Book knowledge alone is insufficient for the 21st century, children and young people need practice in skills. Not just executive functions, also skills like strategic and creative thinking and approaching a problem from different perspectives. Board games are dynamic and provide that opportunity. They also provide the intellectual challenge that many pupils and students seek. Read how board games enrich your upbringing and education here.
Not everyone starts a game in the same way. Game theory defines at least 6 types of players and maybe even more. Who are you when the game is on the table?
As if playing is only for children! Adults love it too. We only give it a different name. Gamification for example. Or serious gaming or game-based learning.