Board games are a great way to connect and spend time together as a family. Here are 6 reason why you should play games with your children and have a regular Family Games Night.
- Fun. The most important reason to play board games with you family is that they are fun. With the huge variety of games we have now, there is a game for every taste, and unlike the games of old, like Snakes and Ladders or Hungry Hippos, these games are actually fun and you will want to keep playing them again and again. The is something incredibly satisfying in stacking an animal in Animal Upon Animal and a game of Jungle Speed always results in laughter.
- Encourages Team Work. A novel concept to many, is cooperative board games – games where everyone works together and win as a team, or lose as a team. Spend your family games night playing Forbidden Desert and your whole family will be working together to win the game. These games are also still fun for adults while being easy enough for children. Watching your children working out the best way to collect a treasure while avoiding flooding the island is a great experience. What’s that unfamiliar sound in your house? It’s the sound of your children working together!
- Encourages Healthy Competition. Not all modern board games are cooperative – most are competitive. Are you the parent of a child whose brow begins to furrow and they take a breath ready to unleash a scream that would make a banshee shudder at the mere mention they might not be about to win? Being able to play games with your family, and losing, can be helpful in getting children used to not winning all the time. It is also useful to teach children how to be a graceful winner. Developing good sportsmanship is important for all children, so providing lots of safe opportunities to win and lose in a fun environment can only be a good thing.
- Educational. Most games have some educational elements. Whether it’s thinking on your feet and making tough decisions in Forbidden Island or flexing your memory and maths skills in Sleeping Queens. The best part is the education is wrapped up in a fun format – your children won’t know they are learning!
- Affordable Entertainment. Most games range from £10-£40. This may seem expensive, but the amount of fun you get out of each one makes it work out much cheaper than it first seems. The average price of going to the cinema is now £36.40 for a family of 4, excluding getting popcorn and traveling there, for a 2 hour movie. For the same price, you could get a copy of Ticket to Ride (one of the BEST family games), which could provide endless entertainment and is 100% more interactive and engaging that watching a film.
- Family Time. All children want to spend quality time with their parents. Having a regular family games night can be a great way to connect with your children, younger and older. There are great games for 2-3 year olds, and when your children reach 5-6 the amount of games they are able to play increases dramatically. Teenagers are notoriously hard to talk to and spend family time with, but once they have played a game of Dobble or Dixit, they will be hooked. What better way to spend time with your family than having fun and discovering that your 7 year old is smarter than you think and has stolen that bit of Sushi you needed in Sushi Go!?
Have you ever watched your child as they gleefully scream and shout and laugh as they play and wish you could have that much fun as an adult (and it not be frowned upon) well now you can. During your family games evening you really will be as enthralled and entertained as your little ones…or not so little ones!
Everyone wants to spend quality time together as a family; Board Games make this easy, fun and affordable. Having a regular Family Games Night/Afternoon keeps us grounded and focused in a world of phones, tablets and busy schedules all vying for our attention.