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Why Should You Play Board Games with Your Kids?

Learn what games you should play and why.

By
Cheryl Butler
October 3, 2009
Episode #133

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Why Should You Play Board Games with Your Kids?

When I was young my favorite game to play was Chess. Mostly I played against my older brother. He dominated that game, but that never seemed to shake me. I always knew I could out-word him in Scrabble. We were very lucky to have each other because playing board games was one of our favorite pastimes. I look forward to teaching my children how to play these games and I’m hopeful that they will want to play too.

Who am I kidding? My kids already love playing board games of all kinds! This is a wonderful thing because board games can bring people closer together, help children learn, and of course, they are fun!

Why Should You Play Board Games with Your Kids?

Board games are great for teaching kids of all ages many different types of things. I mentioned Scrabble earlier which happens to be my favorite game of all time. Scrabble, Boggle, and other word games are great for challenging the minds of kids and adults. Spelling words and using strategy are both factors when playing these types of games and can help strengthen brain skills in those areas. For younger children, games such as Candyland and Chutes and Ladders are still classics and great for learning colors and directional skills. Another game we have is Hi Ho Cherry-O and it’s great for counting. We recently found Hungry Hungry Hippos on sale. That is another great counting game, but it sure is noisy! Now, I’m not advertising these games, I’m simply using them as examples of what is out there. I could list hundreds of games and tell you what types of skills can be learned from them, but I’m sure you get the idea. The most important things I feel my children are learning from playing these games are taking turns, patience, and teamwork.

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