Five skills your 2-year-old will develop when playing educational games
Did you know that you can play board games with children from as young as two years old? Board games are a great way to have fun as a family and to help children learn. There are a number of additional benefits that come from playing games; they enhance a child’s natural curiosity and are a great opportunity to encourage subliminal learning. Here’s just a few skills that will benefit pre-schoolers!
- Social skills
- Language development
- Numeracy and Literacy Skills
As they play, children will learn about sharing, turn-taking, following rules and even working as a team, amongst many other social skills. This is great preparation for nursery and school when they begin to interact with more children.
Game - First Sounds Lotto - £8.30
Playing board games can encourage a child’s ability to focus and lengthen their attention span. The feeling of satisfaction felt when finishing, or even winning, a game will encourage children to see more things through to completion. This ability to focus will be particularly helpful once they start learning other skills including spelling and counting.
Game - Farmyard Heads and Tails - £8.30
Children will pick up lots of new words and phrases when they are playing with an educational game, whether its subliminal or through game-based discussion. Adults could ask questions as the game is being played, encouraging children to point to and say out loud different features of the game.
Game - Flashcards - £8.30
Numeracy and Literacy Skills
Most educational games will be underpinned by learning skills – this might include matching and memory, language and literacy or number and counting skills. If children associate learning with fun from a young age, they will come to love learning, something that will benefit them throughout their lives!
Game - Sleepy Sloths £8.30
Board games are a great way to encourage problem-solving skills using real-life scenarios and activities - young children might not be thinking tactically, but they will subconsciously be developing problem-solving skills as they try to work out what to do to win the game.
Game - Red Dog, Blue Dog - £10.50
Orchard Toys collection of First Games offer a range of different gameplay, themes and learning outcomes that will capture the attention of young children, click here to view the range.