From birth to 3 years, children’s brains develop much faster than at any other point in their lives. This is the time when they begin to learn and understand cognitive skills such as paying attention, reasoning, remembering things they have learned and experienced, and motor skills. One of the best ways to stimulate brain development and reinforce these valuable skills is to play with your child as they explore objects and physical spaces and learn to process what they see and hear.
Self-directed play gives children the opportunity to hone their decision-making skills. Selecting a game, concentrating on that activity, and completing it to the end is an important element of cognitive control and helps sharpen your planning and attention skills. And when children face a problem during play, they test their reasoning and judgment and their ability to find a solution. ‘Brain-teasers’ puzzles and strategy-based games help them reinforce their critical thinking skills. Within this type of game we can find some like Scrabble.
Scrabble is a board game in which each player tries to score more points by building words on a 15×15 square board. Words can be formed, as long as they appear in the standard dictionary, horizontally or vertically and can be crossed.
Some benefits that we can find when playing scrabble are:
-Stimulate strategic thinking. The player must think not only in which word he will place but in the way he will do it to obtain a higher score.
-Improve spelling. By having to validate that a word is well written for a score to be obtained, it forces us to improve this aspect of writing.
-Increase vocabulary. It allows you to constantly interact with the search for new or forgotten words.
-Promotes healthy competitiveness.
-Perfect social skills. This is because when we play, we interact with other participants.
-Improves cognitive functions. It allows the brain to maintain its flexibility by stimulating executive functions such as memory, attention, language, reasoning or planning.