(Read to the end to see how you can get FREE games for this holiday’s gift giving.)
Whether you are growing your own game collection or giving games as gifts to others this holiday season, purchasing board games can be expensive! Here are some ways to save money…
If you don’t mind some minor wear and tear, there are many used game deals to be found at places like eBay.com and the Geek Market.
Have you ever considered trading games with other gamers? One place to do this is at BoardGameGeek.com.
PRINT AND PLAY:
Did you know there are many games available on the internet that you can print and play for free? BoardGameGeek.com has a helpful page with links. There are also some game publishing companies that have printable versions of their games for free on their web sites. A game I highly recommend that is available as a free print and play is Dixit. It plays up to 6 players, is simple to learn, and involves creativity and imagination!
MAKE YOUR OWN:
If a game has very few components that can be found at the craft store or around the house, why not make the game yourself? Here is a game called Shobu that I made from items around the house.
Shobu is an abstract strategy game for 2 players. We’ve been having a lot of fun playing it!
What You Will Need:
In the last post I began a list of qualities and values that kids can learn through playing board games. The first three were patience, accepting failure & learning from it, and delayed gratification. Here are a few more to consider…
Kids will learn to look over the options and choices that are available to them, consider what others might choose to do, attempt to see multiple steps/turns ahead, and draft contingency plans.
Adapting to Situations:
Sometimes all of the previous planning ahead you did can be affected by unforeseen changes in the game. Learning to adapt to changes and readjust to new situations is an invaluable lesson kids will need for the real world.
Although most games are “competitive” in nature, over the past few decades “cooperative” games have been gaining popularity. These types of games encourage players to make decisions together as a team. Players will either all win together, or they will all lose together. Kids will learn to discuss options and choices with one another, listen to each other’s input and arguments, and then agree on a choice of action.
So, the next time you sit down to play a board game with your kids, keep in mind that not only are you spending precious time with them, but you will also be teaching them many useful lessons for life!
Lately I’ve been thinking about my childhood and the time I spent playing board games with my parents and siblings. At that young age I was not cognizant of it, but now that I have been playing board games with my own kids for many years now, I realize that there are many qualities and values that kids can learn through board games. To keep these blog posts short, I will mention a few in this post and a few in my next post.
We started playing board games with our kids when they were very young. One of the first things that young kids learn from board games is how to wait their turn. This may seem like a simple concept, but for very young kids this is a hard thing to do. Learning to patiently wait their turn is a big step for them.
Accepting Failure and Learning from it:
This is another one that’s hard for younger kids (although some adults can struggle with it too)! There may be tears at first, but over time kids will come to learn a hard fact about life: that “you can’t always win”. Parents can help their kids to accept losing with dignity and grace, and also help them to consider which aspects of their strategy and game play they can improve on for next time.
Should you take that action now or wait until later? Kids, by nature, want things “now”! Learning to resist that urge to reap a small benefit now in order to receive a larger benefit later is a great lesson that has ramifications in many other areas of life.
More to come in the next post…
Four people sit in separate rooms. Their eyes are glued to screens. Dad is on his desk top, mom on her laptop, Billy on his tablet, and Sarah on her phone. There is no communication between them and no human interaction. This is a typical scene from the world we live in.
How do we break this unhealthy situation? One possible answer is through “board games”.
Board games are a great way to get family members off their devices and promote interaction with other human beings! Here are just a few ways board games accomplish this:
So, why not break out a board game today and bring the family closer together!
Jonathan Peters is a board game designer, author, educator, and award-winning composer.