Who doesn’t remember hours of fun playing board games with parents or friends when we were kids?
Monopoly®, chess, checkers, Trivial Pursuit®, Scrabble® and countless other games kept us busy in the evenings, on rainy days or during visits to the grandparents.
Although video games seem to have edged out this “old school” tradition, board games continue to be popular among adults and kids. And in today’s busy world of email, cell phones and Facebook, board games are still a perfect way to bring together and reconnect family members.
Beyond relationship building and just plain old fun, board games also deliver many educational and developmental benefits for kids and adults, as described here, here and here. For example, board games:
So tonight or this weekend, consider turning off the TV, putting away the video games and dusting off an old favorite from the box in the back of the closet. You may be surprised how much you enjoy “kinging” a checker piece, building a hotel on Park Place or moving your army to conquer Europe!
No doubt the flood of memories from your childhood will mix with the pleasure of seeing your children experience the same enjoyment. Moreover, you’ll likely have so much fun that you actually forget about all the new “tracks” your brain is laying as it flexes to learn (or remember) new challenges.
Challenge: Play a board game this week with your partner, kids or friends!
Andrew and Dr. Katrina Katen are a husband and wife team whose love for learning, education and life enrichment inspired the founding of Inner Compass, a place in Grand Junction for self-discovery, education and successful living. Visit them at: www.myinnercompass.org.