Our tamariki love playing board games. With this they are developing their turning taking skills, learning that there are times when you get to act, and times when you have to wait; moving bits around on the board, grabbing the dice are things you shouldn’t be doing unless it’s your turn!
They are also developing that actions have consequences, your actions can have positive and negative consequences on both yourself and on others. Games give you a closed environment in which the cause-and-effect can be more easily tracked.
Most of all our tamariki are developing the notion of being a good sport – nobody likes a sore loser—or a nasty winner, either. Playing competitive games with our tamariki lets us model how to be gracious, whether you win or lose.