Unlock Children’s Potential: 7 Surprising Advantages of Board Games

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Have you ever thought about all the advantages of board games? Or about the benefit it may hold for children?

A basic game board, dice, a deck of cards, and some tokens may significantly impact a child’s development. What’s more shocking is that game boards intended for fun also aid kids’ social and intellectual growth. Some gaming boards can be used as teaching aids to impart particular abilities. However, this is only sometimes the case. No! 

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In this post, we’ll examine seven advantages of playing board games and how this pastime may support a contented and healthy existence. Your board games shouldn’t be hidden away, waiting to be dusted off and played after a protracted power outage. 

7 advantages of board games

1. Cuts down on screen time

While it is true that some television programs and applications may be helpful to children in terms of learning and productivity, experts from a variety of fields strongly advise parents to restrict their child’s screen usage.

Children use electronic devices for an average of seven hours each day, five hours more than the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends. This may bring about:

  • Not enough sleep
  • Failing test results
  • Obesity
  • Depression and anxiety
  • A decreased probability that the youngster will participate in educational pursuits in the future.

On the other hand, studies have shown that limiting and monitoring children’s screen usage positively affects their social, academic, mental, and physical health. In addition, there are more possibilities for your family to interact and communicate face-to-face when you restrict the time your child spends using technological devices.

Children can acquire all the essential abilities under the literacy category by playing board games.
Children can acquire all the essential abilities under the literacy category by playing board games. (Image: Sirichai Kungsakawin via Dreamstime)

2. Introduces the perspective of others

Children become more aware of others and how they play due to predicting other players’ actions and learning to recognize their poker faces. As a result, they make judgments regarding their games in light of what everyone else is doing. This increases awareness and general comprehension of other people’s perspectives.

3. Aids essential abilities

Children can acquire all the essential abilities under the literacy category by playing board games. They have to read the directions and the information on the game cards, and they want to accomplish this without asking their parents for help and giving away information about their hands.

They also frequently need to talk correctly, describe something without using key terms, and listen to information other players offer.

Scrabble, Boggle, and more recent games like Letter Jam and Frenetic are just a few of the games that encourage young children to take notes, record information, and make words out of random letters.

4. Learn different languages

Playing board games is a good way for young school-age children to practice skills they struggle with. For example, do you doubt the value of reading? Playing the Bob Books Happy Hats Beginning Reading Game might help them improve their vocabulary and spelling.

Games that require players to recall several things at once (who did what and where) while having fun may benefit a young child who has trouble understanding what they are reading.

Board games can make it simpler for children to develop peer connections since they are regulated and let them know what is expected of them.
Board games can make it simpler for children to develop peer connections since they are regulated and let them know what is expected of them. (Image: Philmarcelino via Dreamstime)

5. Enhances cognitive performance

A few board games demand a lot of concentration and expertise. But whether you have to learn anything, follow a pattern, or perform fast calculations in your brain while playing, you are improving your mental agility without even realizing it.

The frequency of gaming and cognitive function was examined using statistical models in research that tracked more than 1,000 people in their 70s for over 10 years.

Researchers discovered that those who played more games later in life had superior cognitive function than those who didn’t play games, in terms of memory, thinking quickly, problem-solving, and overall mental attitude.

This study provides proof that cognitive deterioration is not always unavoidable. Furthermore, the association between playing board games and having better thinking and memory skills advances our understanding of preventative measures for mental health.

6. Helps treat anxiety 

They could aid worried children in learning friendship skills more quickly. Board games can make it simpler for children to develop peer connections since they are regulated and let them know what is expected of them.

Activities that offer regulated chances for talking, such as guessing games, benefit youngsters who have trouble starting conversations with strangers.

7. Increases bonds with family 

It might be challenging to halt and spend meaningful time with someone when life is hectic. You can connect on a very uncommon occasion when you play board games. Also, when everyone is seated together, the family bond is strengthened, and a greater sense of belonging results.

Games may start and stop to shape around talks, and being physically close helps you stay emotionally connected.

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