At The Big Box we think that every child has the right to play…
Playing games is an easy and excellent way to spend unhurried, enjoyable time together, but games also provide learning opportunities. They satisfy children’s competitive urges and their desire to master new skills and concepts, such as;
- number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
- letter recognition and reading
- visual perception and color recognition
- eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
Games don’t need to be overtly academic to be educational. Just by virtue of playing them, board games can teach important social skills, such as communicating verbally, sharing, waiting, taking turns, respecting the rules and enjoying interaction with others. Board games can foster the ability to focus, and lengthen children’s attention span by encouraging the completion of an exciting, enjoyable game. Even simple board games like Dobble offer meta-messages and life skills: Your luck can change in an instant – for better or worse. The message inherent in board games is: Never give up. Just when you feel despondent, you might hit the jackpot and ascend to new heights if you stay in the game for just a few more moves.
Board games have distinct boundaries. Living in a complex society, children need clear limits to feel safe. By circumscribing the playing field – much like tennis courts and football fields – board games can help children weave their wild and erratic sides into a more organized, mature, and socially acceptable personality. Staying within the boundaries (not intruding on others’ space, for example) is crucial to leading a successful social and academic life.
Play can also break down social barriers, cultural differences and combat racism. It’s a way of life showing how to enjoy moments by sharing value and time together. No matter who you are, where do you come from, your skin colour, your language, your religion, your wealth or your poverty: rules are the same for everybody! All players begin together and end together and each one has the same chance to win.
To finance this programme we allocate 5% of our income to buy new board games for schools and orphanages.
When you buy a board game at The Big Box, 5% of the price of the game finance the Social Development Programme.