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How board games can help with your child’s development

 

Nearly all children love board games. I remember my own childhood and my fondness and excitement playing them. I grew up with five siblings, big by today’s standards but not at all big in north side of Dublin at the time. We all loved to play the board games we had and as I was the youngest, I developed skills which helped me both as a child and later in life. Some of our favourite board games growing up where Drafts, Cluedo, Game of Life and even Snakes and Ladders.

Looking back, I think the main reason I loved playing those board games was the fun and learning that happened. Playing and having fun is what children do and that is how they learn best. Playing also contributes to a child’s need to bond with their siblings and care givers. As adults, we know and can all identify with the need to bond with our fellow human beings, whether that be with your spouse, colleague in work or with your child or even a pet and what better way to bond than play. When playing board games, everybody is engaged and communicating with each other and isn’t that the essence of bonding?

So how does board games contribute to a child’s development? Board games offer a structured activity that enable play to happen. Some games are longer than others, but all the players know and learn what the rules and goal of the game are over time. The goal could be to win all the draft pieces from your opponent or find out who killed Colonel Mustard or to find the Pot of Gold! You can veiw the Pot of Gold board game at www.potofgold.ie. The key part is the structure, as with any game, players need to have a goal or an end point, what’s the point otherwise?  

Children also learn about winning and losing via play which is vital to their development. Young minds as all parents know, find the concept of winning and losing difficult. The simple fact of the matter is that, children always want to win! And what’s wrong with winning you might ask? Nothing in fact, it gives a child a sense of pride and achievement and aids in their sense of self-esteem. But what about losing and losing gracefully, isn’t that a behaviour that all parents want for their children? As we all know, losing is a necessary part of life. Most board games are a game of chance, although there is an element of skill, you won’t win them all, so in this way they can aid in a child’s development with the concept of winning/losing.

So in summary, board games aid in a child’s development in a number of ways. Play and its importance to children is well established so by playing board games parents can aid in their child development merely by playing with them. Board games offer a structured activity that enable play to happen. And finally, children will learn about winning and losing playing board games.

I have researched board games and child development while developing our own board game. Our board game can be viewed at www.potofgold.ie or I can be contacted personally at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.