A classroom without a teacher is a classroom where all hell has broken loose. There is plenty of chatter going around, some child is testing his or her acrobatic abilities, some other child is carefully slathering paint on all the desks, etc. Now, imagine a classroom, where, children are arguing, talking, laughing and learning by themselves, without the teacher.
This is not an impossible scenario. You too can recreate the same, by allowing your children to play board games during free periods.
- Snakes And Ladders-The number kid (4 to 10 years)
‘Snakes and ladders’ is a traditional and ancient board game from India. It consists of a board with numbered grids and images of snakes and ladders which can either help the player move ahead or fall behind in the game.
- Children learn and recognize numbers.
- They can understand the concepts of addition and subtraction easily.
- Children also understand difference between ‘greater than’ and ‘less than’.
- Marble Solitaire – The smart kid (5 to 12 years)
Marble solitaire is a board game for one player. It consists of a board with uniform holes where the marbles are placed leaving out the central hole. These marbles should be moved only over the adjacent marbles to finally empty the entire board leaving one marble on the board.
- Children understand the importance of reasoning.
- Logical skills and critical thinking ability is improved.
- Chinese Checkers – The strategy kid(5 to 14 years)
Chinese checkers is a board game which has a hexagram shaped board with holes in it and pebbles at every star corner of the board.
The objective of the game is to race the pebbles at one corner to the opposite one before the opponents do it. Each player has coloured pebbles and they apply different strategies to achieve the objective of the game.
- Simple and understandable
- Improves strategy and analytical skills
- Children cultivate qualities of patience and thinking ahead
- Pallanguzhi – The quick kid(5 to 15 years)
The game consists of a board with series of holes arranged in two rows. Two holes in the centre act as banks of coins that need to be won. Pebbles are shifted from one hole to another by each player in turns. The objective of the game is to gain more pebbles than the opponent.
- Helps children learn to think quickly
- Helps improve math skills
- Improves hand-eye coordination
- Scrabble – The language kid(5 to 15 years)
Scrabble is a word game that allows children to place tiles, each have having a single letter printed on it, on a board with grids on it and form words. The game can be played by two or four players who arrange their tiles on the grids and gain points.
- Children learn new words.
- Improves language.
- Cultivates habit of planning in children.
Do you have your class playing board games during free periods? If you haven’t, try it out and let us know how it went!