Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Educational Board Game

Known as America’s favorite board game, Scrabble is the perfect educational game, easily able to be tailored to the age of the players. Practice letter recognition or spelling, and keep a dictionary handy to boost vocabulary by learning definitions of new words. As the age of participants increases, words are sure to get more interesting, proving that Scrabble is a learning opportunity for all.
The number of card games that can be played with just one simple and inexpensive deck are endless. From sorting to adding to comparing, card games teach little ones important skills and keep older folks on their toes. 
“Our family played cards often, specifically Gin Rummy, while growing up,” says Jennie Marienthal, an Illinois resident who hails from the tiny village of Skelmorlie, Scotland. “We didn’t see our grandparents often, but when we did, they’d bring a bag of dolly mixtures, delicious candies that we’d bet with. We played every time they visited.” Candies, toothpicks or pennies add a competitive element. 
“It was a great bonding experience for our family,” Marienthal says. “And there was a good bit of cheating going on with my grandmother.  She really wanted those candies!”
This is a great example of the bonding & memories created by family gaming courtesy of