Taboo is a very popular game among adults as it is often played at parties and other social functions. Taboo requires the player to use clues to get his or her partner to be able to say a specified word. However, the player cannot use the word itself or any of the five other words listed on the card. The player is also not allowed to use their hands or other body parts to act out the word. This sounds like a hard game for younger children, but it is actually very helpful to them for their future.
#1: It Teaches Children To Be Innovative
Taboo is unique in that it forces the player to give out clues to a certain word that aren’t obvious clues that would directly lead the player’s partner to the word. For example, if the word were basketball, and the taboo words were “rim”, “backboard”, “sport”, “free throw”, and “court”, the player would have to think of another way to get his or her partner to say basketball without saying any of those taboo words.
One of the concepts of Taboo is finding another way in when the most common way is not an option (the most common way being analogous to the taboo words in the game). Often in life, one must learn to find detours or find another way when the obvious road is blocked. Examples of this include: 1) finding a different material to build something if the material you are looking for isn’t available or 2) thinking of another way to fix something when one way doesn’t work. Playing Taboo gives young children the chance to build the innovative skills that they will need later in life.
#2: Taboo Also Teaches Young Children How To Thrive Under Time Pressure
Even if the player is able to come up with words that are on the taboo list, he or she must get his/her partner to guess as many words as possible within one minute. This kind of time pressure can force the player to make mistakes under pressure such as accidentally giving an illegal clue. In real life, pressure to perform under tight deadlines are always present. Taboo helps young children understand what time pressure is about and helps get the children on their way to thriving in that environment.