We’ve got a fantastic range of toys in our library. At last count, our shelves were lined with close to 1,000 toys! That’s so much awesomeness to choose from, that it can sometimes be a little overwhelming. So, we’ve decided that we’re going to showcase some of our picks every month and all you’ll need to do is come in, talk to one of our fabulous team or volunteers, and they’ll point you in the right direction of where to find them.
Exciting, right? So, let’s get started…
With autumn fully arrived, and winter just around the corner, we’re all bracing ourselves for some cold and wet weather. This month’s pick is perfect for those times when everyone is getting a bit stir-crazy from being cooped up inside, and another long afternoon stretches before you.
That’s when it’s time to pull out the BOARD GAMES!
On our shelves we’ve got some oldies and some goodies… remember Hungry Hippos (good for hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills development) and Snakes and Ladders (helps littlies to start recognising numbers)?
We got those.
And remember Monopoly (excellent for confidence and decision-making) and Scrabble (increases memory and enriches vocabulary)?
Yup, got those too.
We’ve also got games like Castle Logix (3 years and up) that will allow your little one to flex those logic muscles as they construct castles and towers, Trouble (ages 5 and up) that’s fun for the whole family while supporting counting for the younger team members, and Twister, which is fabulous for coordination and balance.
Basically, as well as being a lot of fun for the whole family, board games teach small children about teamwork and patience, and helps with brain development in a myriad of ways.
Need more convincing to grab a few at your next pick-up, then check-out this list of benefits:
1. GREAT for building language and communication skills
As we all know, children (and adults) learn through play, so boards games are a wonderfully sneaky way to encourage that extra reading and talking. Games generally require some sort of effective communication to achieve objectives, and can act as a conversation starter that flows into post game banter.
2. GREAT for improving critical thinking
Games challenge children to plan their moves, consider cause and effect, and read other players by building a general awareness of how they think. They also start to learn about the impact of their own decisions, but in a safe environment. Games will also help to improve memory, cognitive skills, logic, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision-making.
3. GREAT for family time
Board games are a wonderful way to spend time as a family, away from screens and the busyness of everyday life. Doing things together like this as a united group – including the adults – makes your children feel like they’re part of something and gives them a sense of belonging. It also allows family members to see each other in a different light, particularly when it’s parents and older siblings playing with them.
4. GREAT for learning to deal with failure
No matter what your age or what you’re playing – sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. This, therefore, gives adults plenty of opportunity to model their behaviour, and begin to teach their children the art of resilience when dealing with disappointment and failure – which is tricky to stomach for any age. That’s why it’s important to not lose to your kids on purpose as you’re doing them a disservice and denying them the opportunity to deal with setbacks in a safe environment.
5. GREAT for overall well-being
Playing board games encourages laughter and helps to reduce stress, which in turn boosts the immune system and lowers blood pressure. It helps players to be present in the moment and escape from any worries or anxiety.