- Build social skills and communication
- Foster strategic thinking and decision-making
- Promote teamwork
There is a lot to learn from playing games. They help teach life skills as well as develop cognitive skills that are important for learning. With creativity and a little effort, parents and educators can integrate games to their class to make more fun and interesting lessons. More importantly, games are great team building exercises to bring people closer together. There are many cooperative games to help children learn and have fun. Using these board games can help children learn and practice to work in teams. Cooperative games help children work on real life problems through play. For example, Mermaid Island is one of these cooperative games where players are racing against time and not against each other. Children learn to rely on each other and work together to move three mermaids to an island before the Sea Witch catches them.
An entertaining way to learn in class, Mermaid Island and other cooperative games require everyone’s participation. The players get to display their talents and learn from one another. This type of play helps children to build their social skills. Since the games heavily depends on group effort, players are constantly talking to each other to decide what pieces to move and where. Children learn to listen and contribute to the group. Learning to take turns and share. Developing communication skills. It is a good way for children to practice their vocabulary and social etiquette. Saying things like “please” and “thank you.” Developing their emotional intelligence cooperative games help a child practices patience and settling disagreements in a positive way. Building relations with other players so they can work together in other scenarios. Cooperative playing is a fun way to build everyone’s social network.
Above all, cooperative games such as Mermaid Island help children develop cognitive skills while practicing color and number recognition. Cooperative board games are a fun way to exercise strategic thinking and creative problem solving. Players put their minds together to create a plan. Deciding together their offensive and defensive tactics. In Mermaid Island and similar games, everyone shares responsibility in protecting the mermaids. Players can collect magic wands to use on the Sea Witch to make her retrieve a space. The player who has a magic wand can give it to another player to prevent the Sea Witch from catching a mermaid. Strategizing and deciding as a team, players see the bigger picture. Mermaid Island and similar games are fun and educational group activity that everyone can join.