With school closing for two weeks, parents may ask themselves, “What will keep my little ones happy and us sane?” There is a simple answer – Board Games!
What your child wants most — and needs — is to be with you with no goal in mind beyond the joy of spending time together. Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together. Your child is really looking for you to listen to them and to play with them. As an added bonus, board games are also rich in learning opportunities! Just like at Child’s Voice, through games, your child can master new skills and concepts like:
- number and shape recognition
- grouping and counting
- letter recognition and reading
- visual perception and color recognition
- eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
Games don’t need to be overtly academic to be educational, however. By virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as
- communicating verbally
- taking turns
- enjoying interaction with others
Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game.
Choosing the Right Game
In the early years, the primary developmental goals include helping your child become more self-confident and ambitious and to enjoy playing with others. Your children play many games at Child’s Voice that work to develop these skills. These games are typically teacher created and focus on particular language, syntax or vocabulary development. You can ask teachers for some suggestions on their favorite board games too.
Some commercial games may include:
- Candy Land
- Count Your Chickens
- Chutes and Ladders
- Go Fish
- Hoot Owl Hoot
- Sneaky Snacky Squirrel
Play a variety of games over winter break! Your child will love the attention, build and retain some skills, and most importantly, you will form new holiday traditions.
Enjoy your winter break and your time with your children. Happy Holidays!