About Children & Family Parlour Games
Parlour games for children - more than just a nice pastime
After a certain age, parents will realise that it is no longer enough to give their offspring a teddy bear or a rattle. Even the game of sticking together, in which the little ones could discover their first shapes, has had its day. They want to actively play something that is directed towards a goal, something with a reward waiting at the end. This doesn't have to be anything tangible, because winning alone is recognition enough here. But a great family game can ideally offer the child much more.
Learning for life
Children learn that they have to follow rules when playing together for it to be fun in the long run. Concentration is trained, because if their minds are not on the game, they don't know whose turn it is, for example. There is also little advantage in simply getting up if the desire has passed or one loses. It is especially important for children between the ages of three and six to learn how to deal with losing, because neither in kindergarten nor at school can they simply escape to their room and be comforted by mum.
Cooperation games for more self-confidence
The most popular games among preschool children are cooperative board games. Children do not play against each other, but together for a common goal, as a team. An example of this is the parlour game "Balloons" by Chicco, in which all players have to defeat the grey clouds so that everyone wins. Another advantage is that there are different levels of difficulty: the easy version for children from three years and the advanced version for children from five years.
Fun for young and old
For many families, the only time to relax and unwind is at the weekend. A great game certainly won't stop anyone from doing so and also brings a lot of fun. For children and adults alike, the various memory games always go down well, as they are very easy to explain and can be played anywhere, whether on the table, the sofa or the carpet. Often it is even the case that the little ones have an enormous advantage here because they can remember the exact location of the individual cards much better than adults. But this is also good training for grandma and grandpa's brain cells.
Patience is a virtue
Perseverance is another point of encouragement for some parlour games. Family and friends need a steady hand in the fishing game, for example, to stay far ahead or even win. However, once the younger ones are practised, they give the older ones quite a run for their money. In the two Classic World games "Wall Game" and "Balance Game", the best case scenario is that there is no shaking. In the "Wall Game", hand-eye coordination and logical thinking are also encouraged when trying to pull out a brick without the wall collapsing. For the "balance game", hand-eye coordination can be trained as well as fine motor skills. If the wooden cylinders are placed on the crocodile, the children can learn colours and shapes at the same time.
Learning along the way
The most popular games for the youngest children usually do not have a real dice, but a colour cube. If you repeat the individual colours over and over again, including those of the figures, for example, the children learn the colours, numbers, letters, animals and other things in passing. A good example is the card game "Zero" by Chicco. Here, the focus is on symbols and colour tones in order to put one's own cards down before the opponent. A domino game like "Domino Tiere" by Spielba can also help to draw associations between a picture and a symbol. For example, three clouds are depicted and the number is printed on the domino card that can be placed.
But learning and development elements are not the only huge advantages of board games. Children love to be occupied and when games contribute to a positive togetherness in the family.