How Can Board Games Benefit Kids?
Parents who are tired of wrestling tablets and smartphones from their kids so they can spend a little time together are turning to a different type of entertainment. Games they grew up with in the company of their siblings and parents that took up hours at a time and fostered healthy competition between family members. They are called board games, and they have the unique ability to be different, every time they are played. In this post, we highlight just a few benefits children can derive from playing board games regularly.
How Much Time do Parents Spend with Kids?
Research shows that today’s parents are spending more time with their kids than their own moms and dads did 50 years ago. Going against economic theory, even parents earning higher wagers are choosing to be with their kids, helping them out with everything from homework, right through to preparing meals and snacks or providing medical care.
Where does the fun quotient come in, though? Whatever happened to enjoying each other’s company, competing against and piquing each other, and forming family teams with a view to slaughtering the opponent?
Research shows that in UK, many children spend over four hours playing on screens; considering the few free hours we have together a day, aren’t board games an excellent way to enjoy this time together?
Learning Important Life Skills
School is great for teaching children core subjects, but there are many important skills they aren’t learning in the classroom as part of the official curriculum. These skills include negotiation, influencing others, strategy, and patience.
Some games, like Corrupted Kingdom, for instance, take an ironic look at politics and corruption. They are great for older kids to understand how laws are passed (even though the game takes a humorous jab at politicians who back proposals for the wrong reasons).
The game also delves into skills such as teamwork (players can help each other gain ground over others in the game), strategy (letting an opponent win this round with a view to pulverizing them later), and the like.