Board games have unexpected benefits! Here is a list.
Text by Nadine Descheneaux
Playing a board game provides moments of pleasure, but it is also an activity that has many benefits for the participants. Through it, children learn to interact with others and develop different skills.
In short, board games help:
Develop a sense of observation.
Several board games require children to be attentive and to observe what happens during the game.
Sharpen your logic and your memory.
Planning a strategy, anticipating that of others and planning your moves are assets that will be useful to children in other situations. Young people will also strengthen their memory by reproducing certain strategies seen previously or to remember useful clues (just think of the classic memory games).
Exercise fine motor skills.
Manipulating pawns, dice, cards and all the accessories allows you to refine fine motor skills of young children while having fun. It's awesome!
Learn to take your turn.
Developing patience is always good. As there are various rules to follow in board games, these are a good way to prepare younger children for what is to come at school and social life.
Explore your creativity.
Some games require players to think outside the box and use their imaginations to find new solutions. It is excellent for the development of their creativity.
Enrich their vocabulary and general knowledge.
Several board games allow the youngest to discover new words or broaden their knowledge on a host of subjects. Integrate it into your game cabinet.
Learn to lose and to win.
The behaviors surrounding winning and losing are new to children. They must be taught how to react well, whether they win or lose the game. Always bet on pleasure and not just the result.
Strengthen family ties.
The more time you spend with your family, the better your bond will be. When you all play together, you let go of the worries of the day and live in the moment. Everyone wins! Often the stress evaporates and everyone is more relaxed than usual.
Discover your children differently.
You may discover new sides of your children's personalities as you play together.
Create rituals that endure.
Games change and evolve with the age and interests of children. However, they will probably want to continue this ritual by continuing to play with you, even in adolescence or adulthood.
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