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My boys love to play board games.
Often you will find us spread out on the floor with one in the afternoon once our lessons and chores are finished. I remember playing many board games growing up (including a Monopoly game that went on for almost a year). I really love that my boys love playing games and it’s a great way to spend time together as a family.
We used to have family game nights (and I hope to get back to that soon). It was really fun to pull out 3-4 games and play for an hour or two before bedtime. Board games are great at any age and provide a lot of fun and laughter, but there are also many other benefits that you may not realize.
Hidden Benefits of Board Games
My little guy is a strategizing genius when we play games. He is constantly thinking about his next move and trying to figure out how he can keep you from winning the game. Board games provide a lot of opportunities to practice problem-solving.
I try to talk my boys through their different options during the game. “You could go here but then what would happen?” Things like that. I don’t talk their ears off and ruin the game but I do try and encourage them with tips and hints as we go along. Usually after 2 or 3 times playing a game they have mastered it and beat me every single time.
There are a few games that we have where we have to work together. Hi Ho Cherry O is one of the first ones that has a team aspect to the game. Even when the games don’t call for teams you can pair an older child with a younger to “help” during a game that may be too advanced.
Teaches children to follow directions
Learning to follow directions is a biggie when it comes to board games. I explain to my boys we need to take the time to understand and follow the rules so there isn’t complete chaos. This also provides some teaching moments when a rule doesn’t work in your favor but you need to follow it anyway.
Sneaks in some learning
Board games are a great way to sneak some learning into your day without your kids complaining. Even the preschool games like Candyland and Chutes and Ladders have some basic skills. Learning to count your moves, match up colors and shapes and even practicing math facts can all be accomplished with games.
Chutes and Ladders is one of my favorites for early character training. If you look closely at the board, good choices are often rewarded with a ladder. The naughty children are the ones going down the chutes.
Some favorite family game recommendations:
Does your family do game night? What are some of your favorites?