When it comes to games for kids, we all want what best for our kids. However, we do not always know what that means. I want something that is educational and my kids want something that is fun. Does that mean we can’t get the same thing? Absolutely not! There are games that are both educational and fun.
Throw Tradition out the Window
As a teacher, I have to get rid of my traditional views of education. Education does not have to be boring. Kids can learn from singing and dancing just as much if not better than they can learn from flash cards and rote memory. The key to educational games is age and developmentally appropriate. Guitar Hero is actually an educational game for those kids who need to learn the music scale and it is required in many states as part of fine arts. Not to mention, if you buy some of the classic song you have culturally appropriate learning too!
Focus on Skills
Sure you won’t find a game that will teach you advanced chemistry but you can find an iPod app that will teach you different cooking recipes. If cooking isn’t your thing maybe you can find an app for crocheting or knitting. There are plenty of applications that can help you learn a variety of different skills. All you need to do is decide what you want to learn and then go online and search for it.
Make it more fun with a Timed Challenge
When you are looking for fun educational games, look for those with a time limit. Your average boring game adds a bit more excitement when there is a time limit. Adding is old hat but when you have to beat the clock, your adrenaline gets pumping and the game suddenly becomes more exciting. The same goes for a racing challenge. If you can find someone to race or a score to beat, then the game takes on completely new meaning. Otherwise, the game becomes boring drills you can do at home.
Keep it Simple
The most important part to teaching your child anything is keeping it simple. Math really is everywhere. It is harder to find a game that isn’t educational than it is to find a game that is educational. Granted there are games more educational than others. However, as parents and teachers, we need to meet our children and students where they are and gradually lead them to the more educational side to living.
Do the educational games for kids have to be dull and boring? I don’t think so and I certainly hope not! I do not want to live in a boring world and I do not want my kids to either.