Children are little bundles of energy, always raring to go, always looking for fun and excitement. Keeping them occupied and entertained is not easy. Since times immemorial, parents and families have sought ways of giving their children safe and entertaining games. Did you know Chess (known as Ashtapada and later as Chaturanga), Ludo ( known as Pachisi) and Snakes & Ladders (known as Moksha Patam, Mokshapat and Parama Padam) were all played as early as 13th century? Dice is one of the most popular indoor games and some dice were found in excavations in Harappan sites. There is enough evidence to prove that indoor games have been a part of civilization for a long time now. Over the centuries their formats have changed slightly but have retained the fun and educative part of the game.
The present day scenario of indoor games
It’s a fast paced life that we live today and we are connected ‘on the go’. Electronic devices such as smartphones and tabs are being used throughout the day, for both professional and personal purposes. Even children have started using these devices for gaming, videos and entertainment. Rarely will you find children running around in the street or park playing hide & seek, hop-scotch, gully cricket,etc. The content consumption on these hand-held devices by children is on the rise and is a cause for concern among parents.
Prolonged use of smartphones and tabs (exceeding 90 minutes on a daily basis) is believed to adversely impact the creative minds, disturbing their sleep patterns and damages mental health too. In this context, it is extremely important for parents to find ways of engaging their children that helps improve their mental health, IQ and overall well being. Indoor games that help children overcome the urge to use smartphones or tabs while also educating them are the need of the hour.
Benefits of Indoor Games
Most indoor games like board games, tabletop games and dice games compel kids to face the challenging situations and find ways of getting out of them. They help them push the boundaries of imagination and encourage lateral thinking. Children also learn to be more curious, inquisitive and expressive.
Improves memory and attention span-
Indoor games enhance memory and fact retention in young minds. As they have to stay away from smartphones that provide instant answers to even the most basic queries,the children are compelled to think on their own, try to memorize facts and use the appropriate data when needed. This in turn also enhances their concentration and attention span.
Social Skills and Decision Making-
When playing indoor games, children get used to working in teams and competing with rivals in a healthy way. This helps develop their social skills and sense of teamwork. It also helps them in critical thinking and decision making, especially when they are faced with important and time bound decisions.
Comfort and Safety of Home-
When playing outdoors, there is a risk that they get hurt or injured. That said it is important for children to get some physical activity. However, when they are playing in the comfort and safety of home, parents can be at peace. Especially during summer and rainy season when venturing out of the house is rather difficult, indoor games make for a great alternative.