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!
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Jonathan Peters is a board game designer, author, educator, and award-winning composer.