5 ADVANTAGES OF FAMILY GAME TIME
Author: Emily Bradshaw - November 2019
Get off your screens and let’s play !
Gathering the family to play board games together has a score of benefits.
Here are five that will motivate you to make Game Night a regular event.
1 . BUILD BONDS
When we get everyone together—kids and adults, parents, children and grandparents—to play a game, we strengthen the ties between us. Try playing in cross-generational teams for even more fun!
2 . LEARN NEW THINGS
Child psychologists regularly remind us that children learn through play. Colours, shapes and numbers, of course, but also logic, fine motor skills, strategy, memory and bluffing—there are a thousand and one things to learn during what might seem like a mundane card game!
3 . COMMUNICATE BETTER
Sometimes, the relaxed atmosphere of playing a game as a family creates the perfect ambience for bringing up difficult subjects. It’s also a great time to casually talk about your day and what’s happening in your lives.
4 . ACQUIRE SOCIAL SKILLS
Waiting for their turn, following rules—these are things kids don’t always like to do! But since they do like to play, board games offer an ideal opportunity to practise social skills like patience, respect for others, managing emotions and group dynamics.
5 . LAUGH
Playing games creates unlimited opportunities to experience shared laughter and joy. Even if you lose!