Games are a great way to teach children a huge variety of different skills, as well as help them improve their fine motor skills. They learn while they have fun, which encourages them to learn without realising it, and also to enjoy learning. Additionally, playing educational games as a family is a fun bonding experience that parents and children can enjoy together. The key is to know how to pick the right games for the whole family.
Choose the Correct Age-related Educational Game
One of the most important aspects of choosing an educational game for the whole family is to choose a game that is fun for everyone and that offers some level of challenge. However, you must make sure it is suitably simple for the youngest player; otherwise, it becomes very boring, very quickly. Most board games have an average age range on the box as a basic guide. However, every child matures at a different rate. Therefore, have a look at the instructions and objectives of the game, to ensure they are appropriate for your children. For example, most trivia games, while educational, are not good for very young children, as the kids do not have the skills and knowledge to understand them.
Choose a Fun Game
As well as being educational, it is important that the game is also fun. Children learn better if they find a game that is entertaining. This is because they engage more in the game if they are enjoying the experience. For very young children, a fast, fairly short, vibrant board game that has a lot of bright colours, simple instructions, and is fun to play is ideal. Children who love to colour and draw and who have vivid imaginations enjoy creative games such as Pictionary or Cranium. Youngsters who enjoy reading books are likely to enjoy educational games, such as Up Words, Scrabble, and Junior Scrabble.
Establish What to Teach Your Children from Educational Family Games
Consider what skills you want your children to get from a game, and choose the educational game based on this. For example, if you want to teach your children to count, share, and take turns, Snakes and Ladders or Ludo are great options. To promote thinking, patience, and colour recognition, Candyland is a good choice for young children. Operation is fun, active, and engaging, and helps improve hand-to-eye coordination. Junior Scrabble, eventually progressing to regular Scrabble, is a popular, fun educational game that promotes language and vocabulary skills. By playing family games such as Cluedo or Monopoly, it helps children learn that they cannot always win, and how to lose graciously. Choose team games which teach children the importance of working together and how to cooperate in a team environment.