I’ve loved to play board games ever since I was a little girl, and now I am working hard to raise three little gameschoolers. Today, I am sharing some of our family’s favorite books for gameschoolers. These are books and resources for children who love to play board games.
When you play a board game with your kids, you are teaching them to lose and win with grace. If you have an overly competitive child, games can be an opportunity to teach good sportsmanship and how to handle the frustration of losing. Games help children learn that it is okay to lose! If you have a child who balks at any form of competition, games can help to teach perseverance and resiliency. These are important life skills that will serve your child well down the road.
The Best Books for Little Gameschoolers
It can be tricky to teach children to play board games. I have one child who is ultra-competitive, who always wants to be first, and who hates to lose. And then I have another child who detests any form of competition and prefers to play cooperative games. When we sit down to play games together, it’s not perfect. My kids fight and brag and cry and toss pieces, too. I always try to view our play as practice for the real world. These are the books that have helped teach sportsmanship… and those resources that have kept my little gameschoolers happy and engaged!
The best books for children who love to play board games
Winter is the perfect season for playing board games and getting lost in a good book … or twelve. Today, I’m sharing some of our family’s favorite books for kids who love board games. These books are filled with inspiration and educational ideas to keep your little gameschoolers happy.
Here are some fun nonfiction books for little gamers
Children’s sportsmanship books that teach kids how to win and lose with grace
I want to raise children who love to play, but I also want them to learn to win and lose with grace. I want them to know that there is more to play than winning, that it is okay to lose, and that it is important to be a team player. Here are some of the books that have helped me have important conversations with my children about sportsmanship.
Do your kids have trouble winning and losing board games with grace?
You are not alone. I have a kiddo who struggles with perfectionism. If you can relate, here are two posts that might help:
Be sure to check out these related posts, and don’t forget that I have a free 31-Day #GameschoolChallenge happening now!
- How to Choose the Perfect Game
- Building Your Game Closet on a Budget
- Game Closet Organization
- Finding Time to Play
- 10 Tips for a Successful Family Game Night
- Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling with Games
- How to Grow Gamers Using Amazing Gateway Games
- Gameschooling: Learning Through Play
- 100 Games and Picture Books for Play-Based Learning
- Gameschool Resources
Take the learning to the next level with these ideas:
- Make your own board game
- Board Game Templates
- Turn a favorite book into a board game
- Turn a favorite movie into a board game
Now, it’s your turn. Tell me: Do your children love board games? What is your family’s favorite game? Do your little gameschoolers struggle with sportsmanship and winning and losing with grace? What helps? Share here!
Cait co-hosts The Homeschool Sisters Podcast and is co-founder of Raising Poppies, a community for parents of gifted and twice-exceptional children. Cait is also founder of the Family Book Club at My Little Poppies, a fantastic community of book-loving parents and the Gameschool Community at My Little Poppies, a vibrant community of gameschoolers.
Cait is a contributing writer for Simple Homeschool and GeekMom. Her work has also appeared on The Huffington Post, The Mighty, and Scary Mommy. You can find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram
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