Few games resist the passage of time as much as Parcheesi, perhaps that is why it does not need publicity and perhaps that is why it is not the star of the market, although no toy store can do without it, it will be for a reason!Do you want to know the benefits and values that the game of Parcheesi brings to children?
The game, among many other things, is an activity that produces pleasure and fun; it is an innate activity in the child. When he plays he does so without expecting anything in return, just for the pleasure of playing. The game implies action and participation.
Through it, the child strives and tries to overcome the difficulties that the game itself proposes, so it has an important motivational value. It should not be forgotten that through play children express themselves, discover themselves and their peers. Without realizing it, the child manifests his personality by playing. Of course, it allows socialization, it favors peer interaction and communication.
For the correct performance of the different tasks and skills that children encounter on a daily basis, they need good coordination of different types of intellectual functions that can be exercised and trained through play.
Memory is one of them, that is, the ability we have to maintain and manipulate information in our mind for periods of time to be able to use it when we need it; also inhibitory control or what is the same, the ability to control our impulses and thoughts, which allows us to resist temptations, distractions and be able to pause and think before acting.
Do not forget the ability to have to make changes, design strategies based on new situations or multiple perspectives that may arise, for which it is necessary to work on mental flexibility.
Play is a very important activity for the child and through it these aspects can be worked on in a playful way and, what seems more relevant to me, the foundations are laid for the child to generalize these learnings and transfer and use them in different contexts, environments or daily situations.
I can think of many games and toys that embody all these values and principles that I have cited, and among them, Ludo.How can a game that is centuries old embody all that I have discussed above? I invite you to a game!
The first thing that is needed, in addition to luck, are companions for the game (friends, parents, siblings, grandparents ...) so from the beginning we are working on socialization, strengthening personal relationships, fostering camaraderie, sharing and perhaps, if necessary, also inclusion.
Without realizing the children, from the beginning, they are communicating and expressing, reaching agreements on the chosen tile and showing roles that are already established early on, such as the leader who organizes the game or the one who is satisfied with the tile of the color that nobody wanted.
It is also required a necessary handling, albeit basic, of numbersA circumstance that can be used, especially with the little ones who are starting with mathematical concepts to learn to count in an orderly manner without skipping any number, and of course, no box. It is worth noting that in these cases, each time you fall into a box you play with the child or involve others, if necessary, to recognize and identify the number that you dial.
Every time the die is rolled, your abstract thinking is developing, since the signs of the dice (dots) must be identified with a number (digit), a very important circumstance in children of less advanced ages.
It can play to do operations adding or subtracting, mentally, the number of the square in which you are with the number that has come out on the die, without the need to count one by one or from square to square. At the same time you can work with even or odd numbers, tens, units and a whole universe of mathematical possibilities depending on the capabilities of the players or the level we want to reach.
Parcheesi, which may seem like a game of chance, requires some reasoning and planning, that is, design a game strategy taking into account the opponents and their movements - read the game - in this way the child has to think if it is more convenient to move one piece or another depending on how the game is developing departure.
A more complex question and, linked to the above, is the ability to rectify the previously established plan, Either because things do not work as one wanted, or because a situation arises that can be advantageous for oneself; in this way, the ability to be flexible and make changes on the fly is put into practice, as well as the ability to solve problems that were not previously available.
It is assumed that Parcheesi is a game of concentration, so the child's ability to abstract from external stimuli that deconcentrate him (he works attention and its maintenance) and prevent him from playing fully is worked on. Knowing how to stop and think is a very important resource that is trained with this game and that the child will be able to use on future occasions. In addition, you have to be aware of the movements of your rivals, before the possibility that they can eat a token or it is you who does it.
Know how to win and lose, manage emotions, stress, possible rivalries, frustration and regulate behavior are other aspects that can be worked on and trained with this game. The fury and rage that the fact of losing a tile can entail, or on the contrary, the excessive euphoria that can be generated in the inverse situation, allows the adult not only to observe some traits of the players' personality, but also also, it gives you the possibility to act in situ controlling and rectifying the situation.
Another fundamental aspect that can be practiced with this game is the waiting time. We can help to work with any child, but especially with those who are more impulsive or nervous who have more difficulties to contain themselves, and who manifest this behavior in play but which surely occurs in more contexts. This can be done by respecting the established turns and following the rules of the game. In this way, in addition, the rights of all the companions are taken into account and obligations are assumed so that the game is possible; The external regulation of the adult is important with their comments and recommendations, making explicit the strategies so that they learn to play.
That said, it can be said that, like many other educational games, Parcheesi creates bonds, offers values, principles and many learnings. The game is an activity to which the child spends a lot of time, so everything he practices playing can be applied to other situations and contexts. You will learn from the experiences that the game provides. It is important that you discover that it is okay to fail, to acknowledge your mistakes and rectify them. Starting a new game over is a good opportunity to do so.
This is why I end up saying that gambling, while fun, is a very serious activity and, as adults, we must carefully observe what and how our children play. So get ready, it's your turn, the dice are in the air and now is your turn to move.
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