Updated: Jul 26
Board Games go beyond entertainment. They are an essential component in children's play, and the fact that it is more structured than free play provides added benefits to children's skill development, especially social skills building.
Free play is a great way for children to be on their own and exercise their imagination, roam outside, collect items, and explore. Structured play is basically one that has a clear beginning and end. It's a type of play during which children learn to solve problems and improve their social skills.
Playing board games fosters reciprocal play, back-and-forth conversations, social initiation, and responding. They teach valuable lessons in following instructions, taking turns, and practicing good sportsmanship. 🤝💪 Moreover, they encourage flexible thinking and adaptability. 🧠💡
There are many types of board games, but I would like to comment on cooperative games vs competitive ones. Although some children prefer cooperative games over competitive ones, both types offer valuable benefits. I would say that playing board games has a ton of benefits such as sharpening a child’s focus, boosting their language skills, giving the children time away from screens, and putting into practice their social skills.
Cooperative board games are ones where players need to focus on working together to accomplish a goal instead of focusing on competing against each other. I recommend using cooperative games with children who often avoid playing board games since they are too worried about winning or losing, instead of having fun. They can also be played with siblings and peers who experience rivalry and have a hard time playing together. Cooperative games help children learn how to collaborate and compromise with others, recognize, and respond to others' feelings, share, show affection, resolve conflicts, and adhere to the rules. Competitive board games are great to practice good sportsmanship. It teaches patience, and how to win and lose gracefully. Many competitive board games are also essentially strategic based, which encourages healthy brain development in older kids and teens.