Family game nights! Are they important? Could they help my family? What do they teach? These are just a few of the questions that I am sure are rolling around in your brain right now. Well, I am here to tell you that not only are they very important, but they will help your family.
Now I am sure you are thinking ... sure Tasha that is all fine and dandy, but I need details, how do you know? Ok, ok, ok, that is fair. You do need more than just me saying it is true. So, I will tell you all the facts, because I did all the research for you. Don't worry, you can thank me later :D.
To start with, The Atlantic states that "There has been a lot of recent attention focused on the importance of executive function for successful learning. Many researchers and educators believe that this group of skills, which enable a child to formulate and pursue goals, are more important to learning and educational success than IQ or inherent academic talent." Which is just a bunch of fancy jargon that means learning how to learn and set goals for yourself is more important than a high IQ score. Guess where kids learn these VERY important skills? You got it! They learn them while playing games. So, basically games help your kids with real life skills.
According to Psych Central family game nights do much more than help with these skills that your kids NEED to survive in this world. Family game nights connect family members to each other, teach good sportsmanship, foster family communication, and are the stuff of positive memories. Some of this is common sense, of course playing game helps with good sportsmanship.
But, did you know how important it was to your family bond? Good memories last a lifetime (as I am sure you have heard me say), which can create a bond that will also last a lifetime. No matter how old your kids get, they will look back at those memories and smile, I know this because even as an adult with my own children I still look back at my own family game nights and smile.
Communication? How important can that be? It is probably one of the most important skills that family game nights teach your kids. You have to communicate with team members to win, which can teach good communication skills that will go a long way in the work force and with their future family. However, it is also important (maybe even more important) that your kids learn to communicate with you. When something goes wrong we want to be the first ones that they tell. Family game nights create this kind of a trust within your family. Your kids will open up to you about problems, which will allow you to teach them how to solve them or God forbid, help them fix an even bigger problem that could ruin their entire future.
With these skills alone it is a no wonder that family game nights are becoming a regular in households all around the world. So, my hope is that with this family game night research you have learned just how important it is to make it a part of your families routine.
I do feel however, that I should make it very clear that this research is all based on BOARD GAMES. You will not get the same results with any other kind of game. Keep it screen free and you will all learn those amazing skills and create family memories that last a lifetime.
Below are direction on how to play the game Backgammon. For video directions please visit https://www.sewfunmtgames.com/pages/how-to-play
- Backgammon is played on a board that consists of 24 narrow triangles that are called points. The points alternate in color and are grouped into four quadrants of six points each. There are four types of quadrants: the player's home board and outer board and the opponent's home board and outer board. The intersection of these four quadrants, the middle of the board, are separated by a seem or line called the bar.
- Each player must set up his or her 15 pieces for the game to begin. The pieces will be comprised of two distinct colors. To set up the board, each player must place two pieces on their 24th point, three pieces on their 8th point, five pieces on their 13th point, and five more pieces on their 6th point. Remember, each player has their own numbering system, so the pieces will not overlap.
- Roll a die to determine who goes first.
- Player 1 rolls the dice. The numbers rolled represent two separate moves. For example, if you roll a 3 and a 5, you can move one piece three points and another piece five points or you can move one piece eight points.
- You must move your pieces to an open point. An open point is any Pic. 3 point on the board that has one or less piece. You can move your pieces to a point with no pieces on it, a point with one or more of your pieces on it, or a point with one of your opponent's pieces on it. Remember, you should always move your piece counter-clockwise.
- Once all pieces have been moved, it is player 2's turn to roll the die and move their pieces to an open point.
- Continue taking turns rolling the die and moving pieces until there is a winner.
- If a player rolls doubles (the same number on each die) then they get to play that roll twice. For example if a player rolled two 1's then they could move a total of four points.
- If a player can't move either number they rolled, then they lose their turn.
- If a player lands on a point with only one of your pieces on it, then you have to place your piece on the bar. You can only move your piece off the bar by rolling the dice and moving the piece onto an open point, starting the farthest from your home quadrant. If you do not roll an open number, then you lose your turn. You can't move any other pieces until ALL your pieces are off the bar.
- You can not move the total number of the dice if the two numbers that you would land on are not open. Just think of each dice as a separate move even if you are only going to move one piece.
- To win you must be the first player to remove all your pieces from the board.
- You must have all your pieces in your home quadrant before you can start moving pieces off the board.
- The numbers you roll must be exact or higher than the number of points needed to remove your pieces from the board.
"Wonderfully made hand sewn games that are so easy to take with you on the go! It doesn’t take up any room when I’m loading my car up for a road trip. So glad I bought our game!!! Thanks Tasha the whole family loves it!!"
-Anita, Alberta Canada
This Sew Fun MT family member ordered a Mini Tic-Tac-Toe game at one of my recent live sales. I am thrilled that the whole family is enjoying the game and a road trip sounds like the perfect place to use this pint sized game. Thank you Anita for your order and I hope you can join me for some more fun soon!