DID YOU KNOW that the week containing Thanksgiving in the United States is labeled as National Game & Puzzle Week? Well, until recently, we had no idea! Now that we do know, it really does make a lot of sense. Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends, and tabletop games are a wonderful way to spend that time together. As a matter of fact, Playco Games has come up with a list of 8 reasons why playing board games is an excellent idea for everyone this holiday, as well as every day of the year.
It’s A Fun Way To Learn
Even when you’re enjoying yourself, laughing, and having a great time while you’re playing, you’re actually learning helpful and important skills when you tackle a tabletop game too. Things like decision making and reasoning are present in most games, and sometimes you are sharpening math and spelling skills, but doing it so quickly, you don’t even realize that you’re using some of those things that you learned in school that you never thought you’d use in real life! Patience is also another skill that gamers are practicing when playing with others. When it’s a great game, you may not realize you’re learning, but your brain remembers.
You Can Unplug
In this day and age, it’s difficult to pull yourself away from electronic devices. There are some wonderful digital games to play out there, and you can even play them with others online, but there’s just something special about sitting at a table and actually being face to face with other people. If you are going to force your kids (the little ones and the adult “kids-at-heart”) to turn off all of their electronics, family fun board games are the perfect way to make them forget all about those electronic gadgets… for a while, at least.
They Are Unplugged
Tabletop games don’t have to be plugged in, which means you don’t have to worry about the batteries running out or finding an outlet to plug them into before you can determine a winner. Simply set it up and get ready to escape.
It’s An Escape From Reality
Even if you’re playing a game that mimics real life, it’s not YOUR real life. You’re free to take chances and make mistakes that you never would in reality. There are also all kinds of fantastic games that immerse you in worlds you can only find in a great imagination. Forget the worries of reality for a while and enjoy a little game time fun. For instance, Playco Games offers a chance to build a brand new civilization, survive a dinosaur-filled jungle, or gobble up pesky little “heroes” in a tasty cup of tea. That’s not something most people get to do every day!
There Are Games For All Interests
No matter what you’re interested in, there’s bound to be a board game out there themed around it. You may have to do a little research if you have a very obscure hobby, but if we’re completely wrong and a game for your particular interest doesn’t exist, well, by all means, start making up your own! Game lovers are always happy to playtest a new game. Who knows? You may discover a new hobby you’re good at and give the world it’s next must-have board game!
There Are Games For All Ages
Games are made for every age-level and skill-level out there. Today, there are even a wide variety of “gateway games” that can help to take young kids and adults that are new to the hobby away from the classics you find at every big box store and slowly turn them into board game enthusiasts of a higher caliber. When made correctly, even games aimed at children are still fun for grown-ups to enjoy. (A lot of people have successfully done this!)
You Can Make New Friends
It can be awkward meeting new people for the first time, but playing tabletop games together is an excellent ice-breaker. You’re all focused on the task at hand, you’ll probably end up laughing together, and by the time the game is over, you’re loosened up enough to get to really know each other. There are a lot of gaming groups around the country, most likely in your hometown, that are always open to welcoming new members. After a couple of visits, you’re bound to have a new set of good friends.
They Teach Healthy Competition
Not only do board games help you learn the very important life lessons of being a good loser and a gracious winner, but they are actually good for your physical health too! Studies have been done that show they can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, speed up your response time, and improve memory formation and cognitive skills.
So there you have it. Tabletop games are wonderful for your physical and mental health, and they’re a great way to socialize and enjoy an activity with family and friends. Sometime this week between the cooking, cleaning, eating, shopping, and all that other stuff that happens around the Thanksgiving holiday, carve out some time to sit down together and play some games. We’re willing to bet you’ll have such an incredible time, you’ll be playing far beyond just this week!