- Develop spatial recognition
- Planning and strategic thinking
- Enhance problem solving skills
- Exercise math skills
Game time can be part of learning. Studies have shown that board games work on a player’s cognitive skills and keep children engaged in class. They are an activity to do at any time or place. During class or outside the classroom board games are entertaining way to encourage children to maintain their minds active. For example, the board game Qwirkle is a strategic game that foster players problem-solving skills. Like many other board games, it helps children practice planning different scenarios and helps them think step ahead. Skills that are beneficial when faced with practical problems.
Another benefit of playing board games is that it helps develop spatial recognition. A cognitive skill that is acquired through observation, spatial recognition skill allows young children to make sense of the objects that surround them how they are connected one to another. A game like Qwirkle helps spatial recognition by assign value to sequences of shapes and colors. Players have to arrange the tiles on the board to get the points. Analyze their hands to find the most optimal use just like in other games like Scrabble and Domino.
Parents and educators can integrate board games such as Qwirkle to their lessons to help child’s math skills stay sharp. Brining a new perspective to how children view math. The math exercises are different in each turn so a child wouldn’t find them repetitive or boring. Plus, the sums are simple so young children can participate keeping tally. Also, a child exercises their memory capacity by remembering everybody’s scores throughout the game. Keeping score of the points and doing mental addition are fun exercises to enhance everyone’s math skills through play.
Qwirkle and other board games challenge the players’ intellect in other ways. These types of games require strategic thinking and planning. Players come up with different tactics to get the most amount of points. The goal of a game like Qwirkle is to place strategically a row of six tiles of the same color or shape to get double the points. Players have to be careful not to place a tile that could give the advantage to another player to make six tile row and earn the points. Board games are a fun way to exercise critical thinking as the players analyze and plan their moves. Everyone can have good time while learning something new.