Let's learn about shapes and counting from the Monopoly game board
Board games are great ways to connect and have fun with friends and families. During the holidays we bought a new set of monopoly, the original game, and my children (both young adults) had a GREAT time with their young adults friends, building houses, hotels, trading…
For today's fun activities, bring out any board game to play with your children. It can be Monopoly, snakes and ladders, chess, checkers, card games etc. Just lay down on the floor or sit around the table and start playing.
There are so many things your child will learn from board games, take Monopoly for instance… this is a game for older kids, i.e. 6 years and older, so if there is younger children involved, do have an older child supervising or helping out.
What can you learn from this game by just looking at it:
- the SHAPE of the board – what is it?
- the colours of the "houses", i.e. red, orange, green, blue etc
- learning to count when throwing the dice and when moving on the board
- learning about addition when tossing the two dice
- learning about subtraction when involved in money exchange
- learning to take turns
- learning to bargain/barter when trading houses/cards
- learning to count the money (counting)
- learning about budgeting when planning to build houses or hotel
- learning about multiplication when building several hotels or houses in one go
- learning the reality of foreclosure of houses and hotels 🙁
Learning should be fun and through repetition, and counting/maths will become second nature to your child. Have fun connecting with your children, and have fun learning at the same time.