The Benefits of Playing Games for Children

by | Jan 19, 2021 | Family, Mental Health, Parenting with Purpose, School, Uncategorized

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There are many benefits of playing games and playground games for children. Games might be played independently, in partners or in small groups. The overarching benefit for all is that board games can be played anywhere and at any time. Also there are many free kids games you can play.

make PLAYING GAMES A habit

Make playing games a habit. Playing board games should be a habit that is established in each family. This means not just enjoying it once in a while, but a regular scheduled activity for your family. Rotate games so that everyone stays interested each week. 

character traits

Some of the benefits of playing games include the character traits that are taught at school every day. These are traits that help children throughout the entire life. The more practice using these traits the easier it is to use them. They become ingrained in daily life. These include:

  • Cooperation
  • Assertion
  • Responsibility
  • Self-control
  • Empathy

many benefits

There are many benefits to playing games as a family and friends. Some of these include:

  1. Taking turns
  2. Being patient
  3. Learning how to win and lose
  4. Following rules
  5. Working together
  6. Strengthening relationships
  7. Enhancing creativity


Fine motor, large motor and cognitive skills are practiced when playing board games or playground games. Fine motor includes moving small pieces on the board such as dice to roll, spinners to spin, and any specific game pieces included in the game. Large motor would include playing four-square, basketball, or using larger items to complete the game. Cognitive skills include those skills having to do with math, reading, writing, or any other skill involving thinking. For example, games like Scrabble or Monopoly would benefit children.

Ultimately children want to spend time with their parents and their friends. Games can be played anywhere and anytime. Playing games creates that type of environment for both. Fortunately it gives children the opportunity to learn and grow while having fun.

  • Monopoly (If you love Monopoly as much as I do, you HAVE to check out this site with other games like Monopoly.)
  • Stratego
  • Chess
  • Backgammon
  • Checkers
  • Chinese Checkers
  • Candyland
  • Trouble
  • Guess Who?
  • Yahtzee
  • Clue
  • Uno
  • Puzzles
  • Jump Rope

There are many benefits to playing games for children. If you are looking for safe games for kids to play online check out Safe Kid Games.

By Dr. Kim Grengs, Parent Coach

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