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Board Games ,让儿童有非智力因素发展的机会

1 Apr

处于6至12岁儿童时期的孩子,整体上正处于“团帮时期”。这是因为在这时期的孩子逐渐脱离幼儿时期以自我为中心的思维模式,积极朝向社会性发展。纵观过去,孩子在儿童时期会通过成群结伙的游戏中,学习与人交流互动、并学会待人接物的礼仪规则,从而提升自身的社交性因素。但是,现今家用电脑的普及,促使孩子沉迷于电脑游戏的虚拟世界内,逐渐失去与伙伴们游戏互动的机会。翻阅各有关儿童与青少年课题的报道,我们不难发现现今大部分的孩子缺乏与他人建立良好关系的能力,致使本身在生活上越来越变得孤立和缺乏生活乐趣。此外,缺乏同伴间的互动交流,也会使步入儿童时期的孩子缺乏对周遭事物进行系统性和逻辑化思考的学习机会。再者,现今的孩子因缺乏适当的身心舒展活动,使他们无法有效地抵抗各种压力和挫折,进而生发各种心理上的问题。

近期在外国风行的Board Games无疑让孩童在社交性发展发面重现曙光。Board Games不但给予孩童与他人互动学习的机会,也满足孩童的社交需要。以策略性与小组类的游戏为例,孩童可以与同组伙伴共同讨论完成游戏的策略。如此,孩童不但能学习了解他人的想法,也能学习以多角度思考问题。在引导孩童玩“Hey! That’s My Fish”过程中,我发现到孩童只要通过正确的带动方式,就会逐步学习在决定任何一步前会先谨慎思考,与伙伴共同讨论。此外,他们也不会只是注重眼前的优势而会考虑接而下来形势。

整体而言,Board Games是让孩童在提高智力因素当中,也同时给予非智力因素发展如社交能力的最佳管道。本身在推广Board Games当中,发现到Board Games也不失为一种提升亲子关系的媒介。曾有父母与儿童一同玩Board Games如 “Surprise”中打破与孩子间的隔阂。在玩游戏中,父母有机会打开心扉,聆听孩子的心语,也让孩子能够向父母展示他们的特长与潜质。如此,两代之间能通过游戏进行双向沟通,互相了解。

Kids Game Day NGW05 20/11/05 @ Kids Edusoft – Hare & Tortoise, Ticket to Ride, Boomtown, Pirate’s Cove, Bang

21 Nov

Kids Game Day Report @ Kids Edusoft Cheras 11/11/2005
by jack208

Games: Hare & Tortoise, Ticket to Ride, Pirate’s Cove, Boomtown, Bang!

Location: Kids Edusoft, Cheras
Date/Time: 20 November 2005 12.00 PM – 6.00 PM
  

NATIONAL GAMING WEEK ’05

 

We kick-off the National Games Week with our Sunday afternoon Kids Games Day!

BGK Meetup - National Gaming Week 2005

The session started sharp at 12 noon with all 3 tables fully occupied. A smaller group of kids played Hare & Tortoise on Table 1, while the other tables were playing Ticket to Ride and Boomtown.

BGK Meetup - Hare & Tortoise 

These games are already familiar with most of the kids here except some of the  newcomers.. So after a quick round of rules explanation, off they go!

BGK Meetup - Ticket to Ride
  

HARE & TORTOISE

The Hare & Tortoise game always amazes us adults when we watch the kids play this game. Some may not like maths but they never stopped them from wanting to join in the game.

BGK Meetup - Hare & Tortoise 

When we facilitate this game for kids, we can always spot those who are excellent in their maths and those who need more time to work on the numbers. While the game in itself does not teach mathematics, it requires the kids to be good at maths in order to win the game.

BGK Meetup - Hare & Tortoise 

And all kids love to win in games.. So this is a great incentive for them to improve their numbers.

BGK Meetup - Hare & Tortoise
      

TICKET TO RIDE

Ticket to Ride is another fave with the kids. I guess the little trains attract them.

