What your child mostly needs and wants is to be with you with no aim in mind beyond the joy of spending time with you. He wants you to have fun with him, play with him, and listen to him. Nothing strengthens his self-esteem more!
So why not get out an old board game? Playing games is a good way to spend pleasurable time together. As a bonus, board games are also good in learning opportunities. They gratify your child’s competitive urges and the need to master new skills and concepts, like:
- Number and shape recognition, counting
- Reading and letter recognition
- Color recognition and visual perception
- Eye-hand coordination
Games don’t need to be academic to be educational. Just by playing them, board games can demonstrate important factors, like sharing, waiting, communicating verbally, taking turns, and appreciating interaction with others.
Board games can nurture the capability to focus, and increase your child’s attention span by boosting the completion of an exciting, fun game. Even simple board games such as Candyland provide messages and life skills. Your luck can change quickly, for the better or for the worse. The message inbuilt in board games is this: Never give up! Just when you feel hopeless, you might hit the jackpot and ascend upward. But only if you remain in the game for just a few more moves.
Board games have clear boundaries. Living in an intricate society, children need pure limits to feel safe. By restricting the playing field, like tennis courts and football fields, board games can aid your child unite his wild and erratic side into a more mature, organized, and socially acceptable personality. After all, staying in the boundaries (not encroaching on others’ space) is critical to having a successful social and academic life.