Board Games for Brains: 3 Top Picks for Young Kids

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Many parents these days find themselves in a bit of a conundrum when it comes to brain power versus technology. It’s so very easy to throw a tablet or a TV in front of a child and hope that they will develop the necessary skills to succeed in life… but chances are they’re not.

While there are many reasonable activities a child can do with technology- some may argue brain development thrives in good company. Using a computer or tablet, the child is prone to the sense of isolation whereas board games and the like encourage social interactions as well.

Uno

uno

 A great game for two or more players. It’s especially good for preschoolers to about age 8.
It’s a very easy game to play: Each player gets 7 cards of the 108 shuffled deck. There is one pile for discards and another pile of cards where players will draw from. Each person much put down a card that is either the same color or number as the face up card in the discard pile. Aside from the usual cards-  there are wild cards and some that will force players to miss a turn.

This is a great game for brain development because it teaches kids to pay attention to details – numbers, colors, sharpens pattern recognitions. For older kids: logic, reasoning and strategy- are all to be gained while deciding which cards to throw down vs. ones to save for future turns.

Bingo

bingo

This one is probably more predictable as far as accessibility for younger children. It is a great way to help get a young mind comfortable with numbers and letters- especially those who have yet to fully learn them all. There are a variety of versions of the game that are just shapes, colors and everyday objects for even younger children. The traditional version of Bingo is best for children in Kindergarten and older.

As I’m sure you know, the game is very simple. Entailing a board with 24 numbers and a blank spot in the middle- each player gets a pile of tokens that will be used to place on the letter/number squares as they are called.

No matter the age, your young ones listening and memory skills will get a solid work out. Not to mention this will help them visualize numbers/symbols and match them to card in hand. Many have said that this game over time necessary for math and reading skills.

Dominoes

dominoes

I will admit I don’t think I’ve ever played this game ‘by the rules’. Instead, like many- I would simply set each tile upright in a fascinating pattern and tip one over and watch them collapse one by one.

The real ‘game’ of dominoes however, entails 28 tiles being put face down on a table to be shuffled. Each player takes 7 tiles and the rest are left in the ‘boneyard’. The player with the highest tile goes first. placing their domino on the table. The next player must match one of the halves with a tile containing the same character or number. When a player can’t make a match they must draw a tile from the boneyard. The first player to rid themselves of all their tiles will win.

This is another excellent way to have children recognize numbers and objects quickly. It also helps with critical thinking and the ability to spot patterns.

 

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