School-Age children through Adult
Classic Board Games
Areas developed: Planning, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication, Patience, Focus, Processing, Working Memory, Organization
It’s time to move away from video games and dust off those classic board games.
Board games used to be a staple of entertainment for many families… and for good reason! Classic board games combine fun with learning, while simultaneously strengthening family bonds through interaction. Let’s review a few classic board games from your childhood. These games are still relevant today and help strengthen executive functioning.
- Monopoly: Perhaps the granddaddy of all board games, this classic improves counting, addition, subtraction, and the basics of working-memory-based problem-solving. Obviously, the movement of the tokens and the buying and selling of property strengthen mathematics skills, but there is also the problem-solving aspect, which requires anticipation and abstract thinking: ‘Do I spend what’s left of my money on a hotel since my brother’s car token is so close? Or do I wait until I’ve passed his properties, so I don’t have to mortgage anything if I get hit?’