Educational games and activities
There are lots of simple educational games and activities that can support children’s learning whether it is with reading, numbers or general knowledge.
If you feel that your children are spending too much time sitting behind a computer screen – and want them to engage in different types of activities then here are some educational games and activities that are worth encouraging.
Traditional educational games
The following games are excellent for helping to develop strategies for memory and concentration.
The great thing about Kim’s Game is that you are able to call on household items or toys to play. And the set up takes just a couple of minutes.
Put a collection of different items on a Tray and give each player a pen and paper. After about five minutes remove the tray and see how many items each player can remember.
One item per age of the child is a good guide to start with, and then depending on the success of the game you can build up the numbers of items.
Kids Card Games
A pack of cards is a handy addition to any Mums handbag and takes up next to no room. Card games can be played with kids as young as three.
Whether it is matching cards, counting cards or playing games which require strategy these are all excellent educational games – and will entertain even adults.
Great for cars or whenever you want the children to sit still for a few minutes (not in front of a screen).
The following link takes you to an excellent compendium of Card Games for Kids and includes Happy Families and Old Maid good for a laugh as well as being good for the memory.
General Knowledge for Kids
Keeping a quiz book in the car is also a good for long car journeys. (Or anywhere else for that matter where it is within easy reach for people to dip into now and then). This Flip Quiz Book for 9-10 Year old’s is a good example of a very simple and fun way that you can help with children’s general knowledge
Darts, pool and Billiards
You may not think of darts, pool or billiards as educational games but these are good for children in a many different ways. They help develop good eye hand coordination. Adding up the scores when playing darts, pool or billiards also will help with mental arithmetic. It also shows that with practice, perseverance and patience anyone can can improve their game, important lessons to learn generally in life.
Chess and Board games
Chess and draughts are great games for maths, strategy and help with problem solving. Many schools as a result have chess clubs in lunchtime or before the start of school even for very young primary school children.
There are so many board games to choose from but if you want to encourage a family event, where skills and strategy along with maths and reading then family Board games are a great way for a family to spend an evening or a rainy afternoon. The trick is to choose a board game which has a theme that your child enjoys. Make sure it fits the age and interests of your children and does not take hours and hours to complete.
Dominos is another game which is fun to play for adults and children, sometimes forgotten in the digital age. It is fun and simple to play and great for developing, matching and recognition of numbers. And now you can even get garden dominoes.
Other games which are often overlooked in terms of entertainment and education – include Battleships and Codebreaker, -great as travel games. Both very entertaining and good all round educational games that will help with your children’s problem solving abilities.
To conclude this post remember that small children’s attention span is not very long. Therefore some games may not last many minutes. But that is OK – offering a variety of different activities and making them fun will mean that they return to educational games and activities on a regular basis.