Did you know that board games, amongst many other things, can improve the cognitive ability of your young ones? That's right, without even knowing it, while they play, laugh and have fun together, by playing board games, your kids can improve their skills at rapid speeds, much better than they would through watching TV or using an iPad.
Simply put, board games make them think and strategise in ways that they never have before so they can come out victorious. But more than this, some of the other fantastic benefits include:
Before a board game even starts, everyone playing needs to have a clear and detailed understanding of the rules. If they don't, the game is likely to become jagged as things continually start and stop. When playing with a younger crowd, this will force them to put their recall to the test to remember what moves they can make.
While some games, like chess and checkers, will test this skill more than others, all games inevitably have some form of rule and will challenge them to think long and hard.
As our little ones begin to grow and become more aware of the world around them, they are also more likely to grow susceptible to stress. Whether it's problems with friends at school or uncertainty about the future, this stress can negatively impact their health and immunity, especially if it continues to grow.
Participating in board games or card games, particularly with the family, can help distract their minds from these stressors, so they can feel more relaxed and ready to take on the world.
Improve Critical Thinking
No matter how young or old we are, everyone wants to win. It can fill your mind with satisfaction and the feeling of accomplishment. For many kids, it can even help them feel unstoppable as they encounter new challenges.
Board games stimulate this desire to win in little ones and, as a result, will have them thinking deeply about what they can do to claim the victory. This will draw heavily on their logical reasoning skills, meaning that they are simultaneously improving their ability to make decisions, even hard ones.
Speeds Up Their Responses
I'm sure we can all remember a time when choosing a flavour of ice cream at the shop was one of the hardest things in the world. Born pure, kids typically struggle to make decisions as they often try to play off each option to find the best outcome for themselves.
Playing board games that require quick thinking and quick action can help them be more decisive and certain of their future decisions. More important than their choices at the tuck shop, this can also make them more responsive during class time and exams.
At Play Timeout, I am all about showing why you should never give up on the activities you loved as a child. As well as having monumental benefits during the growth of the brain, when playing games or completing puzzles, you will almost always notice improvements to all aspects of your health.
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