Educational Games for Children

Your school-age child is crazy about playing games. So why not use this love of games to their educational advantage? Enter educational games—your child doesn’t have to know that it’s good for them.

Educational games at this age will help your child excel in school subjects, such as reading, math and science. If you know your child could use some help in math, find educational math games that will challenge and engage your child.

Online Educational Games

Nowadays, you can find many educational games online. Online educational games have the benefit of being free. If you are providing your child with educational online games, just remember that too much computer can be a bad thing. If you think your child’s time online is unproductive (for example, playing violent computer games), then substitute the unproductive games with educational games. Set firm rules and time restrictions and post them where they can be seen at the computer. If you’re having serious difficulties with a child spending too much time on the computer, then try also substituting computer time with other fun activities, such as cooking with kids or art projects for kids.

Educational Board Games

While the internet offers the advantage of free educational games, there are some more important benefits to educational board games. Namely, that a board game requires a parent, sibling or friend to play alongside. Board games promote social interaction and learning, such as how to regulate emotions when a child is losing. Because social interaction is so beneficial, look for interactive educational games and activities.

What are some of the recommended educational board games? First let’s take a look at the classics. Monopoly is a great game to play as a family. Buying and managing properties teaches kids important math skills. It also teaches children about patience and long-term payoffs, since the game can last hours and kids watch the progression of their properties. Scrabble is also a great word game; it challenges a child to be more creative in their use of language.