A Snail’s Race
Have you ever played the childhood game A Snails Pace? For those of you that have not it is such a fun game. This game has six color snails that you move across the board depending upon the colors rolled on two dice. The premise of the game is a prediction of which color will win. You can purchase this game on many online sites and find it most stores.
Did you know that playing board games can help build your child’s social skills?
What are social skills? Social skills are the skills required for every day interactions and communication with others. Building your child’s social skills can help set them up for success later in life. Social skills help us navigate through every social interaction we encounter.
What social skills are essential for your child?
- Communication skills (Both verbal and nonverbal)
- Emotional Regulation as well as identifying and expressing emotions
- Direction Following
- Feedback (Giving and Receiving)
- Taking Turns and Sharing
- Patience and waiting
Board games just like “A snail’s Race” works on many of them. In this game my daughter and I reviewed the rules, communication who would go first, discussed our “winning predictions” of the snails and took turns while waiting patiently for our turn. This game also had a bonus of utilzing fine motor skills to move the snails and shake the dice.
My daughter’s prediction was that the pink snail would win and unfortunately it came in almost last. We were able to work on expressing frustration appropriately and problem solve coping strategies. Because this game is based on a prediction we were able to discuss luck of rolling the dice.
Children learn social skills through role-modeling, practice, trial and error. We recommend that you grab a board game and play a game or two with your child. Also, for additional practice on social skills check our classes located on our webpage. All classes are kept to groups of 3-5 children and virtual.