BGK Meetup - Ticket to Ride 

We’d a more aggressive group today as the kids were starting to block each other’s route! It’s amazing how the kids grew in their experience playing this game… their 1st game is usually focus on completing the destination tickets, the 2nd game sees them checking out others’ destination tickets, and their latter games would see some contriving to block others’ route – to prevent them scoring bonus points!

They are certainly getting better at this game.

BGK Meetup - Ticket to Ride
  

BOOMTOWN

On table 3, we have a group of young teens mining gold in Boomtown. Since both our facilitators were busy with table 1 & 2, the children in Table 3 “facilitated” the game themselves. In fact, Aruwin (12 yr-old) actually took on the initiative to brief the two newcomers on how to play Boomtown!!

BGK Meetup - Boomtown

Most of the younger kids have to leave at 1.30pm when their parents came to fetch them back for lunch and some family time. This left us with a nice group of 5 players… which is just perfect for… Pirate’s Cove!
 

PIRATE’S COVE

I believe there are two themes that are very appealing to children – trains and pirates! You can see the joy in their face when we open the Pirate’s Cove box to reveal all the nice components (kudos to Days of Wonder for the quality game), the pirate ships, the Legendary Pirate cards, the treasure chests, gold dubloons and the beautifully illustrated gameboard depicting the islands.

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove

A quick 10 minutes of explaining the rules to them, and off we get started with the game. The first legendary pirate drawn was Captain Hook and he’s an instant household name to all of the young pirates (who does not know Peter Pan and Hook?)

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove 

In the beginning they tend to avoid him (Hook i.e.). But as the game moved on, they realized Hook is beatable and they begin to fear him less. A few did confront him and lose (one after a very close and ferocious battle).. But the courage to face Hook again did not diminish.

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove 

One behaviour I observed in this game is that in some adult’s play of Pirate’s Cove, they tend to avoid fighting against the Legendary Pirates. They would rather flee to Pirate’s Cove!!

In this game, those who flee, be it from the Flying Dutchman or another buddy pirate would be labeled as “Chickendee” and have everyone laughing at him! Therefore they chose to stand their ground and fight… till their ship were crippled and they’d to limp to Pirate’s Cove….

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove 

In fact, one of them was consciously improving his Hull so that he can take on Captain Hook (Legendary Pirates tend to attack your hull so if you have a stronger hull, you stand a chance to defeat them)! And he did take on the legendary Captain in Sail Island and actually defeated him (and therefore gain 4 fame points!).

In the last round, the legendary Flying Dutchman moored himself at Treasure Island, awaiting those foolish enough to wait till the last round to bury their treasures. And would you believe it? 4 pirates actually chose to wait till the last round to bury their treasures in spite of knowing that the Dutchman will be there waiting for him (the facilitator made it doubly clear to them that the Legendary Pirate will be in waiting and perhaps they might consider burying their treasures in round 11).

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove 

One of them commented, “If I cannot defeat him (Flying Dutchman), then I do not deserve to bury my treasures!” Wow.. Such bravado! Hmm… most of us adults instead chose to bury our treasures in round 11 and then hop around in the last round playing safe. Here we have 4 young pirates deciding to push their luck and gang up on the Flying Dutchman for one last act of bravery before they retire to Haven’s Island and become the famous pirates they were meant to be!!

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove 

And the results??

YES the combined firepower of the 4 pirates did sink the Flying Dutchman’s ship… the CHEERS from the young pirates were deafening… A well deserved cheers I would add. They finally buried their treasures and then retire to Haven’s Island as famous buccaneers who defeated not one but two legendary pirates!

BGK Meetup - Pirate's Cove 

The children all love this game!!
 

BANG!

There’s enough time for one more quick game so we took out Bang! – a game with the Wild Wild West theme. We did a modified House Rule for Bang! In order to make it accessible to children. We’d seven players so the full complement of roles were played – 1 Sheriff, 2 Deputies, 1 Renegade and 3 Outlaws.

