There are lots of advantages your children can get when fun games are a tool for their learning development. In fact, children do learn more and absorb lessons quickly when they enjoy fun games and activities. As a pre-school teacher, I have learned the benefits and outcomes of this strategy. Today, I want to share with you the secrets of learning and child development and relate these to fun-filled activities and games.
Four Things Fun Games Teach Children
#1: Social skills – A child can well develop his or her social skills using fun-filled undertakings and game activities. The reason for this is because when kids mingle with one another and play board games. If there are three of them playing the same game, then each of them needs to be patient as others are taking their turn in the board game activity.
#2: Good sportsmanship – By allowing children’s to play various games and engage with others, there is a greater chance to develop high integrity. They learn how to accept losses graciously and at the same time improve their ability to be supportive of their teammates essentially.
#3: Verbal skills – Children learn verbal skills rapidly when they interact with others in their community. Mostly because they are still in their early development stage, playing games with children’s in their same age range helps them learn new vocabulary. Based on research, these childrens learn how to communicate effectively.
#4: Math skills – Games are fun and entertaining for childrens of any age range. The trick is to add learning factors to the activity; you can even teach math skills while playing airplane. As a parent, teacher or mentor, you need to be creative to incorporate math lessons like counting numbers in the said activities. This will create the sense of urgency to play but most important, to learn. Never again they will be bored as they embark on a new chapter of their life later on.
In the last two articles I’ve written, I already discussed the advantages of using games as a tool for learning. As we continue with the discussion, I would like to share with you the top six games teachers and parents can use to develop ultimately their child socially, mentally, physically and even emotionally.
- Snake and Ladders- Let your kids play snake and ladders not only as a leisure activity but also as a learning activity. The said board game has its origin in Ancient India and is very popular in children today. It is a useful tool for learning observation and counting for children ages 3 and up.
- Don’t Spill the Beans- This is a game suitable for the young ones that help in developing both analytical and motor skills. Don’t Spill Milton Bradley Company introduced the Beans in 1986.
- Zingo- It is a game released in the year 2002 by ThinkFun and is a very useful tool to develop memory and teach reading to the kids. It already earned several awards throughout the years as a game and a tool for learning.
- Trouble- Launched in the United States in the year 1965, Trouble is a board game that can be played by a family as a whole and can teach little kids how to count arithmetically and at the same time help develop the virtue of patience in children as they need to wait for their respective turns.
- Connect Four- Created in 1974 by Milton Bradley, Connect Four is a game suitable for people ages six and up. Two players can only play this game at the same time. It builds an individual’s ability to solve problems and the technical know-how to create abstract strategies. It also teaches reasoning and logic to the players.
- Don’t Break the Ice- This particular game designed for two to four players allow individuals to develop their set of motor skills as well as manual dexterity. Don’t Break the Ice was marketed by the Schaper Toys in 1968 but is now being manufactured by Milton Bradley.
In this article, the relation and connection of playing games to child development will be discussed in a deeper sense. The benefits of using a game as a tool for learning will be enumerated along with the associated tips in choosing such games and activities.
Benefits Kids Experience When Playing Games
- Learning about Teamwork and appreciation towards group efforts.
- Development of good sportsmanship.
- Creates critical thinking.
- It teaches a child to make quick decisions.
- The introduction of values, good manners and right conduct.
- Allows the young ones to process information.
- Basic arithmetic skills can be acquired when playing games.
- It helps in the development and progression of observation, reasoning and logic of a child.
- Games sometimes enhance a person’s set of gross and fine motor skills.
- It trains a child to be patient in dealing with things and is helpful in proper character development.
Children’s Games That Can Be Used For Learning
There are at least ten games available that can be used as a tool for active learning in kids. Six out of the ten games below were previously discussed and was described thoroughly in the previous article. These are the following:
- Snake and Ladders
- Connect Four
- Don’t Spill the Beans
- Don’t Break the Ice
- Hungry, Hungry Hippos
- Silly Faces Game
- Candyland- This type of board game teaches the young ones to recognize primary and secondary colors.
- Boggle- Designed by Allan Turoff in 1972, Boggle is a game that is suitable for ages 8 and up. It teaches students about language and words. It helps in advancing a learner’s ability in reading, writing and communicating.
Tips on How to Choose Child Development Games
- Determine the age suitability of a particular game.
- Identify the varying interests of a child to make sure that they do like and enjoy what they are playing. In this way, children tend to learn more as they delight every activity.
- Promote games that enhance interpersonal and social skills.
- Make sure that the game is safe for small kids. Safety should be the top consideration in the selection of games for children.
Skills are taught when you let children play games. Especially during their early stage development, this is why creativity is very important when teaching the little kids. The pen and paper approach is not the only available teaching method in this world which can impress learning to the hearts and minds of this young generation.
Three Ways How Children Learn When Playing Games
There are at least three key aspects of life in which toddlers learn skills during the participation in various games and activities. First, they learn how to read. they also acquire some motor skills and develop the ability to listen effectively.
- They learn how to Read – Facilitating a game for kids is a golden opportunity to teach them how to properly read. There are cases and instances that instructions should be read by its participants allowed and actively. So, it’s a perfect time for teachers to hone the kids’ reading abilities. When it comes to the young ones, there’s no substitute to learning how to read than reading words and sentences altogether aloud.
- Gross and fine motor skills are developed – Development of fine and gross motor skills are effectively developed during game activities. It is because most of the times, individual, dual and team games make use of small pieces that kids actually needs to manipulate. Just like assembling LEGO (toy building bricks), children develop pattern recognition and learn how to manipulate these small bricks to form creative toys for themselves.
- Listening skills are honed – As they learn how to read, children also acquire listening skills. In most cases, the skill of listening accurately is essential when playing games. This is mainly due to the fact that rules are being explained and are being read aloud by the facilitator during the conduct of such fun-filled activity. In order for the kids to follow the rules efficiently, they need to listen very carefully.