Lawson have enjoyed running whole school activity sessions this term and we have narrowed our focus on games.
A few weeks ago students had great fun playing a range of “minute-to-win-it” games outside. It was a very popular activity session that we will be sure to repeat!
Last week, students from programs all across the school came together to play a board game of their choice. There were many to choose from, however some of our favourites included: Chess, Bananagrams, Exploding Kittens, Balderdash and Scattergories.
As well as being a great team building activity, playing games have a range of cognitive benefits including improving: coordination, attention, memory, problem-solving, and processing speed. Allowing your kids to play a board game also helps them practise essential cognitive skills, like problem solving. The hippocampus and pefrontal cortex especially benefit from playing board games. These areas of the brain are responsible for complex thought and memory formation. Board games help the brain retain and build cognitive associations well into old age too.
Board games are a key to keeping your mind active and healthy. Whilst they entertain and bring people together through competitive and cooperative game play, board games offer a lot more than just entertainment!