The Games We Play and Why
Learning Through Play
The Benefits of Educational Board Games
Sarah and I are play-therapists so we, well, we play for a living. While to people observing us it may seem like we are “just playing”, everything we do has a purpose. Educational board games can teach patience, reciprocal play, turn-taking, academic skills, social skills & sportsmanship.
Educational Board games teach patience, reciprocal play, turn-taking, social skills & sportsmanship while fostering family relationships
Educational board games are often part of our sessions. There are many reasons why we choose to play board games: the kids enjoy them and you can sneak so many skills in while playing the games. Educational games can teach anything from math and reading skills to social skills and emotional intelligence. There are many wonderful games that foster learning and skill building.
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Tips for getting the most out of playing board games with the kids:
- Get on the child’s level. If you are on the floor then you may want to lay down to make eye contact. Orientate your bodies to face each other.
- Be expressive. Model the appropriate reactions for the gameplay.
- Chit chat, talk while you play. That builds language skills.
- Change the rules, be silly, have fun!
Educational Board Games for Ages 3-6
- Players work together to help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up; if they are successful everyone wins!
- Children learn simple strategy and social development skills with no reading required
- The objective is to be the first player to use up all your cards making a continuous network of paths.
- Children have to think ahead to use up all their cards.
- A clever family board game where planning, good visual alertness, and light strategy will lead to winning.
- Players work together to cut all the bugs free before Willy the Spider falls from the wiggly web
- Children learn motor skills, hand-eye coordination, counting and social development skills with no reading required
- Two players or teams race to correctly guess the secret sweet treat that the other player or team has chosen.
- The age range for this game is 5-10 years
- This game focuses on recall, memorization, logical deductive reasoning, pattern recognition, and being able to follow multi-step directions.
Educational Board Games Ages 7-11
- Involves potions and magic, which the kids love.
- It is a cooperative game, which we love.
- The players need to work together to collect the ingredients needed to make a potion to stop the evil wizard.
- This is a good game for children of different ages.