Board Games are a great gift this Christmas or for any time of the year. We love board games and as a family with varying ages of children, we find that they are a great activity we can all do together. Board games aren’t just for kids, we also enjoy a board game together once the kids are in bed. With so many board games available to choose from you are bound to find one that will appeal to you. There are plenty of benefits to playing board games too.
Board games are special as they require little to no technology and they are a simple way to get quality, screen-free time with the rest of the family. The Works has a huge selection where you will find plenty of board games to spend some quality unplugged time together.
Board games are a great way to encourage kids of different ages to team up and work together which is something they’ll need to do throughout life.
Whether you build up to it by modeling good losing and then letting your younger child slowly understand it’s ok to lose a game, or you have older competitive kids. Playing board games together is a great way to encourage and promote how to stay calm in the face of defeat.
Even simple games help young players identify colors, count spaces, and develop hand-eye coordination when moving around the board. They also teach important life skills like learning to wait for your turn and following rules.
Board games help children develop logic and reasoning skills, improve critical thinking and boost spatial reasoning. Encouraging children to play different types of board games can also increase verbal and communication skills while helping develop attention skills and the ability to concentrate and focus for longer periods of time.
Playing board games aren’t just good for kids brains, they stimulate brain areas that are responsible for complex thought and memory formation for both – kids and adults.
Board game playing also reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and for elderly people helps to keep the mind sharp.
In the busyness of everyday life, it can be hard to pause and spend quality time together. Sitting down with family with no interruptions may feel like an impossible thing in your home, as everyone has different schedules which pushes them to opposite directions. So playing a board game together may be a great solution. Make a games evening of it with snacks and drinks.
Without tactical thinking, many board games are impossible to win. Planning strategy helps you to improve your problem-solving skills, which will benefit you in so many different areas of life.
Many games involve logical, systematic thinking and working, as well as quick decision-making where you have to think several steps ahead – not just about what you want to do now!
One of the side effects of playing board games is laughing. Laughing has been shown to increase endorphins, the chemicals that create the feeling of happiness.
Winning a boargame often takes strategy and patience. In the happy environment of playing together, these things are learned in a stress-free, adventurous way that is beneficial to all.
Playing board games can bring people closer, strengthen relationships, and can help you meet new people. Have a look and see if there is a local bpard games cafe!