Educational Games Not Found On A Computer
Do you think kids spend too much time looking at a computer screen these days? I do. Any game I can find my kids that doesn't involve a computer is a game I want to get them. The trick is understanding your child enough to know what he or she really likes, and then getting that thing for them. Educational Games for Younger Children Look for the classics: Ants in your Pants or Mr. Potatohead. Games with lots of activity and funny things happening always go over well, and children learn more than you think. Remember that education isn't just what you read in a book, especially for younger children; hand-eye coordination, physical coordination, and socialization all play a part in education. But don't discount the more cerebral things. If you want to vary things, read stories to your children, and then whip out the Candyland game; only let them roll the dice if they can answer questions about the story you read. Reward the best questions with a piece of candy, in honor of the game. When you're playing with games involving physical activity and board games, things that get boring after a while, look for ways to spice them up with educational twists. Educational Games for Middle Children Middle children - they're the ones from about 6 to 12, and they're hard to entertain! Turn off the television, and try some games like Clue, Scrabble, or Pictionary. Remember that if you're trying to teach things, the best way to do it is by mixing both verbal information and physical activity. Some of the best educational games to play are the Host A Mystery party games, where your guests (in this case, children) get to act out a mystery and solve it. Remember, while you play, that they are children. Let them know what the rules are, but give them input. If they want to play Scrabble and allow Sponge Bob characters to be words, go with it. If they want to play Clue upside down, let them. One of the most important things you can encourage in middle children is their creativity, which too often is stifled by both school and home. Don't let that happen; just let them go with it. Educational Games for Older Children These kids are easier, as long as you can get their minds off the opposite sex. Try anything that challenges their minds: Scrabble (more strict on the rules this time), Boggle, Host a Mystery parties for them and their friends - or really, any game that gives them an excuse to have a party. Keep them involved in sports and outdoor activities; the first thing that goes in today's teens is the physical exercise. Dungeons and Dragons or other role-playing games are also good for teens, teaching them how to think ahead, how to deal with unexpected situations, and how to tell a story. Don't let any of their games consume their minds, but let them experiment, and encourage their fun. Educational Games for Grownups. Just like teens, adults need to keep their minds active, and games are a great way to do it. Get involved in the games your kids play - play along with them. You'll learn something, and your kids will love your involvement. In addition, people who are getting older need the stimulation of new learning to keep their minds active and young; just like with muscles, if you don't use the brain, it gets stiff and out of shape. Educate yourself for your entire life, and teach your kids to do the same.
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