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Monday, December 1, 2008

Tips to Finding Educational Games for Kids

Kids and games go hand in hand. They love playing them, talking about them, and finding out about new ones. Unfortunately, not all children's games are created equal. Many of the games your child will come across have no educational value what-so-ever. In fact, many of them will actually do more harm than good!

Which is why finding education games for your kids is so crucial. Sure, you want them to have fun. But, you want them to learn a little something in the process. Unfortunately, many games call themselves "educational" when they are anything but. Just because they throw in a few primary colors and letters and numbers, does not mean that they are educational in nature. So don't be fooled by their claims.

To find great educational games kids, you will need to do a little bit of research. Here are a few tips to finding the best games for your kids.

1. Know what is right for your kids and skill level. Think about what they should be doing at this developmental stage, and cross reference that with the skills learned in the game. For instance, if your child is working on logic skills, try finding games and puzzles that help them explore that skill set. Sudoku, would be a good choice for children that are looking to improve their logic skills.

2. Do they come highly recommended? Anyone can create a game and start selling copies, so you want to make sure that the game is kid and parent approved. Look for game suggestions on parenting and education sites, so that you know that you are getting the best bang for your buck.

3. Is it fun to play? The best educational games in the world won't do a whole lot of good, if your child doesn't want to play it. So make sure that the game is fun to play. Always sit down with your child and play the game a few times together before letting them play on their own. This will not only help you evaluate the game, but will help make sure that your child understands the directions properly.

4. Play together often. As with anything, the most learning usually happens when you are interacting with one another. So sit down with your child and play together! Talk about the choices that they make during the game, and have them explain why they did the things that they did. It will open up a dialog and make for a more educational experience.

1 comments:

Amber Salm said...

Nice tips. I am well aware of the benefits of educational games. All the points gave me an idea about how to find right games for my kids.
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