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Sunday, May 25, 2008

Been "Board" Lately?

That's right--board--I spelled it correctly.

When my oldest was young we used to sit down everyday and play a board game. I'm not quite sure what happened, but my youngest doesn't get that opportunity as often. It's quite sad too because there is so much benefit in playing a board game.

The closets in our house were always full of games--Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Trouble, Hi-Ho Cherryo, Monopoly, Scrabble, Sorry, etc, the list goes on and on. Today, I am searching everywhere to find a game--but eventually I find one and we sit down and have a good time.

If you get a chance, go find those games, pull one out, and sit down with your preschooler and have a good time. Just like card games you teach so many things. There is colors with, counting when moving spaces, even adding when using more that one dice. There is also the aspect of building the attention span. One day you may play a game for 5 minutes, the next day 10, and eventually you may even finish, and have fun doing it! Sometimes it takes patience, but you will be doing your young one a huge favor in the long run.

My favorite game by the way: it's called SPLAT by Milton Bradley. I don't see it anymore, but I still have most of the pieces and my youngest still loves to play it. My oldest, who will be 21 in October, got the game when he was three. You make playdoh "bugs," travel around the board by rolling the dice, then when you land on a special spot, you pick a card and if any bug is on the color of the card you get to squish the bug and they have to start over. It's pretty fun and the kids love squishing those bugs. If you come across the game, pick it up. It's fun.

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1 comment:

KayceeFarrell said...

I have always LOVED board games and I'm working to pass along that love for playing with our kids. Thanks for this! You've renewed my passion to play!