- Build social skills and communication
- Logical and strategic thinking
- Enhance visual discrimination
- Build vocabulary
To be a team player one must be familiar in group settings. Teamwork exercises start from early age to get young children accustomed to socializing. Educators and parents give group assignments as a way of bringing everyone together. However, a natural and fun way to build social skills is through play. Games are a great tool for learning about teamwork and cooperation. There are many board games designed with this intend in mind. For example, Gnomes at Night is one of the many games that requires collaboration and communication to win. Parents and educators use these cooperation games to foster dialogue. In Gnomes at Night, the players have to work with one another to get the treasures that are across a maze. Children rely in one another, share information and sometimes give instructions which can later are useful in real life.
Just like reading and writing, communication exercises and games help furthermore in learning. Gnomes at Night and similar games help children expand their vocabulary. Requiring players to describe the maze and the contents inside to the other players helps children with public speaking and vocabulary. From learning prepositions to nouns, children are formulating sentences to guide their partners to the treasures. It is a fun way to practice the grammar and syntax. Parents and educators use these types of games as supplementary work as the child is putting in context what they learned. It is a fun way to use hands-on learning tools to keep children engaged and focused.
Also, board games such as Gnomes at Night help tackle other areas in learning. From a young age, children are developing their logical and strategic thinking. Gnomes at Night and similar board games help create scenarios where they can exercise through challenges and tasks. Throughout the game the players have to think logically about how to cross the maze without looking at their partner’s side of the maze. They need to analyze and plan strategy to retrieve the missing treasures and not but into walls. Exercising their spatial reasoning as well children take turns to move their gnomes until their path is blocked by a wall. By examining all the paths and passages, the players are enhancing their visual discrimination skills. Gnome at Night and similar board games are an entertaining way to keep the mind active and build strong relationships.