Educational Games: For Kids

by Fabian Toulouse

Educational games for kids are beneficial in many ways, but more to the point they are fun. The divide between what is developmentally appropriate and beneficial and what is fun can be bridged with the right software. There are a host of educational games for kids of any age, because learning issues often plague children for years. The blending of gamesmanship with learning can effectively help children overcome obstacles to understanding.

Most educational games are developed to help kids focus for a longer period of time. Many children have a hard time focusing on tasks. This lack of focus can become a real issue when they matriculate from Kindergarten into the elementary grades. Many developmental therapists recommend educational computer games as a way to help children both lengthen their attention span and develop confidence that a solution can indeed be found with patient observation. These games are designed to be fun and engaging, effectively bypassing traditional obstacles to learning.

Educational games can be a fun teaching tool. Children can learn their numbers, letters, shapes, colors, and even sentence structure. These games are aimed at all academic levels. If a child is resistant to learning in a traditional classroom and blackboard setting, the computer scene can be a powerful alternative. Many children respond positively to this type of colorful, cartoon-based learning, for indeed they are convinced they are playing a game.

These learning games, as they are regularly and in many cases exclusively, played on a computer, inadvertently teach children basic computer skills. Given the culture’s ever growing dependency on computers, it can be indispensable for children to learn how to use a mouse and interface with a keyboard. Many schools and academies have even opted to distribute textbooks in CD-Rom format.

Playing these educational games can also help children develop their motor skills. This can be particularly beneficial to children who suffer from developmental delays. Manipulating a mouse can help children develop fine motor skills. Indeed, playing board games can also be a helpful motor development aid. Regardless of the subject matter at hand, educational games for kids can be powerful teaching tools that should not be overlooked.

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