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Board games and their effects

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Today, many people associate the game with fun and interesting pastime in a circle of friends and family. However, not everyone knows that board games are also useful. Moreover, not only for children 😉.

We asked leading experts in the field of child development: Are board games useful? And if they are, how?

The alternative to gadgets is board games. Yeah, yeah, you didn’t mishear.

 

Many parents complain that they do not know how to wean their children from a permanent seat in gadgets. And they forget about board games, although the benefits are huge.

  • They help to bring family members together
  • Raise the child’s self-esteem – often he beats the parents and feels like a winner.
  • It’s a great opportunity to occupy a group of children when adults are busy. At the same time, your child can act as an organizer (he or she has already played, knows the rules, conditions, explains them to other participants and monitors the rules). And this is a great skill that will definitely come in handy in life.
  • Development of communication skills. Often participants of board games are both children of different ages and adults. You can have a great training in interaction with each other.
    And the ability to train your emotional background in the game is manifested by all: both small and large. The joy of victories and the bitterness of defeats – all like in life, but in a safe space.

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Even the simplest board games have a beneficial effect on the child, developing visual memory, attention, intelligence, logic, imagination and imaginative thinking. With the help of board games, children begin to treat differently the many school sciences that they do not like at school. Mathematics becomes an interesting quest. Geography is becoming a fascinating journey through cities and countries. Foreign languages are studied several times faster through a board game.

I’m not even talking about the ability to think logically, calculate the moves a few steps ahead, analyze the information obtained. Games also help to develop perseverance and attentiveness, the desire to move towards the goal, overcoming certain obstacles and obstacles.

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Why is it useful to play board games? Advantages .

That board games – it’s always fun and exciting, everyone knows. And do you know that this is also the magic key to keeping your mind active and healthy? Different people with different needs and abilities gather at the same table for one purpose – to have fun. But, in fact, the process of playing has a beneficial effect on health in various aspects and at any age. We have prepared for you a small list of why play is necessary and important.

They make you feel good.

One of the “side effects” of board games is laughter. It, in turn, increases the number of hormones endorphins and cause a feeling of happiness. Sincere loud laughter and joy in company can also contribute to empathy, empathy and trust with others.

Making time with family fun and varied activities

Family gatherings sometimes seem like an impossible thing to do, as everyone has different schedules and does their own thing. Still, don’t forget to get together from time to time, because without communication, relationships can get screwed up. Board games after family dinner – a great way to get close to the family and strengthen family ties.

It builds memory and enhances cognitive skills…

Your children, playing board games, develop basic cognitive skills – for example, the ability to solve problems. It is especially useful to play board games for the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex – these two departments are responsible for memory and thinking. In old age, board games help the brain maintain its mental abilities and keep them in good condition.

Reduces the risk of mental illness

One of the main advantages of board games is reducing the risk of cognitive impairment – for example, the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. When your mind is busy, your neural connections become stronger. And the stronger your brain, the more stable it is.

Contribute to the development of children.

Tables play a significant role in children’s health and brain development. Children improve logical, critical, spatial thinking. Speech and communication skills, ability to concentrate over a long period of time and attentiveness are also enhanced.

Accelerate response times.

Even if you’re not a child anymore, you still get your portion of the game. The more you play, the better and faster you react to and interact with your environment. For example, you can easily find your car keys (second sock, TV remote, etc.) without having to dig the whole house. Reduces blood pressure. Playing, you laugh, and with the release of endorphin in the blood pressure decreases and becomes stable. The muscles relax and the blood circulates freely through the body. This way, you get a pleasant prevention of heart disease and stroke.

Increases your immune system.

Research proves that negativity, depression, stress reduce your body’s ability to fight disease. Conversely, positive feelings and thoughts, joyful laughter and pleasure help fight stress and increase immunity. The process of play brings a lot of joy, so you are protected and you are not afraid of pain! Have a therapeutic effect. Many board games require the use of fine motor skills – for example, to move the pieces on the map, as well as actions where you need coordination and agility. Regular practice and activity improves these skills, which is especially important for children, people with mental or physical disabilities, the elderly and those recovering from accidents. Board games are very useful – in combination with work therapy and gymnastics, they help to improve muscle and nerve function over time.

Reduces stress levels.

Board games in a circle of friends is a great way to relax. Some people choose alcohol or other dubious methods for this purpose, but you and I know how to relax so that to stay healthy!

Board games for your child – it’s a development, and entertainment, and communication, and love. And most importantly – a safe space for training the most important skills.

Top 5 Best Board Games

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Our blog loves board games. Not only do we sell them, but we are also avid players ourselves. Usually, holiday corporate parties end very late not because the people are loaded after… pizza, but because the party in Munchkin or Alias is delayed. We don’t limit ourselves to these two, so we decided to share our experience with you.

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The Best Family Board Games

Those who have not tried to play with their families have lost a lot… If you think that communication in the family is enough – believe me, there is not much communication like this! Especially useful to sit at the playing table for those who want to establish a relationship of trust, makeup or learn something new about the family.

Monopoly

The reputation of “Monopoly” as “itself” has been unshaken for several decades. Both children and adults “stick” in it equally. The reason is in building special relationships between players. The spirit of competition not only separates people but also brings them together – for example, for your favorite entertainment. In Winning Moves ‘Monopoly – Friends’ you have to buy and sell, invest and attract investment, divide and rule – a gambling activity for the whole family!

Empathio

The Empathio gameplay process is reminiscent of special services’ techniques to find out the inner world of the criminal, or methods of testing job seekers for positions in large corporations. Everybody wants to know who is in your “dark fog”! Do not be afraid, it’s just a game of association – but so interesting that it’s even hard to imagine. It is this “Skill” – a skill of imagination – you have to use the full force to win the “Empathyo”!

Party Alias

You’ve seen them play this board on TV. “Party Alias” is so popular that even in the series “Doctor House” there is an episode in which heroes play one of its varieties. We have “Alias” – probably the first board game that came from the West. Players are divided into two types: explaining and guessing. The task of the former is to help the latter guess a certain word without saying it directly. Doesn’t it seem simpler? It is – but not always. But you’ll laugh so that you can tear your bellies off!

Alias

“Alias with Dice” – the same game, but designed specifically for a multi-age audience: so that both parents got carried away and children had fun. The difference from the “adult” version is the replacement of cards with dice. The new form entailed new content: in the “dice” version the game became even more diverse, unpredictable and fun. It is suitable for age 9+ and helps children develop coherent speech and thinking skills. And also, increases vocabulary. One of the best board games for children.

Dobble

“Dobble” is a very dynamic game that develops… a good mood! Maybe (but not fact), it develops something more – like the speed of reaction, visual memory, and direct communication skills. If you notice any improvement in any of these components after playing – the theorem is proven! The goal of the game is to find on the top map of the deck any element that you have on your hands – that is to find matches. The rules are very light and memorable in a minute.