5 Benefits to Playing Games as a Family October 1st, 2021
Get off your screens and let’s play! Gathering the family together to play a few board games has a score of benefits. Here are five that will motivate you to make Game Night a regular event!
1. Create Bonds
When we get everyone together—kids and adults—to play a game, we’re strengthening the ties between us. Try playing in intergenerational teams to boost your level of enjoyment.
2. Learn New Things
Specialists in education and child psychology regularly remind us that children learn through play. Colours, shapes, letters and numbers, of course, but also logic, fine motor skills, strategy, memory, planning… There are a thousand and one things to learn during what might seem like a regular board 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 life.
4. Acquire Social Skills
Waiting their turn. Following rules… These are things kids don’t always like to do! But since they do like to play, board games are an ideal opportunity to practise social skills within a group dynamic, like patience, respect for others, managing emotions, cooperation, and more.
Playing games creates unlimited opportunities to laugh together and share your enjoyment. Even if you lose!
For more on the benefits of specific board games, check out this article, all about games that support social skills and this one, that looks at games to support academic skills!
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