Educational Board Games for Family Night

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by Patrice on March 16, 2011 · 4 comments

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Educational board games might cost a lot of money, especially when compared to all of the online games available that help children learn. But, the single mom knows that too much time spent on the computer isn’t good for any child, and a game that the whole family can enjoy together will mean a lot more to her family than just another way to learn.

But, since learning is the main objective of educational board games, they should be chosen with care. When shopping for the board game, mom should pay attention to the age level the game is geared to. Often a younger sibling can join in the fun of the board game just because they are willing to learn to keep up with an older brother or sister. A few nights of game playing is usually all the child needs to be a competitor in a game that is suggested for the age level of the oldest child.

Board games can be found for most areas of a child’s education, from math, spelling, vocabulary, geography and social studies to basic techniques like drawing and memorization.  Some board games offer a combination of learning opportunities.

A game that is too complex will not be any fun at all and the educational benefits will be lost. This will just be a waste of time and money as the frustrated child may not be willing to try again at a later date. While not all board game choices will be winners, mom should take care when purchasing the game and try to find one that matches the ability and the interests of the kids.

Board games help a child build their individual skills at the same time as the family is building bonds. The social interaction within the family is as important to the developing child as the lessons being learned by playing the game.

The most important benefit of choosing the right educational board game for the family is that the child is having fun as a part of the family and is learning without really knowing it.

 

About Patrice

Patrice Campbell is a freelance writer working from the Denver area. Campbell started her writing career in the 1980’s, working for several Wisconsin local papers as a news, human interest and features writer, as well as a photographer.


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Lovelyn March 18, 2011 at 1:35 am

My children and I loves playing board games like chess, checkers, snake and ladders, and scrabble! With scrabble, they can learn words and vocabulary. With chess and checkers, they can develop strategy. While on snake and ladders they’ll just enjoy playing and rolling the dice.

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Savannah March 22, 2011 at 9:00 am

That’s a really great mix between learning and pure fun – there’s no reason they have to be exclusive!

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Hanna March 18, 2011 at 4:54 am

Kids nowadays are technology geek and it can be difficult for us parents to pull them away from their electronic gadgets. However, it is very important to develop a family connections and at the same time learning.

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Savannah March 22, 2011 at 9:01 am

You can always try board games that come with electronic gadgets too, to keep them interested. Like the new monopoly game – it comes with a really cool new electronic “roller” and “banker.”

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