Today in my classroom, we played Junior Monopoly as part of our tuning- in activity for the Unit of Inquiry on trade. Twenty 7-year-olds were divided into four groups. We stuck the game board with blu-tack on the blackboard. Each team named itself and picked its colour. I wish you were there to see the excitement of the class as we were rolling the die, buying and selling the services, picking out the chance cards and dealing with money!
Apart from the Math concepts, games like Monopoly work on children’s social skills. Children get an opportunity to practice cooperation, teamwork, resolving conflicts, taking on different roles and taking turns.
Parents and teachers, don’t underestimate the educational and developmental significance of board games. If you don’t have them at home or in your classrooms, please get them and start playing with the children. And remember to play with them for the first few times and then they can be left alone to practice their skills.