Kids are smart enough to know that play time is more fun than school time. However, they are not experienced enough to know that learning is good in itself and can be fun too. If your kid has a tough time with school work, you’ll be happy to know that you can help them develop skills at home. Even better, since you’ll be playing cards, your child will be more willing to learn and have fun doing it.
Of course, all people like the feeling of winning and no one likes to lose. Yet it takes emotional intelligence and a great attitude to be a good winner. A good winner feels great about winning yet remains humble and considers the feelings of those who have lost. Moreover, it takes a special person to lose and see it as an opportunity to get over it and try again. Winning and losing at cards helps children become more emotionally intelligent, which is a skill they will need in and out of school for their entire lives.
There is nothing wrong with being an introvert. Plenty of healthy, smart, and successful people are introverts. However, it can be hard for child introverts to be more social, especially in school settings. When it comes to participating in class, learning to be more social can help kids gain a higher sense of self esteem, especially if they enjoy a subject and can supply the correct answers. Playing cards in a family setting helps kids become more socialized versus retreating to their rooms or hiding behind a phone or video game screen.
Particular card games require computation. This is a great opportunity for your child to add, subtract, multiply, and divide numbers. To give them added practice, you can make them the ‘official’ scorer, which would require them to compute the scores for all players or teams of the game.
The brain functions like a muscle; areas of the brain grow stronger with increased activation. A particular portion of the brain is responsible for short term memory. Card games, such as Memory, help children become better players as well as strengthen their long and short-term memory. If your child is a fan of Memory, find similar family card games online.
Depending on a child’s natural abilities, some school work may come easy to them. Most of the work at school will pose certain levels of challenge, which can be stressful and test a child’s confidence. Confidence is built through experiences. Children feel better about themselves by doing things successfully as well as when they overcome mental obstacles. Playing card games boosts confidence as children learn how to play and get better.
Games have instructions just like schoolwork and tasks within the workplace. Children benefit from learning how to play by the rules and follow instructions. It requires diligence and discipline to learn the rules and play accordingly. Moreover, children can teach younger siblings and older family members how to play games, which strengthens social skills.
Dominic Hicks is raising 4 kids with his wife. He enjoys writing on family topics once the kids are tucked up in bed and he has 5 minutes to himself.