Board Games – Part 2

In continuation of the Board Games theme, here is the second part of the series – Tips to teach children to play board games.

Many young children find board games overwhelming at the beginning. Following rules, taking turns, the number of players/cards/pieces may be confusing to little players. Children in the autism spectrum especially need a little added support. The following is a list of things parents can do to nudge their children along:

  1. Introduce the game board and/or the play mat. Explain how it is used by pointing out the starting and ending points. Also explain important points on the board which will lead to having certain consequences. For example, you jump from number 2 to 55 if you get a ladder on square 2 in Snakes and Ladders.
  2. Explain the die and the game pieces/tokens or the cards. Tell the children how to use a die and also explain how each piece/token moves. They may need a little practice before they get the hang of using a die. You may also need to guide them with some practice in moving tokens/pawns.
  3. Read the instruction card together with your child repeating each step slowly. Make sure the child understands. If the child seems overwhelmed, slow down. Try simplifying the game by playing with lesser number of pieces or changing the moves.
  4. Enjoy hours of endless fun!

Note: This article is the second part of a three part series on board games. To know more, watch out for the next part of the board games series.
Part 3: Answers to some practical questions about playing board games with children

The previous part is linked here.

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