“Learning doesn’t happen through lecturing, but through doing. Encourage being curious and learn at the same time. !”
Both Mr. and Mrs. Blunder come from families where higher education was not the standard. Mr. and Mrs. Blunder were even the first members in their respective extensive family to get a bachelor and master degree. As a result, we are very conscious about education our children and ensuring that they have the best education possible, tailored towards their own personal situation and preferences.
Educational responsibility isn’t just delegated to teachers. As parents we can create an interest in being curious and educating one-self. This will then trigger a belief and understanding in our children that will allow them to be curious and learn throughout their life. To achieve this, we found a fun new way which we hadn’t tried before. Board games! Board games make learning fun for children and we underestimated their potential.
We had always thought that board games were the traditional type of games that one would find in any house. Games such as monopoly (and it’s many variants, like star wars, Mario, Disney, Marvel, Game of Thrones) and snake & ladders. Not the games that we could use to combine fun, curiousity and education.
Then we found out that we had made a blunder and weren’t aware of the evolution that board games have gone through. Here are a couple of games we’ve used to keep our children curious, collaborate and have fun.
52 playing cards can provide many different creative ways to have fun and educate at the same time. 2 games that we as a family enjoy playing are fairly simple. One is higher/lower, the other is memory. What makes it fun, is that the winner get’s to choose either what we do that day or what’s for dinner.
has many different names and here is how we play it. There is one dealer and as many players as you want. The dealer show one card and the player who’s turn it is, chooses if the next card is higher (A is highest) or lower (2 is lowest). If he/she wins, they get a point. If they choose wrong, no point is awarded. The turn the moves to the next player until all players have plaid an equal amount of hands.
can be played with normal playing cards or with specific memory sets. All cards are turned face down and mixed. Players take turns flipping over 2 cards. If they have the same value (e.g. 2x 4) then they keep the set and flip over 2 other cards. If they get it wrong, it goes to the next player. Turns continue until all cards have been flipped over. The winner is determined with the most cards.
For everybody who hasn’t played Carcasonne, it’s a very easy and fun way to build together a world filled with roads and cities. There are plenty of expansion to build on the base game once everybody understands the game.
What we enjoy from this game, is that you can see a world being created and tell each other stories. It also has a puzzle element to it, which allows the children to train their spatial awareness. There is no direct “fighting” each other and it’s quite exciting every time you pick up a new piece and hope it fits your city plan. Try it out!
Ticket to Ride
As we explored new games, we were not aware that Ticket to Ride had become the new gold standard in games. Now that we’ve tried it, we understand why. The game uses real geographic locations (e.g. the United States, Europe, Asia) and allows the players to build train tracks. Each train track generates points and there are special missions that can be completed for additional points. You claim the train tracks by handing over cards with the same colour as the train tracks.
The game combines learning geography, colour coordination, long term planning as well as adaptive planning. If the track you wanted is taken, which alternative route can you take to still claim your bonus points. And the little trains help to increase the fun factor!
Hope we provided you 3 games that could help you prevent the blunder we made by not leveraging board games to have fun. Which ways have you found that show that board games make learning fun for children
Any games that you enjoy playing as a family?