Classic Board Games for Kids, What are the Benefits?
Running out of things to do this quarantine, I searched for classic board games to buy online. Last time, my kids requested for slime toys and in fact, I made a review. If you haven’t read it yet, please check at Parenting category or click it here, DIY Slime Kit Toy Review. Although they asked to make their own slime, they also would like to have a chess board.
Quite surprising! How did my kids learn to play chess? I checked their phone and saw that they downloaded an app. But they actually meant dama and my daughters were asking for the real thing. So I searched online and looked for chess board and other classic board games. I found a store and it also sells scrabble and dominoes.
For only Php 312, including shipping fee, I was able to buy classic board games from Lazada. I don’t invest too much on this because I bought quite expensive Uno Cards and they’re not taking care of it the way I expect them to.
I always find it on the floor, on the bed, on the carpet and wherever they last played with their cousins. A constant reminder to safekeep their toys is necessary. And often I sound like a broken record!
Classic Board Games Toy Review
Chess board – it is made of wood with small board and very tiny pieces fit for your little ones. Since it’s tiny, it’s not sturdy and sometimes one movement and all the pieces are down. But for the price of Php 60 for wooden chess set, I think it’s worth it! I am so happy that they finally know the rules of real chess! Two thumbs up, momma!
Scrabble – The board is made of carton, a little bit thick but wrinkled due to folding. The letters are made of plastic and also tiny. It’s something you can bring when you travel. I bought a wooden set for scrabble at National Bookstore before but I like this one better! This is not their favorite game and they often say that it’s boring but I have to insist. It really improves their vocabulary. I got this for only Php 141.
Dominoes – this one I think is not a good purchase. The plastic pieces are so lightweight and with very few too, 28 pieces only to be exact! There’s no board, I don’t know if you really need one. But it’s easy to play and it’s a good break after chess or scrabble match. I didn’t know the rules at first and I had to read the manual (so please ignore how my kids played, see video below) It costs Php 59.
The store is Toys Express. If you are looking for affordable toys, go and check it at Lazada! You might as well take a look at this unboxing video we made. By the way, please don’t forget to subscribe to my daughters’ channel.
Benefits of Playing These Classic Board Games
According to parentingscience.com, kids enjoy playing them, and board games are opportunities for families to play together.
Social scientists have argued that games teach lessons about getting along with others (Kamii and DeVries 1980; Zan and Hildebrandt 2005). For example, games may encourage kids to consider the concept of rules, practice following rules, reason about moral problems.
When kids play with older role models they can learn something else, too: How to win—and lose—with grace and good manners (Gobet et al 2004).
Then there are possible intellectual benefits. Many classic board games encourage players to detect patterns, plan ahead, predict the outcome of alternative moves and learn from experience.
As a mother, I save a lot of time and energy when my daughters prefer to play indoor games. What do I mean? They’re not sweaty, hungry or tired after, so no need to change their clothes and give them snacks. And I don’t have to massage any part of their aching body. Something they usually complain about after they play outside. Happy momma, haha!
Although I have to weigh it too! I know that engaging to physical activities is also good. Spending time outdoors provides significant health benefits. During this pandemic, good thing we’re not living in the city so they can still play outside with their cousins in our area. Although they’re off limits outside our compound.
So what are you waiting for? Get these classic board games for your kids too. Share if you like this article! Thanks for reading.