5 Educative Board Games for your kids

Board games are one of the best ways to spend quality time with your kids and also help them learn in a unique and fun way. Here, we have curated a list of the best five board games that can be played with your child from 4 years and above. So gather the family, it is time for some fun!

1. Scrabble

Scrabble is one of the most popular board games in the world. It is estimated to be sold in over 121 countries and is available in 29 languages. This is a word game that follows the classic crossword fashion. Players must form words that are read left to right in rows or downwards in columns and is included in a standard dictionary. The gameplay is simple. Two to four players score points by placing tiles, each bearing a single letter, onto a game board divided in a 15×15 grid of squares.

According to the rules of Scrabble, if a player is able to play all 7 tiles in a single turn, that player is awarded 50 points in addition to the score for that word. When one player plays his or her last tile, and no more tiles are available to draw, the game is over. This game helps in:

  • Improving vocabulary
  • Problem-solving
  • Improves language skills

2. Mastermind

Mastermind is a popular code-breaking game for two players. The game is played using:

  • A decoding board with a shield at one end covering a row of four large holes and twelve additional rows containing four large holes next to a set of four smaller holes.
  • Coded pegs of six different colours ( White, black, red, blue, green, yellow)

The gameplay is as such, one player becomes the codemakes and the other the codebreaker. The codemaker chooses a unique pattern of four code pegs. This pattern is placed in the four holes covered by the shield. It is only visible to the codemaker but not to the codebreaker.

The codebreaker tries to guess the pattern, in both order and colour, in twelve turns. The codebreaker wins if he or she is able to guess the code in the correct order and colour within twelve tries. This game helps improve:

  • Strategizing
  • Mental problem solving
  • Colour combinations
  • Problem-solving

3. Chinese Checkers

Chinese Checkers is a strategy board game and can be played by two, three, four, or six people playing individually or with partners. Interestingly, as the name suggests, this game was not invented in China but in Germany.

The gameplay is to create or find the longest hopping path that leads closest to home, or immediately into it. Also, it is important for the players to empty and fill their starting and home corners. This game helps your child by:

  • Strategy
  • Problem-solving
  • Colour coding

4. Blokus Game

The Blokus Game by Mattel is an award-winning strategy game that is suitable for the entire family. This game is known to promote healthy brain activity and encourages friendly competition between the players. What’s fun about this game, is that it just takes a minute to learn.

The gameplay is fast-paced. The players take turns and place their 21 pieces on the board so that each piece touches another piece of the same colour at the corners. A player can claim their territory by fitting as many pieces on the board while blocking the other player. The one with the lowest number of pieces remaining wins the game.

This game helps in promoting:

  • Strategy
  • Social development
  • Follow directions and rules of gameplay
  • Critical thinking

5. Hoot Owl Hoot

Hoot Owl Hoot is another award-winning colour-coded cooperative matching game. Here, players must help the owls fly back to their nest before the sun comes up. The best part of this game is that children do not compete with each other in this game, rather they work together. This game features two different play levels so that your child can adapt to it. It helps in teaching children to work together because they all have to be successful in order to win this game. This game is for 2 or 4 players.

The object of the game is to get all of the owls’ home before the sun rises. To play the game, the players will choose a colour card and fly to the matching space on the board. This game helps in promoting:

  • Simple strategy
  • Problem-solving
  • Social development
  • Cooperation
  • Colour recognition

We hope these games help you make wonderful memories with your child. At Embassy Springs, we understand kids need the space for physical and mental activities when they are growing up. That is why, we have a Kids’ Club with play area, reading rooms and outdoor games so that children can learn new sports and inculcate the good habits for their present and future. Come, experience a better life with your family here, at Bangalore’s biggest and best-planned city.