In a world where we finally have virtual reality headsets, video calling, and we can watch movies on demand with a click of our remote, board games might seem a trifle quaint. Many of us think of them as those things we did before TVs, back when all we had was radio, and everyone rode dinosaurs to school. But if you’re a parent, and you’re looking for a way to interact with your kids, there are plenty of reasons to turn off your electronics, and pull out something a little more old-fashioned. The following reasons are brought to you by Very Well and Think Fun.
5 Great Reasons to Play Board Games With Your Kids
Reason #1: Bonding
It’s no secret that the more stuff you do with your kids, the closer you become. It’s the reason so many parents keep reading their children bedtime stories long after they’re able to read the books themselves, for example. Board games are a lot like that. They give you an activity to do together, and it helps you make good memories with your kids. As long as everyone is having fun, a family game night will be something your kids look forward to.
Reason #2: Education
Gamification has become a huge part of the classroom and the workplace because people of all ages love playing games. More importantly, though, games promote learning. From the simple mechanics of counting the spaces you rolled on the die when you move your pawn, to learning grammar and spelling for reading off cards, there are all kinds of lessons to be learned from board games. Even if those games aren’t expressly designed as teaching tools. They get the brain moving, and that can have all kinds of benefits for many years to come.
Reason #3: Replay Value
Another great benefit of playing board games with your kids is that board games are a one-time cost that you can play over and over again. You can even play them by candlelight, in the event the power goes out and you need a way to wile away the evening. Repetition can also be comforting, which will give you and your kids an activity they associate with positive times past. So every time you play, and you have a positive experience, that just sets up an expectation for the next game night.
Reason #4: Teaching Forward Planning
Board games are more than just action and reaction; a lot of them require players to be able to look ahead in order to seize victory. While it can be frustrating for kids who aren’t used to that kind of mental exercise, the lessons these games teach can be invaluable. Especially as they start navigating the world, and realizing that everything requires a long-term plan in order to achieve the results they want.
Reason #5: Understanding Rules
Kids, traditionally, don’t get along well with rules. Board games (and games in general, really) help ease them into the idea that rules exist for a reason, and if you want to come out ahead then you need to follow them. With that said, though, it is important to make sure you scale the game you’re playing to the level of the kids you’re playing with. Because older kids can always play simpler games, but younger children who may not be ready for more complex games may have a negative experience trying to punch outside their weight class. This can have the opposite effect you’re hoping for. On the other hand, though, if your kids want to give a game a try, don’t hold them back. See whether they have what it takes to roll the dice.
Board games are something you can start your kids on while they’re young, and enjoy with them for the rest of their lives! Even if your kids are toddlers, games like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and other, simple board games will be enough to get them started having fun today.