The Power of Board Games

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Don’t underestimate the power of board games for developing a whole range of communication and thinking skills. In this day and age, sitting down to play a board or card game can sound somewhat old-fashioned but games such as Go Fish, Uno, Trouble, Twister, and Jenga allow children to learn and practise:

  • Turn taking
  • Appropriate eye contact
  • Listening to others
  • Responding to others
  • Saying a similar phrase or sentence over and over (repetition is great speech practise)
  • Following directions
  • Asking questions
  • Problem solving
  • Strategising
  • Negotiation
  • Planning and thinking ahead (i.e. prediction/anticipation)
  • Resilience (i.e. gracious winning and losing)
  • Focus and concentration
  • Memory – Working Memory, Short Term Memory and Long Term Memory

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That is a long list! Board games and card games are where speech, language, social and thinking skills really come together in the most complex and functional way. They also build relationships and encourage your family to spend time together. So don’t become overly dependent on screen games for your child’s entertainment – they could be missing out on some vital developmental skills for life.