Educational Games for Children
School, as important as it is, can also be boring. Especially for young minds thinking of nothing but the next break time and playing outside in the sun (which is also important, don’t get us wrong, but alas only accounts for a relatively short amount of school time). So how do you capture the minds of your kids? How do you help them learn without boring them in the procedure?
There are several Educational Games for Children which are filled with challenges that reward cooperation as well as independent thought, that will make learning fun!
We’ve put together a list of educational games that your kids will love and learn from.
- Code Monkey Island.
- BrainBox: The World.
- Orchard Toys: Match and Spell.
- DragonBox: Numbers.
- Rory’s Story Cubes.
Recommended Age: 2-6
In the current world. Everybody and their toddler have a smartphone. So, whilst staring at a screen all day long is not healthy for a child, it is inevitable (and often inventive) for smart devices to be used as educational tools.
One such app is iWriteWords, an interactive game which teaches your kids to write in fun and easy ways. It is a game much like Link the Dots, where you help your friend write out words and collect rewards. It’s an enjoyable exercise and it helps to teach your 5-year- old how to write an essay.
Code Monkey Island
Recommended Age: 8+
Code Monkey Island is the perfect example of a simple educational toy for a kid which has much more to it than meets the eye. At first glimpse it has a simple objective: get your monkeys around the game board and into the Center where the sweet sweet bananas are. You do this through actions written on particular ‘Action Cards’ which you draw each turn.
What makes this game so special is the way the guidelines on these cards are presented. They are written in a particular way to be as similar as computer science algorithms as possible. So whilst your children are having fun, trying to reach the much-coveted bananas, they are also unconsciously learning the foundations of computer science.
Recommended Age: 7+
Maths can be a weird subject, especially for 5-year- olds, as it can be rather abstract. What is the number 7? How do you attach it to something tangible? The answers to these questions can be found in Outnumber. It is made up of 60 cards with the numbers from 1 to 20 on each one.
Each number has its corresponding picture representing it and is also written down in letters and English and Hindi numerals. Those cards can be used for different games, depending on the purpose for which you play them. You can play Match Up with only 20 cards to practice number recognition with your toddler or you can play more complex educational games with all the cards to practice things such as counting, and comparison and addition.
BrainBox: The World
Recommended Age: 8+
Have you ever wanted to travel the world, visiting distant sites and wondering at the beauty of nature and of manmade structures? This game answers that call. Containing 71 cards with beautiful illustrations of different sights.
BrainBox: The World is the perfect educational game to spark the love of geography in the heart of your child. It is also a great game to train those memory muscles as the objectives of the game are to look at the cards for 10 seconds, trying to memorize as much as possible and to answer questions about the cards based on the roll of a die.
Orchard Toys: Match and Spell
Recommended Age: 4+
Learning to speak a language is hard work, yet children manage to pick speaking up with enviable ease. It’s reading, however, that can pose a trickier challenge. This is where Match and Spell shines. It is an educational game that is designed to help children learn how to read, to guide their thought in the right direction. The game is simple and consists of your child matching letters on little plastic blocks to form words and sentences. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best ones.
Recommended Age: 4-8
DragonBox: Numbers is an educational game designed to teach kids number since – the intuitive understanding of what numbers are, how they work and how you can use them. In it, you play with the Nooms – furry rectangular creatures, each with a different length signifying the numbers from one to ten.
Your kid can learn how to add and subtract by combining smaller Nooms to create larger ones or separating big Nooms into tinier parts. The main feature of the game is its puzzle mode where you have to regroup the Nooms in order to fit them in boxes their size. There is also a sandbox mode where there are no tasks, just simple addition, and subtraction by using Nooms. It is a fun and stress-free game, great for teaching a kid to count.
Rory’s Story Cubes
Recommended Age: 7+
Rory’s Story Cubes is a pocket-sized creative story generator. It consists of 9 unique dice. Each has pictures engraved on its sides and no two are the same. The rules of the game are simple – you roll the dice and then you make your own story using the images that the dice has landed on. It is a great educational game for Literacy Development as it encourages the player to speak.
It helps young children get more accustomed to the spoken language and become better at forming stories. It boosts creativity and problem- solving as each set of rolls presents the player with challenges. And with the millions of ways that the dice can align you can be sure that each playthrough will feel unique.
The toys alone probably won’t turn a child into a miniature scientist, engineer, or programmer. But toys provide—creativeness, critical thinking, communication, and self-assurance—which will serve well throughout the education and future career, irrespective of what field your child picks.