BGK Meetup - Bang! 

The game started quickly… the Sheriff (laiwah) played it cool, hanging around and watch the other players while one of her deputies started firing on the others. There were some petty fights here and there but nothing major until someone lite the dynamite and started passing it around. One of the unfortunate deputies were blown (RIP) by the dynamite and this event caused the outlaws to adopt a more aggressive stance and two of them started hitting the sheriff.

BGK Meetup - Bang! 

A fierce gunfight ensues in which a renegade and an outlaw were killed…. The final standoff was between the two outlaws and the sheriff and her deputy. It was tense and hot, another dynamite has been lit and moving around… a good shot from the deputy took out another outlaw but alas it was a little too late to save the sheriff who was killed by an Indians attack!

BGK Meetup - Bang! 

Till next… bye for now!
 

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Kids Game Day 11/11/05 @ Kids Edusoft – Villa Paletti, Ticket to Ride, Boomtown

12 Nov

Kids Game Day Report @ Kids Edusoft Cheras 11/11/2005
by jack208

Games: Villa Paletti, Ticket to Ride, Boomtown

Location: Kids Edusoft, Cheras
Date/Time: 11 November 2005 7.30 PM – 9.30 PM
 

FIRST GAME DAY FOR KIDS

Today’s the 1st Boardgaming Testdrive Day for Kids due to requests from parents from last week’s Kids Boardgame Party.

We’ve prepared a list of games that are suitable for children to play (though some may require house rules to keep the game simple). Obviously we have the favorites Ticket to Ride and Hare & Tortoise, but we’ve also added in Villa Paletti, Carcassonne, and Boomtown. Clans and Attika are meant for the older children in case some turn up.

BGK Kids Game Day Nov '05
  

VILLA PALETTI

We started with Paletti’s game of completing his dream villa. In this game – not unlike Jenga but improved with scoring and levels – the children are requested to help Paletti complete his dream villa by pulling out existing pillars from the lower level and building it on the next level.

BGK Meetup - Villa Paletti 

A game of dexterity and steady hands, this game is just the perfect game to start off any children gaming session and helping them break the ice. We played two games of Villa Paletti before we moved on to the next game – a fave among the kids (and some adults too) Ticket to Ride!
 

TICKET TO RIDE

Newbies were given a quick walk-thru of the rules, and off they go – using the BoardgameKids’ House Rules for Kids. Destination tickets were drawn, trains were counted and the youngest one starts first… Choo choo…the train network continued to grow….

BGK Meetup - Ticket to Ride 

Aruwin (left in picture below), a newbie to our gaming session, won the game hands-down. He was running away with the game halfway through and was just too far ahead for the others to catch him!

BGK Meetup - Ticket to Ride
 

BOOMTOWN

Next we move on to gold mining….. A game of bidding and probability plus astute cashflow management. This game can really bring out some “money habits” of the children.

BGK Meetup - Boomtown  BGK Meetup - Boomtown 
Angst and Joy for the kids during the bidding stage!

In the bidding stage, some kids spent all the money they have to bid bid bid..regardless of the value of the items available for bidding. Some keep their money and only bid where needed or when a good hand is shown. Some did not even know whether they should bid or not. 

BGK Meetup - Boomtown 

Boomtown is a game of opportunity, a game of making money…. Some kids “get it” very quickly, some take time to understand. Letting your children play this game will actually help you understand his (future) money habit a bit better.

BGK Meetup - Boomtown 

But did the children enjoy this game? Of course they did… one parent even wanted to buy the testdrive set and take it home for all her children to play!!

Ok, till next event… ta-da.
 

About Us

For more photos of this gaming session, visit our Flickr set.
For more gaming reports, visit our BoardgameKids.net Blog.
To discuss this gaming session, join us in Facebook.

To buy the games played in this meetup, visit our Web Store. We carry over 300+ games (with a good selection of children games) and provide prompt delivery to anywhere in Malaysia.