A board game is a tabletop game that involves counters or pieces moved or placed on a pre-marked surface or “board”, according to a set of rules. Some games are based on pure strategy, but many contain an element of chance; and some are purely chance, with no element of skill.

Games usually have a goal that a player aims to achieve. Early board games represented a battle between two armies, and most modern board games are still based on defeating opponents in terms of counters, winning position, or accrual of points.

We don’t stop playing because we grow old; We grow old because we stop playing.

- George Bernard Shaw

Snakes and ladders

Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian board game regarded today as a worldwide classic. It is played between two or more players on a gameboard having numbered, gridded squares. A number of “ladders” and “snakes” are pictured on the board, each connecting two specific board squares. The object of the game is to navigate one’s game piece, according to die rolls, from the start (bottom square) to the finish (top square), helped or hindered by ladders and snakes, respectively.

The game is a simple race contest based on sheer luck, and is popular with young children. The historic version had root in morality lessons, where a player’s progression up the board represented a life journey complicated by virtues (ladders) and vices (snakes).

 

Scrabble

Scrabble is a word game in which two to four players score points by placing tiles bearing a single letter onto a board divided into a 15×15 grid of squares. The tiles must form words that, in crossword fashion, read left to right in rows or downward in columns, and be included in a standard dictionary or lexicon.

Ludo

Ludo (from Latin ludo, meaning ‘I play’) is a strategy board game for two to four players, in which the players race their four tokens from start to finish according to the rolls of a single die. Like other cross and circle games, Ludo is derived from the Indian game Pachisi, but simpler. The game and its variations are popular in many countries and under various names.

Benefits of board games

Playing board games can be more than just fun. These games are a great mechanism to test our pupil’s intelligence, strategy and skills. The way a person understands and reacts to different situations is what makes the game interesting and different every time it is played. Children will also learn colours, shapes, figures, basic operations and numbers better and faster while they play these games.

Board games are the best way for children to bond with their friends. We live in an age when everyone is busy with gadgets, therefore it’s important to build a platform for communication that will allow kids to understand their peers and teachers and be understood in return. Moreover, it also creates time for some fun.

Problem solving is an important skill that every kid must learn and board games are a stepping stone to acquiring these skills, as they try to recover from a heavy debt in Monopoly or avoid a crisis in the Game of Life.

Games like Snake & Ladders is a great way to teach young kids about numbers. Similarly games like Ludo, Business and Monopoly are a great way to learn strategy skills. Games like Scrabble and Soduku help develop improve vocabulary, language and math skills.

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