So can’t we sneak learning into fun (“educational”) games?
In fact, consider all the different kinds of learning and educational games available– board games, active games, electronic games, computer games, video games, and phone and iPad games. That means lots of learning opportunities for your children! (Hint: Holidays are coming soon, this might be a gift idea.)
Board games give kids rich learning opportunities and, as Scholastic writes, reinforce skills like:
- number and shape recognition, grouping, and counting
- letter recognition and reading
- visual perception and color recognition
- eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity
Active games are gross-motor games like the Play and Score Ball Throwing Game which also reinforces counting.
But, the classic recess games such as Capture the Flag or H-O-R-S-E are great active games as well and require minimal equipment. Some games, such as Capture the Flag, teach social skills and cooperation. The same goes for indoor active games like Indoor Foot Volleyball.
- Step to Play Giant Piano Mat
- Flickin’ Chicken
- 6 Pin Bowling Set
- Matoudematata Balancing Game
- Alpha Catch (Review here.)
Electronic Games are games which require a battery.
I’ve looked and there aren’t many computer games available on a disc. You can go online and play games or buy a gaming console like a Wii. For online games, try website Kids.gov which offers parents and educators a long list of educational online games or Kidz Pages which lists many online learning games.
The Gates Foundation believes video games can enhance learning and recently donated $15 million to fund learning based video games. Interesting, isn’t it? Games can count as learning, even video games.
We use the iPad for educational games, here are a few favorites.