My best childhood memories involve playing board games with my family and friends. Red light, green light, one-two three, card games like Spades, and (my all time favorite) the board game Trouble. These were fun times indeed! However as a life-long learner and a veteran school teacher, I also know these games teach valuable life lessons.
Using games to teach critical thinking and problem solving is one tool parents can use to support their children. Let’s be honest. Young people are constantly bombarded with one challenge after another. Some of these challenges they can control but sometimes they have to adapt to their environment or the situation. As parents, we are not always present to fight their battles, weather their storms, and right their wrongs.
Allowing children, no matter the age, to play games that teach problem-solving, critical thinking, and conflict resolution is an ideal way to help them navigate these complex issues.
Playing outside with friends helps children think on their feet and be creative. Do you remember these time tested and still played games; Jumping rope, Hide and Seek, Cornhole?
In addition, family and friends playing card games and board games are ideal ways to teach social skills. Do you remember playing Uno, Monopoly, and The Game of Life with your siblings, cousins or neighbors? The list is endless, evolving and growing to follow the current trends.
How are you going to get the ball rolling? What game will you play with your family? What game will you encourage your child to play with their friends? Whatever the game, keep in mind that as your children play they are building and strengthening critical thinking and problem solving skills to adapt to their ever-changing environment.
Note: Constance is a veteran educator. She has taught in the public school system for over 20 years, with experience in elementary and middle school education.
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