In an era of tablets, cell phones, Netflix, and video games, it is easy for family members to go to their separate corners and ignore each other most of the night. With busy schedules, it can be hard to get in quality family time every week.
One easy way to get the family to sit down together is to bring back game night. It’s not only fun, but there can be some hidden benefits like child development improvements. Here are some reasons why you should bring game night back.
Games can improve motor skills
There are simple little benefits that your children are getting from playing games. When they roll the dice, shuffle cards, move their small pieces, they are developing and honing their hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills. This can translate into better skills in sports, writing, drawing, and playing musical instruments.
Some great games to help improve motor skills include Operation, card games, dice games, and Jenga.
Schools grades might improve
Games can be so much fun that kids might not even realize they are learning in the process. Incorporating a family game night can help build various skills like math, vocabulary, spelling, and general knowledge. Even younger kids can reap the benefits from simple games like a dice game.
Games like Scrabble can teach children vocabulary and how to identify anagrams, and games like Trivial Pursuit can be great for learning facts and instilling a sense of competition. Games like Apple to Apples can be great for creating connections between words.
Games teach kids how to solve problems
According to research from the University of Florida, children who strategize and solve problems with their parents will have improved memory skills and will be more successful at solving problems alone.
Luckily, playing strategy games is a great way to encourage kids to solve problems. And, perhaps more importantly, it can demonstrate to your kids how to solve problems effectively so your children can learn and later mimic. Make sure to share with your kids your problem-solving techniques and show them how you break down the problems into more manageable pieces. By explaining your thought process, you are not only teaching your children, but you are also creating an unbreakable bond.
Games like Monopoly, chess, checkers, and Connect Four are great to encourage students to solve problems.
Playing together helps families bond
Playing games together can help create a conversation between family members. As technology’s power continues to rise, having in-person discussions seems to be declining. Playing games together helps to create an opportunity for children to speak as equals to their parents. It also gives them a chance to ask questions to their parents and helps to understand more things, hopefully leading to higher self-esteem and higher emotional intelligence.
Many games also require that you work with a teammate. Even if it is just the person who helps you out in Uno or gives you a hint in Scrabble, it can help create a support system and safe place for kids and parents alike.
Games are a great stress relief for all.
Not only are games fun, but they create a safe place for learning. Some games are more difficult to grasp than others, and games allow the family to work together to understand them. This collaborative nature keeps team spirits high, and self-doubt at a minimum. And families can have fun while doing it!
Now that you are ready to bring back game night, what is the first game you are going to play?