It’s quite common at this time of year to find yourself around a table playing a game with friends and family. Other than joy and entertainment, we know there are many educational benefits to playing games. They involve strategic thinking and planning, which requires players to use probability and numerical reasoning to optimize gameplay. One of the best part of games, they’re accessible. If games are chosen correctly, they can be engaging for all ages and abilities!
Heading into the holidays, we have identified six activities from our library of lessons that will work for any holiday party – whether it’s in your classroom or with friends and family at home. These games take little effort to learn and will capture everyone’s attention. The best part: they target number sense and data management in a playful manner. All you need are dice or a deck of playing cards to get everyone started.
3 Dice Games
These dice games get children thinking strategically as they make choices based on chance and probability.
3 Card Games
These card games get children practicing mental math skills as they assess card values, calculate scores, and strategize their next move.
If you’re interested in learning more about the developmental benefits of playing games, here are some of our previously published resources.