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ERIC Number: EJ1182203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Tabletop Games in a Digital World
Ragatz, Carolyn; Ragatz, Zach
Parenting for High Potential, v7 n1 p16-19 Mar 2018
Why encourage children to play board games? In the increasing disconnect of our digital lives, playing games provides a way to connect and relate with others on a human level. Strategy and role-playing games provide intellectual challenges and stretch creativity to keep the gifted mind engaged in solving problems. At the same time, the players must communicate and collaborate face-to-face. As a result, there are a host of skills that gifted children learn while playing board games: (1) Reading for detailed information; (2) Practicing addition, subtraction, and more; (3) Collaborating to solve problems; (4) Communication to share information and ideas; (5) Stepping into another's shoes; and (6) Expanding the imagination. This article provides suggestions for board games gifted children might enjoy to expand their skill set. Many computer games are Role Playing Games (RPGs) and offer many of the same elements as the tabletop versions. If a young person enjoys the digital version of the RPG, try a family or friend board game night, gathered around the table, and engage with others. Parents will likely find their child creating, calculating, debating, strategizing, compromising, and communicating for hours--not a bad way to spend a Friday night.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Parents
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A