The value of board games can last a lifetime

Occasionally, our family gets together and play board games; especially during the holidays when everyone has finished eating a good meal.  Someone will bring out monopoly, sequence, risk, or some board game. We will all compete to win while talking trash as we play. According to Motivated Minds, “learning through play isn’t just for preschoolers. It continues throughout school, and indeed throughout life. When seven-year-olds play board games they sharpen their social skills, learning to negotiate and to be a good sport. And depending on the game, they may also hone their thinking skills. Ten-year-olds develop planning and organizational abilities when they bake a cake or build a model airplane. Chess and bridge help teenagers think hypothetically and consider multiple variables simultaneously.

Adults learn through play too. When I have time, I read French novels for fun, but in the process, I develop my French vocabulary. My father, in his eighties, takes courses at his local junior college in Spanish and law.

We call such learning “play” because it’s undertaken for enjoyment rather than for a practical purpose or a reward. But adults still learn from these activities. In fact, some psychologists believe that adults who play often are more productive. The most creative adults, said the psychoanalyst Erik Erikson, are those with least separation in daily life between work and play.”

The lesson learned for anyone is to keep playing as you grow from childhood to adulthood. It will increase your cognitive abilities as you grow up and grow older. 

 

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