Children love playing games. It opens the door to their imagination, interaction, and enjoyment. But what if these games are educative too? Unlike traditional classroom education, learning while gaming can help children learn language skills, math concepts, and develop social skills a lot easier.
Here’s a list of games that could make your child fall in love with learning while having fun. Educators suggest that learning while playing is, indeed, a good way of learning. It works for all the children, irrespective of their age.
Measure the Family Building
This game is about measuring the heights of all the family members (younger children, parents, siblings, grandparents, cousins, etc.) and adding the numbers. Then, calculate how tall your family building would be. Considering 10 feet for each floor, calculate the number of stories your family building could have. This game improves your child’s math skills.
Pounds of Pets
Weigh the child, and then ask your child to hop on the weighing scale again with each of your family pets. Then make a comparison of the weights. For example, does your child’s weight + pet’s weight = Dad’s weight? These kinds of games help in improving the child’s analytical skills.
Use old magazines or newspapers to cut out balloons. Then, draw cartoons on the balloons and ask the child to think and write a script for that. If the child’s very young to write, then you can just ask them to think and tell you. And you can write on the balloons. Talking balloons improves your child’s imagination, creativity, and language skills.
Form a letter with your fingers and ask your child to guess what it is. Once the child guesses it, ask your child to think of a word that starts from that letter. This improves the vocabulary of your child.
Pay and Play
Teaching the children about expenses, profits, losses – basically handling cash is important to survive in the real world. So, teach children about it. Put prices on various things such as cans, empty boxes of cereals, a packet of pasta and crackers. Give children fake money and let them shop. Or let them be the cashier and you shop in their store. This game improves their math skills.
Benefits of fun learning games
Games can help your child develop various skills. Here are some of the benefits:
Most of the games aren’t played alone; rather they are played with one or more companions. Games, when played with others, help in developing the social skills of the child. It also helps in improving the skills of negotiation and problem-solving.
Recreation is a necessity in a busy life today. The adults have their own method of relaxing their mind. And those interests or relaxing methods are established in childhood. So, exposing children to various fun games during their childhood helps them frame their recreational skills.
Games can teach basic academic skills such as reading, writing, mathematical skills, and language skills. These are a necessity for academic success.
Enabling children to learn is crucial. Employing games to make the lessons last and keep children engaged is certainly a way of making them lifelong learners. Explore gamified learning, and watch children become active learners.