Board games are an incredible tool that can be used to gather the family for some screen-free fun. Beyond just having a good time, board games feature tactile and analytical aspects that can help develop useful life skills.
Here’s just a small number of skills that board games help promote:
- Creativity – Games often let players to come up with creative ways to work towards victory.
- Imagination – Embracing the fictional world of a game can be a lot of fun.
- Critical-thinking – Games allow you to analyze the best ways to reach a goal or solve a problem.
- Cooperation – Many games demand communication and teamwork for success.
- Sportsmanship – If taught properly, kids can learn to become good losers and mindful winners.
I highly encourage you to check out BoardGameGeek for an amazing list of games ranked specifically with families in mind. Or if you’re looking for a free alternative, your library has you covered! For young children who are learning basic concepts like colors and the alphabet, you can check out Learning Prop Game Kits. Each kit features a simple, unique game that comes in a convenient zip-up pouch. Follow this link to our catalog to put one on hold!