Reasons to Play Board Games with Preschoolers
Preschool age is my favorite age to introduce new board games to kids. There is so much to be learned through board games and preschoolers are so open to trying new board games (if only there was a board game that introduced them to new foods!). If you’re on the fence about playing board games with your preschoolers, or need some motivation to introduce a new game in your house, keep reading to see all the reasons you should be playing board games with your preschoolers!
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1. Family bonding through board games
A real challenge with a big family, or if you kids span a wide age range, can be finding activities everyone enjoys. Finding something the whole family looks forward to is essential to nourishing a strong family bond. A lot of activities your preschooler enjoys probably seem to kidish for their older siblings. Board games are the perfect family activity because board games can be enjoyed by the entire family. Don’t start with the classics like Candyland or Sorry. Check out the 10 best games for kids of all ages instead!
2. Preschool board games are an ideal teaching tool
I will trumpet all the things kids can learn from board games loudly and proudly, as often as I can! Looking back to the preschool years I don’t really remember actively teaching the kids the typical preschool skills (numbers, counting, letters, etc.), why? Because board games took care of it for us! My most recent revelation of the power of board games to teach preschoolers was when we were playing a dice game called Combo King (it is generally geared at older kids, but can be played by preschoolers if you help with the reading aspect). As we were playing with our youngest I realized she could count die pips faster then she could recognize the corresponding number. After reflecting on this, I also realized our oldest learned to identify numbers, count, add, and subtract simply through playing board games!
3. Help you preschooler gain emotional intelligence
Board games are also the perfect tool to help teach your kids emotional intelligence. It’s very easy for me, as a parent to get ‘preachy’ when I start talking about soft skills. Board games are great because they allow you to demonstrate the behavior you want to see in your kids, while you’re doing something fun. Board games are great for you to demonstrate winning and losing graciously, patience, turn taking, cooperation, and communication. We really love cooperative board games for teaching these ‘soft skills’. Cooperative board games add a layer of communication that is perfect to help preschoolers develop skills that very hard to teach.
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