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Children benefit from playing board games in surprising ways

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Children benefit from playing board games in surprising ways

1. Children can learn through board games.

Children can learn colours, count spaces, and develop their hand-eye coordination and dexterity by playing simple games. Furthermore, waiting your turn and following the rules are valuable lessons that extend well beyond the living room. 

2. Kids of all ages enjoy them.

Children and teens can benefit from playing Sällskapsspel to encourage healthy brain development. A clinical psychologist, author, and owner of Harborside Wellbeing, Dr. Beatrice Tauber Prior, says that strategy games help the frontal lobes develop. In addition to planning, organising, and making good decisions, those frontal lobes are responsible for executive functions.

3. Language skills are improved.

Students can use board games to work on skills that they’re struggling with, even if they aren’t aware they’re doing it. Does your child struggle with reading? BOB Books Happy Hats Beginning Reading Game will improve their vocabulary and spelling skills as they expand their vocabularies.

Children who have difficulties with reading comprehension may benefit from a game that requires them to remember several pieces of information at once (who did what, and where).

4. Their focus is sharpened.

Board games, when played uninterrupted, can lengthen children’s attention spans, says Prior. Everyone needs to be committed to seeing the game through to the end in order to reap the benefits.

As your family sits down to play Chinese checkers, Prior says to make sure no one turns on the television or gets distracted by their phones, Alexa, or the latest football scores. In an age filled with digital distractions, completing a board game will help extend the kids’ attention span.

5. Teamwork is emphasised.

There are often meta-messages in board games for kids: Your luck can change for better or for worse in an instant. But in addition to teaching children that nothing can be guaranteed, board games encourage them to work together and work together – an important life skill. Choose a game like Race Across the USA or The Brainiac Game, which has questions tailored to grades 1-6, so all kids are challenged equally.

6. Time out can be substituted with board games.

Play a board game with your child next time you find yourself having a difficult time with them, rather than sending them to their rooms. As a licensed clinical psychologist at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Regine Galanti, Phd Says she uses board games to improve parent-child relationships. In addition, they help children improve their frustration tolerance.”

In other words, practising patience and taking turns during a game can teach little ones more respect than stomping off and slamming the door shut.

7. Board games are relaxing.

Kids who are anxious about forming friendships may benefit from these activities. Since board games are structured, they can be a good way to build interpersonal relationships because kids know what’s expected of them,” says Galanti. Galanti recommends games like guessing games to kids who struggle to make conversations with others. 

8. They teach kids how to lose well.

Galanti says allowing a child to break the rules at first can make the game more tolerable and enjoyable for them if they have a low frustration tolerance and losing is hard for them. However, I often purposefully play by the rules, encouraging them to use coping skills and promoting resilience when things don’t go their way.”

If, for example, you picked a card you didn’t like, you might say: “I’m so proud of you for staying calm! I hope next time is better!”

9. You can unplug by playing board games.

Playing board games does not require any technology. You may be surprised at how much kids enjoy playing with them – and you can get quality time away from the screen while doing so. During the holidays this year, keep your kids entertained with these screen-free activities. 

Despite the challenges of finding a balance between digital and real-life connections, Prior views board games as a way to foster an emotional connection between families. You can celebrate the weekend by ordering pizza together!

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