6 Reasons for Engaging Children in Educational Games
Children nowadays are a different breed from those a generation ago. Nowadays, you’d be more liable to see a child hunched over a gadget than cavorting outside and sweating it out with friends. Nowadays, it’s competing to bet their high scores in their video games instead of beating their friends in the court – and you have to realize this is quite unnerving because they are now becoming seemingly slaves to their gadgets. It seems ungluing them would take a whole lot of work.
Which is why it is pretty critical for us parents to be able to engage them in educational games wherever we may be. For the relatively older kids, chess, checkers, strategy games and even RPG-card games can help them out of their stupor. Even getting their juices flowing in coloring games would prove to be better than the alternative. While they may say that it would be old school for them to engage in such games, it would be beneficial for them because it would be honing their mental skills and their strategy – some of the things that would prove to be vital in their daily lives as well.
Here are some reasons which would convince you to engage your children to take up educational games apart from their gadgets:
1.You would support their mental development. While some applications will be able to do this, you can argue that old school games would do a much better job because it also incorporates the sense of touch as well as a real-time strategy which would make them react instinctively. It would develop their competitive instincts as well as their mental acuity by analyzing the situation as it develops.
2. It would release them from their stupor and dependence on gadgets. It may even be the reason why your children would forsake their dependence on gadgets – if you are able to capitalize on their burgeoning interest in other games.
3. Making them engaged in board games or puzzles or other activities aside from gadgets would ultimately have a huge effect on their overall health.
4. It would stimulate their innate sense of creativity. Engaging your children in educational games – such as coloring contests as well as design contests (such as dressing their own paper dolls, etc.) would encourage them to tap into their creative sides. It may even be therapeutic for some of them as well as for you to have them engage in the process than having them hunched over gadgets for the whole day.
5. It would support their competitive nature. Making sure that they get to compete with you and their relatives would support their competitive nature since it would cause them to be the best they can be. They would strive to become better because they would have to deal with people who are usually older than they are. They must also be able to adapt to situations properly because of this.
6. It would also develop their vocabulary. We can stimulate their vocabulary development by engaging them in word games while we travel. A favorite pastime would be to form words out of the letters in the plate numbers of vehicles they’d see. You can also play I Spy or Simon Says and they would appreciate the little games because it would probably be new to them.
Engaging our children in creative and mind-developing games would probably be difficult for them at first because they have created a dependence on gadgets. But in the long run, it would be better for them because not only will they be released from their gadget addictions but would be forced to develop their mental acuity as well.