Board & Card Games
- Turn taking
- Sustaining attention
- Reducing Impulsivity: you have to wait for your turn, and then think about what you need to do before doing it.
- Sequencing: what step comes next: for example, first roll the dice, then move a piece.
- Fine Motor Dexterity: handling cards, rolling dice, manipulating small game pieces
- Matching concepts: colors, shapes, pictures
- Money/math concepts: number recognition patterns, counting
- Early Reading Skills: recognizing matching and naming letters, associating them with sounds.
You will probably have the most success, at least to start, having your child play with one parent, while siblings are elsewhere with the other parent. It takes a lot of effort on the child’s part to work on the above areas, especially sustaining attention and controlling impulsive responses.
Traditional games made by Milton Bradley, Parker Brothers, and Hasbro are great: Junior Monopoly, Scrabble Junior, Connect-Four, Go Fish, Old Maid, Alphabet and Number Lotto games. Ravensburger is a German company that makes excellent games that emphasize learning for children ages 3 through adults. There are also games that are constructed to reduce competition, and encourage cooperation – one company that makes such games is called Family Pastimes.
Older children can enjoy cribbage (great for math skills), Labyrinth and Rush Hour (motor planning), Cranium, and Cadoo by Cranium (great fun for mid grade school through adults, incorporating problem-solving, logical thinking, reading skills). It’s a wonderful time for positive interaction, conversation, and lots of laughs.
Other great games: Guess Who, Cariboo (by Cranium), Boggle Junior, Candyland, Chutes & Ladders, Hi Ho Cherry-o, Go Fish, Uno, Memory, Checkers, Rack-O, Jenga, Twenty Questions, and Old Maid.