In-service training in Udaipur revives use of board-games in primary education
In-service training in Udaipur revives use of board-
games in primary education
Dr. Lalit kishore 18 February, 2016
During a recent 6-day training of master trainers of Maa-Bari Centres held in Udaipur, the use of
board-games at elementary school education was revived looking at their benefits in cognitive and
social development and their suitability in multi-grade situation of small schools for tribal children.
The participants from the Maa-Bari project supported by SWACCH, UNICEF and CULP, were
given training in making simple board-game and a dice using card-sheets. The design for the
board was drawn on the chalkboard and making of the dice was demonstrated through paper
folding or origami. This was followed by the exercise of each participant to make board-games.
"As children approach 5, there is a need to develop sight-based cognitive skills and incorporating
number, letter, and word knowledge through board-games related to literacy and numeracy skills.
Besides reinforcing literacy numeracy skills, board-games develop logic, spatial reasoning and
strategic thinking and social skills," said the resource person.
A discussion on the experience of board-games as learning tools led to the realization that playing
board-games provides opportunities for spending enjoyable time together to master new skills and
concepts such as sight vocabulary; recognizing abstract symbols, shapes, new words, counting
along with eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity.
The board-games with dice and counters; like bingo; matrices; ladder and snake need to be made
by the teachers themselves choosing the suitable content and age-appropriate right game, said
the resource person.
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