Educational board games are a worthwhile investment, both in time and money. Children today are technological wizards and it can be difficult to pull them away from their electronic gadgets. However, it is important to develop family connections and learn life skills, which can not be done when a child sits alone with a remote control. In this article we give you five reasons to add educational board games to your family time.
Number One: Educational Board Games Get Your Children Away From The Computer And Television
How many times have you found yourself saying to your kids, “It’s time to get off the computer,” or “No more TV for today.” Wouldn’t you like to give them a fun and educational alternative? Board games are a fantastic way to engage their minds and get them out of that electronic coma. Human beings are communal and need social interaction. Educational board games can bring families together and teach your children many important skills. We know that letting our children spend hours watching TV or playing computer games is the easy solution. It may take more time and effort to play a game with your kids but the rewards are priceless. We have had many occasions where our children have said, “I don’t want to go to bed. Can we play one more time?” These were the same children who said, “I don’t want to play a game tonight. Can’t we just play the Wii?”
Number Two: Develop Family Connections
Educational board games give your family a time to be together. The unexpected surprises in game play bring about much laughter and bonding. Although these experiences may easily be forgotten by parents, they leave lasting impressions in our children. Many times our children have said, “Remember when such and such happened? Wasn’t that funny?!”
Number Three: Educational Board Games Are A Fun Way To Learn Life Skills
Lessons learned when playing board games can transfer to important life skills. It is easier to teach a child how to share pieces on a board game than the trucks in a sandbox. Kids also learn patience as they need to wait for their turn. In addition, games usually have one winner. Winning the game builds self esteem. Losing the game gives children the opportunity to learn and adapt for the next game play. It is important to teach them that even though they may have lost this time, there will be a next time and they can apply what they have learned. This will give them a better chance to win. As children get older, they begin to learn how to focus and strategize. For example, when playing Chess you need to make every move count. This is an equally important lesson in life.
Number Four: Your Kids Are Learning Without Even Knowing
When you are so immersed in the enjoyment of playing, you don’t realize all of the skills that you are learning. This is what is so great about educational board games. You learn the rules, learn the game play, you start playing the game, and then you adapt. All along your mind is active and you are thinking and learning as you try to out do your opponent. You get so caught up in the fun, you pick up the skills with ease.
Number Five: Educational Board Games Are Fun For Kids And Parents
Ultimately, why do we play games? To have fun. Educational board games are fun to play with others. Your children learn by watching you. Don’t get too competitive. Instead, work with cooperation and enthusiasm. Make it fun. Your children will have more fun and will learn the joy of playing games as a family.
Relax and enjoy the time you have with your family. Pull out a board game and create some memories.
Anamarie Seidel is an Author, Professional Mother to four children, and Consultant. Her passion includes helping parents, camping, playing with my kids, protecting the environment, fine wine with cheese sticks, and enjoying the arts.