What's worse than rain on a perfect day? It's the lack of a good thing or a productive thing to do. Nowadays, children, instead of having to play kids indoor games would rather spend their time playing with their top of the line gaming console or their latest handheld portable game devices. Though there is nothing wrong with these advancements in technology we have to pay a certain price that some people are not even aware of.
They’re fun. And what better way to learn than to have some fun?
They encourage soft skills. Communication. Collaboration. Problem Solving. These soft skills are crucial for success in the real world. These skills are the ones most encouraged through playing games.
They’re great learning resources. English/Language arts. Math. Science. Social Studies. They all go from “boring” subjects to “can we do that again tomorrow” subjects when you’re playing.
They’re not on a screen. I struggle with limiting screen time for my kids. Between the computer, the TV, and the various gadgets, our home feels overrun by media at times. Games focus on real-world interactions instead of digital ones. I like that.
One of the perils of technology taking over the play time of children is the separation of children from their friends. In the past children would gather together in a vacant lot to play baseball or tag or horse or whatever it was that kids play at the time. These physically challenging games helped children develop muscle tone and promoted exercise that in a way helped them in taking care of their bodies. Aside for the physical rewards that games children play bring it also promotes social interaction, attitude adjustment and cooperation among peers. These games helped them see that there are things that can be done individually and as a group.
Because of the isolating nature of these high tech devices children are more inclined to sliding back into their own worlds safe from anything that the outside world can dish out. Though there is a certain safety and comfort that these devices bring it isolates children from their peers and social skills that they should have are not developed. This results in kids having little tolerance to failure, low self-esteem, the need to find an easier way out and fault finding. To remedy this situation some parents are re-introducing children to classic indoor games that can be played by the family, with the family such as:
Since then, board games have always dominated the indoor games for kids scene since the beginning of gaming history started. Some of the classic games that captured the hearts and imagination of kids and adults alike are board games like Monopoly, Snakes and Ladders, Scrabble and other turn based board games. These games develop strategy and critical thinking in kids because of the high level of decision making involved in them. Recently board games have been given a facelift and have enjoyed new edition to their line. Games like Warhammer 3000, Tactics the game, Vampires: Bloodlines and other games introduced recently.
Challenge Your Preschooler
Find matching letters
Spell her name
Put letters in order while singing the ABC song
Sort letters by composition (curved lines, straight lines, and combination letters)
This math game is perfect for solo (or small group) play, Boggle Jr. utilizes dice with letters instead of numbers. As your child matches letters to the picture card, she will be learning:
letter identification skills
matching letters to sounds
common short vowel words
Another math game which is perfect for children, 1-2-3 Framland players race to build a completed farm from animal cards they draw from the deck. Be careful—you can’t use the same animal twice!
While building a farm, your child will practice:
Introduce science to your preschoolers with Logo programming language with this Kickstarter funded game. Players use code cards to move the Robot Turtle around the board. With a variety of levels that will keep your child (and perhaps you) learning, they’ll be exposed to:
Correcting bugs in programming
Sub-routines and loops
From the world of Richard Scarry, this game encourages active play. To set-up,
arrange the destination mats around your room (or make the kids run all over the house—I love games that wear them out!) Players take turns drawing passengers, and flying them to the destination with the included airplane.
Clothing choices (the passenger wearing a swimsuit goes to the beach instead of the mountains.)
Destination comparisons (how is a beach different from a city?)