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Teaching crucial topics through board games?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by WillSmoth, Oct 9, 2019.

  1. Currently teaching early years and looking for some suggestions on board games with a bit of a hidden educational value. We often have a lot of "free" days around holidays and spring break where the children often take it upon themselves to bring in board games for everyone to play.

    I've been reading a bit about board games that help teach science but i honestly don't know where to start as i haven't tried any of these myself. Anyone have any experience with games that are both fun/engaging and educational. Thanks!
  2. grumbleweed

    grumbleweed Lead commenter

    Love it or hate it but my grandson learned most of his number bonds to 100 through playing Monopoly. Plus doubles, halves, costs of hotels etc.

    He loves games and I noticed he has little knowledge of the world, countries, seas etc so I'd love to know if there are good geography games out there.
  3. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    Grumbleweed: Does he like jigsaws? There are some good geographical jigsaws?

    WillSmoth, I would guess that in early years the problem will be learning to play any unfamiliar game. The ones they bring in will be ones the owner, at least, already knows how to play. The ones you've linked look as if they're aimed at much older children, anyway. Orchard Toys are pretty good for games for younger ones - but more useful for literacy/numeracy than science.
  4. Rebby765

    Rebby765 New commenter

    When choosing a board game, you should pay attention to its characteristics; board games should help develop observation, systemic and logical thinking. This is very important for children who have recently become elementary school students. Board games are a more interesting form of entertainment for children compared to regular toys and virtual games. If you want to find an interesting and educational board game for 6-year-old children, I advise you to visit the website with a wide selection of games and their description.
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Not sure what country you are in, but we don't have free days around holidays here, but board games are an almost daily occurrence in nursery and reception in my school. At some point in the say most children will play at least one game.
    They teach things like:
    Taking turns
    Winning and losing
    Problem Solving
    Luck vs Skill
    Encouraging others
    All of which are vital things to learn in the early years.
    Any that involve a dice or numbered board (snakes and ladders, etc) also teach counting and number recognition.
    Using a 10 sided dice helps with number recognition, speeds up games and introduces the idea of zero.

    From here, we have many of the counting games and matching and memory games. (Rocket game and two by two are the most popular, but they like lunch box, shopping list as well.

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