With this heat I thought you might all enjoy reading this post our previous Assistant Director, Shelly, posted back in 2012. Have fun playing some board games!!!
Earlier this week, I spent some time watching our Blue a.m. class kids as they played some simple games: Zingo, Memory, and Avalanche. It was fun to watch them and see how much fun they were having! It caused me to wonder, how often do we enjoy board games with our own children at home?
There are so many benefits to playing games:
* social emotional: Children need to learn about winning and losing. Sometimes we win and sometimes we lose and that’s okay. Losing can be tough but it’s a great lesson!
Games also allow us the opportunity to learn about taking turns. We practice patience and qualities involved in sharing when we do this. We also learn about cooperative play… so important in life!
* fine motor: Strengthening our hand muscles, eye/hand coordination, and isolating our fingers are all important in getting us ready to properly hold and use writing utensils and scissors.
*cognitive skills: Recognizing the amount of dots on a die, one to one counting as they move a game piece across the board, learning to recognize numbers, colors, shapes, are all great practice. It’s pretty neat, too, to see how children learn to “strategize” from a very young age. Games also teach about the scientific concept of cause and effect: if you do this, then this will happen.
Some of our favorite games up here at the preschool are:
*Zingo *Avalanch Fruit Stand *Hi-Ho Cherry-O
*Operation *Candy Land *Chutes and Ladders
There are lots and lots of other great games out there. While places like Toys R Us and Target are good places to find games, I encourage you to also check out these great sites and stores:
- http://www.ustoy.com/ (They have a great store at 103rd and State Line)
- http://www.the-learning-tree.com/ (They have two local stores)
As we hear so often, “the best thing you can do for your children is read to them,” I feel just as strongly about playing games. When you are reading to them, you are connecting with them and spending quality time together. The same is so true about playing games. Games are a great way to bring families together!