These days more and more kids are becoming quite computer savvy. As early as pre-kindergarten, you’ll find them in computer labs learning how to use a keyboard. So, with this trend it shouldn’t be a surprise to see 3-5 year olds playing video games. At Good Hands Daycare, we make sure those brain cells are fed with fun games that are also educational.
Educational video games give kids the chance to learn about the world around them. Kids get an opportunity to expand their understanding of animals, plants, science and more. An entirely new world opens up before them when they use an educational video game.
How Do They Do It?
Isn’t it amazing to watch these youngsters remember which button moves what in those games? It’s actually easier for a child to learn than an adult. So why not show them how to use video games to take their education to an all new level.
Start out with video games of interest to your kids and that also teach them about math, science and English. The characters in the games talk to them and help them with number problems that need to be solved along the way to win. Companies like Leapfrog and Knowledge Adventure have put educational games on the market that are anything but boring. Knowledge Adventure produces JumpStart games for each grade level.
The games have continuous action and allow you to play as many times as you need to in order to win. Teaching kids about video games at an early age helps you to control what types of games they watch. In the world of technology, kids grow up way to soon and often know more (about technology) than their parents. Starting early gets you involved and also keeps you involved in their lives.
Some people believe that playing video games is a mind-numbing process—that all you do is sit and shoot. Not true. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular games.
So, What’s Out There?
With Leapfrog’s portable gaming system Leapster, kids can play educational video games on long car trips, airplane rides, or anytime they need something to do. Leapster uses a stylus pen making it easier for kids to mark their answers on the game screen. The characters sing songs that you can learn along with your kids.
V-Tech has come out with a gaming console for kids to play educational games through the television set. Kids learn their alphabet, phonics and things like colors and shapes with fun games.
For school-age kids, educational video games help to reinforce what is being taught at school. As kids master the games and get smarter their self-confidence will rise.
Video Games Are Not the Enemy!
When you take the time to carefully select video games, you’ll see that can be very useful for educational purposes to give your kids a firm foundation. As your kids get older, you can introduce them to higher grade level educational games to keep the learning going as long as possible.
What educational video games have you found to jumpstart the learning process for your child? We know there are lots of them out there. Tell us about the ones you like best.