The Benefits to Playing Board Games
By: Suzie Dalien, M.Ed.
We were recently given approval by my school’s principal to form a club among students with and without disabilities.
I was so excited by my idea when pitching it to my principal; I didn’t think of all the activities we would need.
When it came time to create our schedule, I had a brief moment of panic…
“All these kids are coming, but what will we do!?”
And then it hit me: we can play board games!
Benefits to Playing Board Games
Not only are games engaging, but they also provide numerous opportunities to strengthen cognitive and social skills.
Cognitive Skills that Benefit from Playing Board Games
There are many obvious academic skills involved in games. Take counting, for example: roll the dice, read your number, and move that many spaces—the easy practice of numeral recognition and one-to-one correspondence!
But it goes so much deeper than that.
Board games challenge children (and adults!) to:
- Solve problems
- Use working memory
- Apply strategy
- Utilize creative thinking
- Comprehend and analyze information.
These are functional life skills that our children will need every day in the real world.
The best part: your kids are having so much fun playing, they don’t even realize they’re learning!
Social Skills that Benefit from Playing Board Games
There are numerous social skills tied to games:
- Being flexible
- Paying attention
- Following rules
- Accepting loss
- Winning graciously
And the list of social skills goes on!
These skills are critical to helping children develop:
- Positive relationships
- Resolve conflict
- Participate in group activities
- Manage emotions
- Learn self-control
Again, these are functional life skills that our children will need every day in the real world.
Plus, who doesn’t want to have some fun and make new friends? Win-win!
I have rounded up some fantastic games for you to try out in your home or classroom below. Check them out and let us know which ones are your favorite.
Games Your Kids Will Love
- 25+ Geography Board Games & Geography Card Games
- Board Games for the Classroom
- 150+ Educational Board Games
- 16 Social-Emotional Learning Games for Kids
So what do you think? Do you play board games with your kids?
Drop your favorite games in the comments below- I’m in the market to add to my collection. ☺
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