When was the last time you played a game with your children? Not a computer or video game. A game where you sit face-to-face with another person, take turns and enjoy time together without looking at a screen?
In today’s mile-a-minute world, sitting down for a board game like Monopoly or throwing horseshoes in the back yard might seem like a luxury but there are real benefits to dusting off your old Jenga or Scrabble games and setting up weekly game nights. Here are a few:
Games Foster Communication
Families are busy. There’s not a lot of time between homework and bedtime, which means not a lot of time for conversations. Smart phones and tablets that encourage solitary play add to the problem. Playing games allows children to share their thoughts and feelings in the times between turns. Casual questions asked by parents are more likely to be answered by kids having fun.
Games Promote Good Sportsmanship
Games have winners and losers. Winners tend to gloat and losers to get sad or angry but game night gives parents a chance to teach graciousness. Encourage handshakes at the end of the game. If the game requires skill — such as Jenga or croquet — have the winner give the losers some tips.
Games Teach Life Skills
How do you help your kids succeed at school or in the workplace? Play games. To win, kids have to learn the rules, take turns, be patient and stay friendly. Some games such as Risk require them to strategize. Other games like Pictionary teach communication skills. It’s good practice and winning or losing provides immediate feedback.
Games Help Kids Solve Problems
Playing games that require strategizing and solving problems teach memory techniques and gives kids practice figuring out how to solve problems on their own. When faced with real life problems they are more equipped to handle them.
Games Can Lead to Better Grades
Most games incorporate reading, math, spelling and vocabulary. Don’t believe us? Dice games teach counting. Games like Monopoly teach kids money skills. Scrabble teaches spelling but also vocabulary. Many games have cards to read and questions that must be answered. It’s a fun way to practice these skills and the kids won’t even know they are learning.
We’ve Got Your Game
It’s fun to sit around with a bowl of popcorn and a few board games or round out the family barbecue with some lawn games. If you don’t have a full game closet, Jordan Ranch can help. Visit our model homes and The Shed between Sept. 1-30 to enter for a chance to win a classic, family fun game! We’ve got Jumbo Checkers, Giant Connect 4 and Jenga, Twister, croquet, horseshoes and more.
Remember the family that plays together, stays together!