5 Reasons to Play Board Games

May 14, 2015 Published by

We absolutely love to play board games here at Fundamentally HQ, and they can be both fun and educational experiences for all the family to enjoy! Here are 5 great reasons why children should play along too!

 

There are lots of benefits to playing board games! Here are 5 reasons for getting your favourite board game out of the cupboard and getting together for the evening for some family fun:


 

1. Children really enjoy a little competition!

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Competitive play helps make play fun, and encourages children to become engaged in the game. This builds skills such as concentration, attention and listening.

 


 

2. They can learn a bit about ‘friendly competition’ too.

 

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Children aren’t the most accepting losers, but playing board games can help them learn that losing is not the end of the world. It can also teach them not to boast when they do win. Your child will probably go through life winning and losing at things, so it’s good to let them experience this early on, in a friendly environment.


3. Playing with others helps develop social skills.

 

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Board games are a brilliant opportunity for playing with others. Spending time as a family helps bonding and as many board games can be played by a range of ages, parents and siblings can all join in and have fun together. Playing with friends their own age helps children learn how to communicate with their peers, and develop skills such as negotiation and team work. Some games can also start discussions between the group.

 


 

4. Children can learn how to think strategically and logically

 

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In order to win in some board games, children need use a strategy – for example: “if I spend all my money on Monopoly houses, will I be able to get past dad’s street full of hotels?”. Working out their next move is a good thinking exercise for children – it helps them learn how to plan ahead and think about what the other players might do next. Games such as Jenga help children think logically too, by working out whether pulling out a particular piece will knock the tower down.


5. Board games can make learning fun

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Some board games are designed to help children learn particular subjects, such as Cake Monster for counting, Pizza, Pizza! for shape matching, and Frog Party for addition. Games such as these teach children topics within the context of a game, so children enjoy themselves while learning – as well as benefitting from all the other skills too!


There are loads of board games to choose from – what are your family favourites? Let us know!

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This post was written by Anna Taylor

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