This summer, we’re trying to bring out some of the board games that are often ignored during the school year. Board games and strategy games can foster the ability to think, focus, and problem solve. Games require players to plan ahead and can help develop more sophisticated thinking skills. Games are beneficial because they foster social interaction and social skills. Everyone practices taking turns and following the rules. Games also help everyone learn good sportsmanship–winning and losing gracefully. A board game can cost less that taking the family to the movies and yet can be repeated over and over. Besides, they’re fun!
The game I want to share with you today is a strategy game called Quarto. (affiliate link) It is a challenging game that takes tic-tac-toe to another level! Players try to get four in a row by attribute:
- color (tan or dark brown)
- shape (circle or square)
- solid or hollow
- tall or short
In the picture below, DD is placing a solid square piece on the board. This prevents me from winning by placing hollow or circular piece. After she places her piece, she’ll decide which dark piece to hand me for my move.
My six year old is able to play this game, though it is more competitive playing with my 8 and 10 year olds who can both strategize and think ahead.
You can find the Gigamic Quarto Classic Game at Amazon. (affiliate link)
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.
Related Posts: You might want to check out the Critical Thinking Activities category for more board games and card games that our family enjoys such as Set, Quiddler, Who Nu, Blink, Lab Mice and more.
Be sure to check out the entire Summer Activities Series!
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