Turn your child into a maths magician?

Board Games: How To Build Family Bonds And Math Knowledge In One Sitting!
In today's busy world it is becoming increasingly hard to slow down but sometimes as a parent you just need to allow yourself a moment to breathe and spend quality time with your children. The solution: Board Games!
Remember the old adage of 'the most valuable thing you can give your children is time' or 'children crave your presence over presents?' They are both true.

We have so much technology around us now and we are so busy that it is becoming increasingly hard to 'switch off', that is both emotionally and physically.

To really engage with your children and build valuable maths and social skills, let's turn everything off for 30 minutes to an hour and engage in some 'us' time. Many families are now delegating one night a week as family night so; turn off the TV, put your cell phone away, turn off the video games, get the board games out and bring the family together.

Board games are an effective way to build many maths, language and social skills. Most board games, in particular those that require dice, are great for building mathematical skills.

Board games are lots of fun and engage all the senses. ( auditory, visual, kinaesthetic, oral and motor skills).

Children learn best by becoming actively engaged in experiences. This allows them to interact and discuss ideas and concepts with others around them.

What great Maths Skills do Board Games teach?

  • Recognition of numbers and shapes (Numeracy Stages 1-3)
  • One to one counting: counting the pips on the dice. (stages 1-3)
  • Counting forward and backwards: make sure all children count out loud as they move. (Numeracy Stages 1-3)
  • Groupings (Numeracy stages 1-4)
  • Counting on- that is starting with the higher valued die and then counting on the other die. For example: you roll a 6 and a 4. You start with the 6 and 'count on' 4 - 6...7, 8, 9, 10.
  • Problem solving (Numeracy All Stages)
  • Evaluating Probabilities (Numeracy Stages 4-8-getting more complex as your child gets older)
  • Financial Literacy or the understanding of money (Numeracy Stages 4-8)
  • Strategic reasoning (Numeracy stages 5-8)

    What other skills do Board Games teach our Children?

  • Sharing
  • Waiting and taking turns
  • Expressing themselves
  • Thinking creatively
  • Sometimes you just have to follow the rules-have fun with that one!
  • Actions and consequences-the value of thinking ahead
  • Teamwork
  • How to be a good sport in losing graciously.

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    Remember when children are young, 3, 4 or 5, winning makes them feel like they have got it, they have mastered the game! So it could be appropriate to help them 'win' and build their self-confidence and enjoyment of the numbers and the games.

    As our children get older they start to understand the rules of fair play, but in the beginning we want our younger children to gain confidence and enjoy playing with others.

    Assign roles to keep the children engaged: a young child can roll the dice while an older child could organise and handle the money in Monopoly.

    11 Great Family Board Games
  • Snakes and Ladders (Chutes and Ladders)
  • Yahtzee -not quite a board game BUT totally awesome and has a junior version as well
  • Uno -has a junior version as well
  • Scrabble -there is a junior version too
  • Monopoly -has a junior version as well
  • Risk-Fantastic for 8 and above.
  • Settlers of Catan
  • Game of Life
  • Trouble
  • Cranium
  • Cadoo
  • Bingo -has junior versions
  • Pay Day

    So have fun, remember to be patient while they are adding up.

    Nothing is more important than the quality of time you spend with your children.
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