Board Games Promote Health in Families
A good old-fashioned family game night may be just what the doctor ordered. This kind of quality family time promotes family bonding, creates joyful memories and decreases the body’s stress response according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
In addition to colors, numbers and vocabulary, games help children develop life skills necessary to become successful adults according to the AAP. Following rules and taking turns develop self regulation skills while communication and conflict resolution with other players develop social skills. Games are also an opportunity for children to exercise creativity, collaboration and problem solving.
Here are a few of the best board games to get your family game night going.
Perfect for Little Ones
Relish in the nostalgia while engaging the youngest members of your family with these classic childhood board games.
Candy Land – Practice colors and counting while racing along the rainbow path towards sweet victory for the player who reaches the Candy Castle first.
Chutes and Ladders – Help your children navigate numbers as well as the good deeds that launch you up the ladders and the naughty deeds that send you sliding down the chutes.
Operation – Young children practice fine motor skills while removing Cavity Sam’s ailments like a headphone headache. Wait for everyone to squeal with joy when the tweezers touch the side of the cavity and Sam’s nose lights up and the buzzer goes off.
To win these games, you must focus, strategize and out-smart your opponents.
Clue – Become a detective and delve deep into a who-done-it murder mystery. Was it Mrs. Peacock with the lead pipe in the library?
Checkers – Strategically move your checkers diagonally square by square as you capture your opponent’s checkers one by one.
Sorry! – Hope for lucky cards and plan your plays wisely to be the first player to get all their pawns safely home. Just don’t be Sorry! and get sent back to the start.
Blokus – Challenge your spatial thinking while trying to get all of your pieces onto the board by filling your territory and blocking opponents.
Aggravation – Up to six players must try to send their marbles all the way around the board using die rolls and potentially dangerous shortcuts.
Monopoly – The classic property-trading game has room for eight players and lots of competition. Themed Monopoly boards are available ranging from Star Wars to national parks so hold a family meeting and pick the perfect board.