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I LOVE board games and card games!! Love, love love them. So much.
Not only are they a ton of fun, but they teach all kinds of life skills to kids.
In my time working with children, I have spent countless hours playing board games and card games- as an intentional therapeutic technique. During these games, I taught children skills including but not limited to:
- Winning Graciously
- Loosing Graciously
- Creative Thinking
- Problem Solving
- Social Skills
- Following Rules
- Numbers, Shapes, Colors, Letters
- Patterns/Matching Skills
- Eye-Hand Coordination
- Fine Motor Skills
- Verbal and Nonverbal Communication
- Sharing and Taking Turns
- How to Have Safe and Clean Fun
- How to Be Excited without Being Crazy
- Planning Ahead and Consider Consequences
- Learn from Previous Experiences
Obviously, board games and card games are wonderful for children!
Now, all this learning doesn’t just come without a little help from a parent. It’s your job to:
- Point out these lessons so that the child is cognitive of them. It’s easy to let life lessons slip by! Don’t let that happen to you. Make sure you are actively and intentionally teaching the child through the natural play experiences that come from board games.
- Help the child. Most games will be tough for a child at first, but as the child gets better and better at the game he will become more independent. Make sure you slowly withdraw your help as the child learns more and more.
- Remind the child of previous experiences to aid recollection and strategy.
- Work through emotions with the child. Winning and losing is highly emotional.
- It is stressful and frustrating to lose. Kids don’t naturally know how to handle tough emotions like that. They will need mom or dad’s help to learn how to cope.
- On the flip side, winning can cause pride and boasting. There is a balance here- it is good for kids to feel pride when they accomplish something that they worked at, like winning a game. Guide the child to win in a gracious way, without making others feel bad.
- Teach the rules. Every game is different, and it’s not easy for kids to keep the rules straight. This can be a cause of contention among children if they disagree on what the rules are.
- Set up social experiences. Provide your child with play dates, time with friends, family night, and other awesome social experiences to practice all these great skills taught by playing board games!
It’s SOOO fun and SOOOO beneficial to kids to play board games and card games.
And an added bonus—- Board games and Card games make AMAZING gifts!
- Don’t know what to get your teenager?? There’s something on this list for him or her!
- Don’t know what to get your family friend? Check here!
- Don’t want to spend a bunch of money getting something for each person? Get a gift the whole family will love!
- Don’t know what to get that random cousin whose name you drew for the Christmas Gift Exchange? Look no further!
- Need a funny and yet functional White Elephant Gift? Check!
- Want to bring the best gift to that birthday party you were invited to? This is it!
Behold- In all it’s glory- My awesome list of over 50 perfect family games!
It’s everything you could ever want.
And don’t miss the MUST-HAVE GAMES at the bottom of the list. Your home isn’t complete if you’re missing these classics!
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14) It’s in The Bag! – Newest Game for Family! for Adults! for Parties! Laugh Out Loud in This Game of Teamwork. Describe, Guess & Charades! Act Fast in This Popular Quick-witted Card Game! 4-20 Players!
17) Relative Insanity Party Game about Crazy Relatives – Made and Played by Comedian Jeff Foxworthy – 7441
19) Spontuneous – The Song Game – Sing It or Shout It – Talent NOT Required (Best Family / Party Board Games for Kids, Teens, Adults – Boy & Girls Ages 8 & Up),Yellow
23)Magilano SKYJO The Ultimate Card Game for Kids and Adults. The Ideal Board Game for Funny, Entertaining and exciting Playing Hours with Friends and Family.
28) Ravensburger Labyrinth Family Board Game for Kids and Adults Age 7 and Up – Millions Sold, Easy to Learn and Play With Great replay value
31)Goat Lords — Hilarious and Competitive New Card Game, Best for Adults, Teens, and Kids, Ages 7 and Up. Awesome Party Game for Families, Fun Board Games Nights, etc! – Hard Durable Box – Free e-Book
MUST-HAVE, CLASSIC GAMES:
38) Melissa & Doug Suspend Family Game, Classic Games, Exciting Balancing Game, Develops Hand-Eye Coordination, 12.5″ H x 2.8″ W x 2.8″ L
There you have it! Let the fun begin!
Who is Mrs. S… and why do people call you that?
It’s my favorite nickname! That’s what all my students call me!
I’ve been around the block a time or two. I’ve worked with children from ages 0-18, some with mental illness, some with disabilities, some with Autism, and many with behavioral problems.
I also worked as a parent educator!
All that doesn’t hold a candle to my best experience with children- being a mom. Want to learn more about me? Click here!
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