Friday, November 2, 2012

31 Days Boardgames & Learning

We use games a lot for school. When the kids were little, boardgames were an easy way to get in math, colors, and other basic concepts. As the kids got older we started playing the games that would strengthen spelling skills and strategy skills along with any other skill we can think of that a game can teach.

Chess is a game the kids learn early on. Believe it or not even a 5 year old can learn how to play Chess. The skills involved in Chess range from spatial, to strategy, and even cause and affect. Being able to think about potential moves in advance and figuring out what your opponent will do in response to your move is something that can be applied to everyday life. And there are few things cuter than watching a 5 year old play Chess.

There are the obvious games like Scrabble for spelling and Monopoly for economic skills. We've played Zooreka when talking about habitats and we play Jenga when we talk about engineering. Another fun game that works on math skills and some serious thinking skills that pretty much any age can play and even grow-ups enjoy is called SET, it's one of our favorites.

Have you ever played a board game where you multiply the dice instead of adding? Try that with Monopoly or another game where you go around the board more than once sometime. Or, if you want the game to last forever, subtract the dice rolled instead. I once used the math flash cards for Candy Land instead of the color cards. Board games really are a great way to practice skills that are being learned.

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