Do you know remember how much fun it was to play a game of UNO, Scrabble and Monopoly? These games were and still are so much fun because they are a challenge to play. They were made not only for entertainment purposes but also for educational use.
Games like the ones mentioned above aim to develop a child’s ability to come up with different strategies. This gives them an idea of what reality is like. There will always be too many options to choose from and in the end, only one choice to be made. By playing such games, they are are able to discover options and finally make a choice that they think is best. Their decision-making abilities and critical skills are also improved and honed. Knowing that they make their own decisions make them more open to and accepting towards the consequences of their actions.
For parents, watching their children play strategy games gives them an idea on how their kids react to other people’s actions. “Does my child easily get angry after a loss?” “Is my son aggressive towards his peers?” “How does my daughter react to winning or losing after a game?” “Is my child too competitive?”
Some people might think that such games encourage competitiveness for children at such a young age. The truth, however, is that games similar to UNO allow the players to be naturally cooperative. What that means is that such games give children a chance to feel a sense of belongingness and kindness. This is also where they are able to boost their self-esteem and exude confidence.
Participating in games also helps the children establish relationships. This is a great opportunity for kids to befriend someone and find a new playmate. As the child builds relationships. the child also develops and improves social skills.
The child’s interaction with other children also opens up different opportunities for learning. Strategy games are great for improving critical thinking abilities. They stimulate brain development in children. These games increase the child’s reading performance, math ability or cognitive skills.
Every game has a set of instructions that players should follow and this is what children first learn when they play. By joining games, children also learn essential life skills such as patience, concentration, perseverance and teamwork.
As with most games, there will always be winners and losers. With more experiences to such games, children are able to deal with surprise and change. At the end the game, children take on adult roles such as being a gracious winner and a gracious loser. Most importantly, they take on the role of a friend helping another friend on how to handle a loss.
It is important to note that toys children use should be appropriate for their age. Choosing the right toy can be quite challenging for parents. At Junction of Function, we offer toys that are both educational and enjoyable. We know how important games are and how vital toys are in early childhood play. Rest assured that we only give you the best toys your child needs.