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Why Taboo Can Be A Great Game For Young Children

Taboo is a very popular game among adults as it is often played at parties and other social functions. Taboo requires the player to use clues to get his or her partner to be able to say a specified word. However, the player cannot use the word itself or any of the five other words listed on the card. The player is also not allowed to use their hands or other body parts to act out the word. This sounds like a hard game for younger children, but it is actually very helpful to them for their future.

#1: It Teaches Children To Be Innovative

Taboo is unique in that it forces the player to give out clues to a certain word that aren’t obvious clues that would directly lead the player’s partner to the word. For example, if the word were basketball, and the taboo words were “rim”, “backboard”, “sport”, “free throw”, and “court”, the player would have to think of another way to get his or her partner to say basketball without saying any of those taboo words.

One of the concepts of Taboo is finding another way in when the most common way is not an option (the most common way being analogous to the taboo words in the game). Often in life, one must learn to find detours or find another way when the obvious road is blocked. Examples of this include: 1) finding a different material to build something if the material you are looking for isn’t available or 2) thinking of another way to fix something when one way doesn’t work. Playing Taboo gives young children the chance to build the innovative skills that they will need later in life.

#2: Taboo Also Teaches Young Children How To Thrive Under Time Pressure

Even if the player is able to come up with words that are on the taboo list, he or she must get his/her partner to guess as many words as possible within one minute. This kind of time pressure can force the player to make mistakes under pressure such as accidentally giving an illegal clue. In real life, pressure to perform under tight deadlines are always present. Taboo helps young children understand what time pressure is about and helps get the children on their way to thriving in that environment.

Why Scrabble Is A Great Game For Young Children

As most people know, Scrabble is a game where you have to spell out words on a board in order to earn points. Certain letters are worth more points than others and certain spaces on the board are worth more points than others. But Scrabble also represents a great educational opportunity for young children. It is obvious that Scrabble teaches children new words and expands their vocabulary, but Scrabble has other benefits that may not be obvious at first glance.

#1: Scrabble Improves Young Children’s Spelling

Part of the gameplay is having to spell words correctly. When young children play the game, they are forced to spell their words correctly, otherwise they do not receive points for them. Spelling words correctly will become an integral part of a child’s growth because spelling mistakes are often frowned upon in writing. As young children play Scrabble over a period of time, they expand their vocabulary and learn to spell more complex words correctly. This will really help children in the future.

#2: Scrabble Motivates Children To Learn More Vocabulary

This is different from the previous statement made that Scrabble expands a child’s vocabulary because this point is meant to indicate that children are more motivated to learn new words. As children continue to develop their gameplay skills, they will realize that they must learn new and complex words if they are to win. Children are willing to look in the dictionary more often and look for new words that are longer in length and will help them score more points. Over time, this will help improve their motivation to learn new words in general and not just for the game itself.

#3: Scrabble Also Represents A Parent’s Opportunity To Teach The Child New Vocabulary

Board games represent an opportunity for families to come together and bond. Scrabble is no exception. Whenever parents play with their children, it gives them a great chance to teach their kids new words. It is hard nowadays to sit kids down and motivate them to learn. Thus, it is advisable to keep the child busy in a game setting where they can have fun and learn at the same time. Scrabble accomplishes just that.