Anyone else struggling to add a little more fun to family life these days? Are you looking for the perfect activity to get your family engaged, laughing, learning, and having fun together? We have the answer! A good old-fashioned family game night!
While we’ve all been staying at home to keep our families and others safe, the idea of the family game night has become even more popular!
So many of you have shared photos and videos of your families gathered around the chessboard, learning about King Chomper and King Shaky together! This got us thinking: Is Story Time Chess the perfect fit for your family game night?
The answer is YES!
Here are 9 reasons why Story Time Chess is PERFECT for family game night:
1. Let’s get to talking.
Parents, are you struggling to find the perfect way to chat with your child about school, peers, and activities? You’re not alone! Studies show that children often clam up when parents question them directly about their lives outside the home.
Here is where Story Time Chess comes in! Playing a game that involves both mental stimulation and fine motor skills is the perfect way to open up a conversation with your child. When children become engaged in a game, it creates a more receptive atmosphere for questions about day-to-day life. Story Time Chess allows parents to signal to their children that communicating is fun, easy, and very enjoyable! That’s a win for everyone!
Children crave structure and tradition within their home life. When your family has a weekly scheduled event, it takes priority over other social events, helping children grasp the importance of committing to family time.
Planning a weekly family game night is the perfect way to instill a sense of ritual and purpose in your children. Traditions create positive memories for your children, ones they will carry into their adult life and their own possible parenthood.
Without the usual busy schedule of playdates and after-school activities, having a weekly, non-negotiable family activity is excellent for your child’s mental health. And yours as well!
In our current, shutdown world your whole family will benefit from looking forward to a fun weekly activity!
3. The family that learns together stays together.
Learning new skills and games together bonds family members, parents, and children alike! A shared experience is essential for family life as it boosts self-esteem and creates talking points for family members.
We are all dealing with limited social interaction outside our homes, so adding another conversation starter to your family dinner is a huge win right now!
Parents are the first and possibly most significant teachers a child will have. When families learn a new game together, this creates a shared connection and a culture of excitement for learning. When children witness their parents mastering new skills, this promotes a culture of learning.
Parents, don’t let the idea of a chess game intimidate you! Story Time Chess’s stories and supporting materials communicate the rules of chess to children ages three and up in a way that makes learning chess simple and fun. Best of all, no chess experience is required for parents or children to learn.
4. Teamwork makes the dream work.
Chess is typically a two-person game, but Story Time Chess creates an excellent opportunity for your children to work together. Encouraging teamwork and listening to another person’s plan is a considerable benefit of family game night. Set up a match that pits children against parents but don’t be surprised when you find your king in checkmate!
5. Creativity is key!
Creativity fosters mental development. Imaginative play allows children to explore problem-solving and new ideas in a safe and exciting way. Children often exercise their creative faculties while playing with their peers, both in the classroom and on playdates. Sadly, many activities have been canceled to keep kids and parents safe, and families are looking for games to foster creative play.
Story Time Chess fosters a mix of creative play and fluid intelligence. Adding imaginative storytelling to cerebral gameplay, Story Time Chess encourages children and adults to look at the world through a creative lens. When children understand that it is King Chomper’s big belly which causes him to move one step at a time, they are introduced to the idea that there are always creative ways to approach learning!
6. Take a look. It’s in a book.
We all know that reading boosts creativity and is an essential aspect of early education. But did you know reading aloud to your children is chock full of unique benefits?
Studies show that reading aloud to your children is extremely important to their developing imagination, social engagement, and concentration. Plus, it creates a bonding experience for your family that lasts far beyond childhood.
Story Time Chess incorporates reading into the chess game! Our set comes with a beautifully designed storybook full of creative characters embarking on fun, silly adventures.
Storytelling is a potent educational tool. Children have an astounding ability to retain stories down to the last detail. Telling a child an abstract rule may only confuse them. Instead of telling children what something is, Story Time Chess is perfect for showing chess rules, all through stories.
7. Game night is a healthy habit.
Playing board games is good for your health! Family game night can ultimately lead to a boost of endorphins, a more relaxed atmosphere in your home, lower blood pressure, and stress reduction. Who doesn’t want to sign up for that?
Adults need to schedule a time for play as well! Taking breaks to engage your brain differently, such as playing chess, keeps your mental capacity sharp. I think we all could use a little mental boost these days!
Fun is at the very heart of Story Time Chess. Our mission is to have children and parents playing and loving the game of chess. All with a big smile on their faces!
8. Hey kids, learning is fun!
Playing a game that encourages learning is a great way to incorporate educational play into your child’s life in a fun, non-stressful way. Story Time Chess sharpens critical thinking, encourages thoughtful planning, enhances math skills, hones verbal abilities, boosts emotional intelligence, and increases IQ. All while they are having fun! Yes, please!
9. Life lessons can be learned and shared around the gameboard.
As a parent, you understand that children are continually learning from you, their peers, and their environment. With so many kids facing the reality of online education and a limited social calendar, family game night is the perfect time to encourage your child to practice essential life skills.
Family game night is the ideal way to promote sharing, taking turns, self-regulation, following directions, sportsmanship, and cooperation. Story Time Chess requires children to follow the rules, take turns, and be respectful no matter the game’s outcome.
There you have it! Story Time Chess is the perfect addition to family game night! We can’t wait to see you and your family learning and loving the game of chess!
Ready to kick your family game into high gear? Get your copy of Story Time Chess today and let the games begin!