There is a fundamental reason why, for decades, educational games have been a fundamental part of the development of early childhood educational activities, and the reason is that this model has proven to have many benefits when we use it as a tool of teaching and learning, evaluation strategy or motivation.
When playing, your children become more involved in their learning, the content taught is reinforced and their disposition and positive attitude increases. These qualities have allowed this type of educational games to be highly valued not only in the classroom, but also represent a useful tool to be applied at home with your children.
What are the benefits of educational games?
- Increases motivation, their attention is more focused on activities, which favors their learning process.
- They help develop planning and problem-solving skills, and at the same time develop the brain activity of your little ones.
- They help them to be competitive in a healthy way, since at the same time that they are encouraging learning, they have fun and play, which turns competition into a fun activity.
- It provides the ability to improve memory, since didactic games generally motivate them to remember important details of the dynamics of the game.
- It is a more dynamic and fun learning tool through which children can be introduced to knowledge.
- Develop teamwork skills, when you carry out didactic activities, eventually you will have to do activities in support of a playmate, which helps your children in learning tools and teamwork.
- Develops the child's attention span, since each game will require her concentration and focus. li>
- It's fun, stimulating the production of endorphins making children happier and developing a positive learning environment.
- They allow you to incorporate knowledge while having fun.
- It is beneficial in cases of children with disorders or attention deficit.
- They allow the development of soft skills such as communication, collaboration and problem solving, which are essential for the development of their adult life.
Some of the best educational games for 5-year-olds
Tactile educational games are great for learning about vowels and numbers.
To do this they can use magnetic letters with which to practice combinations with letters, vowels, numbers and begin to spell words.
The didactic memory games allow you to strengthen your concentration and your memory.
There are different types of didactic memory games based on cards or figures that are ideal to share with 5-year-olds.
This type of didactic game allows the child to develop skills of spatial understanding, concentration and order.
This traditional game is known as the cube of patience, it is a game that combines mechanical intelligence and requires combining the same colored squares on the same faces, consisting of 6 faces of different colors.
A game that incorporates geometric pieces that, when combined in different ways, can design shadow images of hundreds of objects.
Tower of Hanoi game.
A classic game to promote the development of mathematical intelligence through the use of simple rules, which consists of 3 rods and 8 round discs of different sizes Only 1 disc moves per round and larger discs cannot be moved place on top of smaller discs.
If you want to build your game at home you can:
Devise a counting game.
This type of game will help you teach your child basic numbers and counting numbers. For this you will need:
- 11 paper cups
- 50 small objects in which you can include coins, grains or chickpeas, screws, cotton balls, etc.
- A bookmark
- Write the numbers from 0 to 10 on each glass, then place them in a random order so that the child must put the numbers in order from least to greatest.
- Give the child the 50 objects selected earlier so that the child incorporates in the cup the same number of objects inside that glass, while counting each object aloud.
- When finished, empty the cups and let your child check if the numbers and objects match.
Knowing the photosynthesis of plants
This game will allow your child to learn how the photosynthesis process works, the importance of sunlight and plant growth. For this you will need:
- A plant
- Aluminum foil
- Paper clips
- Select a plant with your child.
- Cut a piece of aluminum foil into small pieces.
- Wrap the pieces of aluminum foil in some leaves of the plant, and secure with paper clips.
- Keep the plant in direct sunlight.
- In about 4 or 5 days, have your child remove the slides and look at the leaves. The leaves wrapped in foil look different than those that were exposed to sunlight.
Once the child can see the difference in the plant, explain how the photosynthesis process happens in plants and why sunlight is essential for this process to happen.
Regardless of what kind of playset you use, whether you're building them with little ones, or taking advantage of expertly designed 5-year-old learning sets, playset can help kids of any age master the building process. learning without having to deal with the frustration that arises within teaching processes that are too formal or strict.
Properly designed tool-based learning enhances feelings of confidence, achievement, and self-efficacy, and provides excellent opportunities for your children to tap into enormous reserves of creativity and problem-solving skills. But best of all, they can become an element to share with the family through very fun activities, in which learning and feedback on knowledge can be used by everyone.