Getting your kids learning outside of school isn’t an easy task. Especially as kids get older, the last thing they want is more homework. Board games are an easy way to get your kids learning without them even realizing it. From pre-school to high school, there’s always something that can be learnt from a simple board game – they are not to be underestimated! Today we invite Bethany from Show My Homework share some educational board game ideas.
From a young age, board games teach children how to get along with one another, introduces them to the concept of rules and turn taking, and teaches them how to be a gracious winner and loser. This is all without taking into account the actual concept of the game!
It’s key to remember that board games don’t stop being educational as you get older, the more complex the rules and harder the questions, the more it helps to give older kids, teenagers and even adults a brain workout. Some can even help teens learn important life lessons.
Card Games are great at any age, but especially with younger children as it helps them recognize numbers and patterns and teaches them the importance of paying attention (if you aren’t looking you can miss your turn!). As children get older, card games help them to reason and think strategically. UNO is a great card game for children of all ages; it’s fun and includes a strategic thinking element.
Bingo is a timeless game that has graced many classrooms. This can be tailored to almost every subject and there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be enjoyed outside of class. A favorite take on Bingo is Math Bingo. The game is simple and can be played by children of varying ages – you simply have to change the questions’ level of difficulty.
Monopoly is a classic and suitable for children of all ages. It helps younger children understand how to count money and give/ask for the right change, and it teaches older kids the importance of money, budgeting and financial planning. It also goes on for hours so if you’re not a player you can enjoy some quiet time whilst the rest of the house cracks on! Now you can also play the game with Monopoly game apps on your mobile devices.
Scrabble isn’t only good at helping hone English skills such as reading, vocabulary and spelling. It also helps to teach the importance of strategy – playing words for the biggest score. It helps to develop maths skills as well, through keeping score and multiplying overall totals.
Scattegories is another game that’s great for English skills, players have to think of different words for different categories all beginning with the same letter and the most obscure wins. This really helps to stretch their vocabulary and working to a time limit is good practice when it comes to exam technique (come back to the harder questions!)
These games are simply scratching the surface of the endless possibilities that board games can offer to help increase your child’s learning outside of the classroom. Engaging your children in thought-provoking board games when they are young is only going to better help them later on in life.
And the best part about board games? It isn’t just that it gets kids learning unknowingly, it brings family and friends together. What’s not to love?
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