We just finished celebrating the wonderful story time contributions of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as Dr.Seuss. Other than allowing us to enjoy storytime with our kiddos, Dr.Seuss has provided us with several fine motor craft themed activities. And even board games that teach children important skills needed for daily living! Check out some of these amazing Dr.Seuss themed activities on Pinterest
And if you are wondering how important board games are for child development here’s a few reasons why……….
The Importance of Board Games
Board games work on a number of skills that children need for academic performance and also give opportunities for the family to spend time together. They allow children to interact with peers, siblings, and family members in a fun setting while learning. Increasing the amount of time children spend with others and decreasing the amount of time spent on electronics allows children to enjoy interacting with others and gives them the opportunity to learn fundamentals of social participation.
Board do not always have to be educational, they already work on (depending on the chosen game): reading, grouping, counting, visual perception, visual discrimination, hand-eye coordination, manual dexterity, and letter, color, number, and shape recognition…just to name a few. Playing board games allow children to practice these skills yielding increased academic performance and object manipulation skills.
Board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting for others, and taking turns. They also provide the opportunity to learn about emotions and good sportsmanship. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen your child’s attention span by encouraging them to complete the game.