Smart phones, laptops, or game consoles are staples in the lifestyle of most kids today. Prying them away from these techie tools seem to get more challenging each day. Introducing kids to classic bonding activities like board games can help you strike a balance between virtual entertainment and real life social interaction with fun and learning too. Here are some board games that can make spending time with friends and family better than a whole day in the virtual world.
Board games may sound dull and boring compared to the animation and 3-D effects of video games. But do not underestimate the fun and learning that these games can bring. For instance the classic game of Snakes and Ladders combines the lessons in virtues and vices together with the excitement of chance and competitiveness to win the game. Ladders that help you get ahead of the game are represented by virtues while snakes that drag you down are represented by vices.
Another timeless classic is the Monopoly which has evolved into different versions since the 1930s. This game demonstrates the economic effects of market domination by a single entity. The objective of the game is to drive all your opponents to bankruptcy leaving the winner in control of the whole economy. Aside from Monopoly, games like Cash Flow and The Game of Life also has some practical life lessons that can be learned while playing the game.
Parents who would like to help their kids hone their math and verbal skills while having fun can turn to word games like scrabble, boggle, and Upwords. Players in these games earn points by forming words in the game. The one with the highest score at the end of the game wins. The Quirkle board game may be a better fit for families with young children. Instead of words, this game makes use of colors and shapes to form combinations and score points. Tiles of the same color and/or shape are matched to form a row or column, pretty much like a combination of domino and scrabble.
There are loads of board games that cater to a wide variety of interests. You can bring out the geek in the family by playing with board games like Smithsonian Be the Expert, Big Brain Academy, Are you Smarter than a 5th Grader?, and Trivial Pursuit. There are also games that incorporate some physical activity like Reverse Charades where players are required to pantomime, and Twister where players challenged to different poses as instructed by the game cards. With all these options, there is little chance of the whole family getting bored with board games. Choose age appropriate ones or look for the latest versions to get the most fun out of them.