The advent of technology has created a billion avenues for children to engage themselves at the cost of ruining their intellectual development, critical thinking and forced them into repetitive mundane attitudes conditioned for rewards. The addictive nature of video games has gained increased popularity, creating lonely human beings failing to seek social connection.
The revival of board games that prevail since antiquity may offer a solution by helping us re-connect; to the fondest childhood memories, to each other, to family and friends.
Children and elderly alike want to spend time together with the family, they want themselves to be heard and seek connection. However each one is busy and face to face interactions are fading. Board games being all inclusive will encourage joyous conversations, and strong connect with family and friends in turn building better relationships.
Unlike video games, board games cannot be played alone but need players. Children call out to their friends, grandparents, family members to play with them giving them a chance to strengthen their emotional functions imperative for human development.
From preschoolers to seniors, board games are an all inclusive tool to connect socially and emotionally added with the joy of spending time with loved ones. Considering the plentiful benefits of board games, the onus is on us to bring back to life these super tools of enhancing physical, emotional and mental strength.
The hippocampus and prefrontal cortex of the brain responsible for complex thought and formation of memory gets strengthened by playing board games. Studies report that seniors who engage in leisure activities that are mentally challenging and thought provoking have less chances of developing Alzheimer’s & Dementia and enhance memory function.
Ultimately the brain is a muscle, the more the exercise the stronger it will be. Board games increase the brain speed scores in students and promote mental stimulation. Games such as Scramble® are an excellent cognitive workout; alongside the pleasure of social connect keeping depression at bay. They also sharpen fine motor skills; improve dexterity and coordination which takes toll as age progresses, while moving the small pieces.
Studies report that children with fond childhood memories of play succumb less to crimes. The experiential learning through play provides a strong sense of creativity and inquisitiveness making them better learners. The fun and feel good factor of board games increases endorphins and elevates mood. They form imperative platforms for developing social skills such as communication, sharing, waiting for your turn and interaction with people.
Lengthy board games help foster the ability to focus and lengthen attention span in children. Board games like Chess, Business entail strategy with fun. Such games motivate children to analyze moves, think rationally and take decisions. They provide an opportunity to read the mind of the opponent, assess the possible moves and select the winning move. The real time situations imbibe a rational thought process making them more realistic in analyzing scenarios. The constant planning behind every single move definitely makes them better players.
Board games prove to be an effective de-stress mantra for establishing emotional stability as children are less likely to express stress. The enjoyment board games provide release neuropeptides that combat stress.
The simplest of the board games such as snakes and ladders offer the inherent message to never give up and gracefully deal with the highs & lows of life. Life keeps changing for the good or worse; however we are always given a chance to improve in the next turn.
Board games are an effortless way to teach children how to deal with victory and defeat. Losing isn’t the end of the world and failure is unavoidable should be inculcated in children to make them mentally strong. Games incorporating a certain level of luck might even prove to be opportunities for parents to teach their kids to lose gracefully.
So guys, gear up, time to dust off the board games lying on top of the shelves and spread loads of laughter around.