Some of my fondest memories are crowding around a little table in the middle of a pop-up camper playing board games with my cousins as rain hammered the campground we stayed in every year. We played to pass the time until we could go play outside, but during our time around that little table we bonded, laughed, and most importantly, learned...and maybe more important to our parents...stayed out of the mud.
Many may not associate board games with learning, but let me assure you that learning is involved in all board games. Some games teach children how to simply wait their turn or follow directions, while others teach children spelling, reading, strategy, or math concepts while providing important experience with probability. This makes board game play a 100% must do activity in my book.
If you want to use games to help your child learn while having fun as a family, check out this list of board games we love. Don’t see one on the list that you absolutely love playing? We’re always looking for more board games. Let us know!
Reading and Language
Bananagrams and Bananagrams Jr.
Scrabble and Scrabble Jr.
Boggle and Boggle Jr.
Spot it! Basic English
Monopoly and Monopoly Jr.
Any Card Game
Sneaky Snacky Squirrel
What board game will you play tonight?
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