A board game is not just fun to play, it even makes you smarter! A game enhances your analytical thinking, you learn to collaborate and it helps in learning communicative skills. Therefore it’s not surprising that boardgames are widely used in education today!

From children to (young) adults

Both in primary school, secondary education and beyond, boardgames are a great tool to involve students in the lesson. At the Education Square you will find all kinds of participants who have been involved with boardgames and education for many years. They can tell you everything about the best methods to unite these two worlds.

As a teacher, you cannot miss this Square, but there is plenty to see and experience for parents and children as well! Check out Education Square 2023 for all participants of last year.

Learning through play

The educational value of a game goes much further than literal curriculum. In the past, games were used as a reward and the focus was mainly on trivia through question and answer cards. Over the years, games have developed much further. The constantly new mechanics offer new challenges and a richer gaming experience. They make it possible to develop executive functions and language during play.

Can’t Stop

Patrick Zuidhof, the driving force behind the Education Square, has always loved using games in his lessons. In school, games are too often seen as a reward after hard work. While games can actually be a great tool in class. ‘By playing a game like Can’t Stop, students learn all kinds of skills, while they are dealing with the material in a fun way.

‘In the game Can’t Stop, you throw four dice, with which you then make two combinations. Here you estimate whether you will throw one of these combinations again when re-throwing. The chance that you will throw the combination 7 again is much greater than the combination 2. This seems strange at first, until you involve the piece of mathematics.

‘Place the different combinations in a matrix or throw 100 times and display the results in a graph. When 6 out of the 36 combinations have the number 7 as a result, even fractions come into play.’

Do you want to know more about the possibilities of your game or for your lessons? Come visit the Education Square at Spellenspektakel. By combining different sides with the knowlegde and experiences gained, great ideas are born.