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Benefits of Board Games

For the first time, On the Same Page is seeking board games in addition to new and gently used children’s books. There is no question that books provide educational opportunities and can help kids develop linguistic skills, but you may be wondering what kind of enrichment board games can offer kids. So if you are now wondering why we’ve decided to include them in our campaign, keep reading this post!

According to a study by education scholar Rebecca Bayeck, “board gameplay engaged these kindergartners in mathematical activities, improved verbal counting, helped the accurate identification of numbers, and enabled participants to compare numeral quantities” (Bayeck, Mathematical Learning).

By collecting board games for children, we will be enabling them to gain a better understanding of basic mathematical concepts which will serve them throughout their academic careers and beyond. Educational benefits are not the only skills kids can gain through participation in board games.

Carly Klayman, a LMSW with Manhattan Psychology Group wrote up a list of benefits reaped by kids who play board games, which stated “board games help children learn important social skills such as waiting, turn taking, sharing, how to cope with losing, making conversation, problem-solving, compromising, collaborating and being flexible.”

In other words, board gameplay provides and develops fundamental skills for children to successfully interact with others.

Board games are a great way to allow ourselves to think creatively and develop strategic thinking in a low-stakes environment. These sorts of games are also a good opportunity to have fun with friends and family. Giving games to families will allow kids the ability to teach their parents how to play.

By donating board games, you can give Samuel Adams Elementary students the opportunity to participate in an activity that allows them to practice these practical and social skills to have and maintain fruitful relationships with others.

Cover image: Photo by Nik Korba on Unsplash



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