With the arrival of video games, apps, tablets and phones it's understandable how good old fashioned board games might seem a little blasé. But there are some real benefits to having a regularly scheduled game night with your family:
Create a connection with your child
During a game there is time for talking and laughing in a way we don't always take the time to do these days. Now laughing isn't just fun, it actually has been shown to increase endorphins, the chemicals that boost the feeling of happiness.
Increase cognitive skills
Games are great for improving your memory as you remember rules and create strategies. They are also helpful for building the brain's cognitive associations as we age. Board games also help develop problem solving, creativity and goal setting.
You can always benefit from a healthy distraction like playing a board games since it is an excellent way to kick back and relax. I'm sure I don't need to tell you what reducing stress will do for your health, but did you realize that when our children are stressed much of their cognitive skills are impaired: “Stress damages virtually every kind of cognition that exists. It damages memory and executive function.” - John Medina, Brain Rules. Children can be stressed about many things like school, social situations and extra curricular activities. Let's take some of that pressure off with a fun game night!
On top of the cognitive skills that are improved with games, there are other pieces of a child's development that can benefit from board games. Like fine motor skills, coordination and dexterity as your child picks up game pieces and moves them around. These basic skills will improve as your child keeps practicing!
We asked our KTC Insiders which games were their family favourites, here is what they chose:
1. Snakes & Ladders
2. Card Games
4. Tie: Sorry/Monopoly/Scrabble
We always have a great assortment of board games in our gently used section!