- Learn environmental science
- Foster spatial reasoning
- Promotes strategic thinking
- Enhance matching and math skills
What makes a planet habitable? In Science class, children use their observation skills and thinking abilities to learn about environmental sciences. Learning through interactive activities about what are the components of a habitable planet, science lessons are all about hands-on learning tools to help children understand and learn. Educators and parents organize different activities for children to recognize the importance of the environment and conservation. A good way to spark everyone interest in this field is through play. Introducing environmental science concepts through games makes the experience memorable and fun. Board games such as Planet are entertaining way to learn and exercise the mind.
Planet, like many other board games, is a strategy game that challenges players skills. Players get to create their own planet by using a polyhedron of twelve sides where they place tiles with different types of terrains. Players choose from six different types of habitats: desert, forest, mountain, water, and tundra. Fostering their planning skills, players mix and match the habitats to create a world where they can sustain the most animals and earn points. Strategic games are fun way to aid critical thinking abilities as players compete against each other. Testing their wits and creating tactics to win.
Another learning benefit of using board games to learn about environmental science is that it keeps children fine and motor skills active. With a three- dimensional figurine, Planet and similar games are good way to enhance spatial reasoning. Creating their own planets by placing the tiles on the polyhedron, players have to examine where in their planets they have the six terrains set up and how much space each terrain has. Identifying the areas where the animals will live. Comparing area sizes of all the players’ planet, only one player ends up with the animal card and subsequently points. Children have fun turning their planets looking for the habitat developing their spatial reasoning.
At the end of every board game players need to tally their scores. This is a great opportunity for children to sharpen their math skills and exercise mental computation. In Planet and similar games, besides being learning tools for science, the elements of the game can be used as visual aids for geometry class helping children learn how to calculate areas. Also, Planet and similar games foster matching skills which are part of math foundation. Making these types of board games fun exercises for any occasion. Bringing everyone together to have fun, these board games make learning interesting.