability to plan ahead. And when it comes to planning, the game of Life provides older teenagers with some real life scenarios they may end up facing if they choose not to follow a life plan.
Games for All Ages
Parents and older children will enjoy games manageable by children any age over eight, making it possible for the entire family to play together. Start with “junior” versions of Scrabble and Yahtzee and move to the regular versions when your younger children are ready. Uno works well as soon as your children know their colors and numbers. However, younger children may get frustrated initially as this game requires strategy and problem solving skills they may not have developed yet.
Additional Educational Benefits of Board Games
Some of the educational facets of games are a bit more subtle, but equally important. Your children will lose sometimes and learning how to be a good loser is a crucial life skill. Additionally, children acquire social skills – waiting your turn, playing by the rules, finishing a task (the game), and being a graceful loser or gracious winner.
Board games allow family to spend quality time together and have fun. They are also excellent for developing your child’s cognitive intelligence. Children learn best when actively engaged and board games involve your children in learning without boredom. Truly, board games are a way to subtly educate your children.