Educational games

Educational games play a prominent role in modern pedagogy as a teaching resource and a motivational element that facilitates learning (especially at younger ages). Children learn better and faster if they do it while having fun and in a stress-free environment.

The game facilitates social relations, the child acquires responsibilities, explores the world around him and learns to assimilate adverse situations, enhancing imagination and creativity.

Educational games for children, both in the classroom and at home, serve to internalize very important concepts for their emotional education and personal development, such as the ability to empathize, their assertiveness or the ability to enable channels of communication.

Currently, most schools follow a game-based pedagogical model, without forcing students to develop.

How to make educational games as a family

Before you start planning the game, it is a good idea to prepare a suitable space, with good lighting and well ventilated. Background music can help relax and motivate players.

The most suitable board didactic games for children are the cooperative ones, trying to avoid the most competitive ones. They are an educational tool that favors teamwork and personal skills, such as concentration and inventiveness. We can play classic games, such as parcheesi, chess, checkers or card games, or try more elaborate games that we will find in physical stores and online stores. We can classify the latter into strategy games, such as the popular Risk, the Catan or the Carcassonne; games escape room, among which the series Exit by Devir with deliveries such as The Abandoned Cabin, The Secret Laboratory or The Tomb of the Pharaoh; of questions and answers, such as the classic Trivial Pursuit; and of skill , such as Jenga or Mikado.

On the other hand, experimentation games are interesting for awakening curiosity about science in children and foster a reflective spirit. They can be very simple (such as growing a seed) and we can put into practice experiments in any field of science (biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, etc. .). In this category of games, the series Arqueojugando by Clementoni stands out, with a wide range of games oriented to paleontology ​​in which we can unearth and articulate spectacular dinosaurs; or the games published by National Geographic, such as Make your own volcano or the game about arthropods Real Bug Dig Kit.

For very active children we have games that hardly require material and focus more on movement, such as hide-and-seek (using the rooms of the house or the garden ), the game of the movies, worm races through the corridors, hiding objects around the house playing "hot or cold", pillapilla (if we have enough space), dance games (such as chained songs), etc. With this type of games we enhance very important psychomotor skills for the little ones.

Games related to creativity enhance the inventive capacity and patience of boys and girls.For the games of crafts we have a huge range of materials, but always giving maximum freedom and letting children experiment without fear We can use all kinds of paints, plasticine, clay, paper, stickers, thread or wool, as well as recycled materials, such as cardboard, tetrabricks, plastic bottles and caps.

Within this category we can include reading and writing games. Reading illustrated stories, comics or books (we can use the ones we have at home, exchange with friends and family or those from a public library) help develop the imagination and inner richness of children. Very simple reading workshops can be proposed, choosing a text among all that someone will read for the others. The idea is that, once the reading is finished, each one expresses what she has thought and felt while listening. For the smallest of the house it can be proposed that they draw something related to the text. This exercise helps children learn to listen and express feelings naturally.

The creative writing games are an interesting tool for channeling emotions, awakening a critical spirit and a sense of humor. Depending on the age, writing can be combined with drawings, stickers or pasting photos cut out of old magazines, advertising brochures, etc. Some ideas to introduce children to writing can be a diary, letters to grandparents or writing invented stories (only with text or with drawings, as a comic) among the whole family. We can also practice writing games, such as chain stories (someone writes a sentence on a piece of paper, folding it so that only the last word can be read, which the second player will take first to write the next sentence, continuing the process until all write yours).

Activities related to acting and theater are very fun and exciting for children. We can act out stories, movie scenes or stories invented by them and use costumes, puppets, puppets or Chinese shadows (cutting cardboard to project shadows on a sheet or a blank wall).

Which games are better

Each type of game contributes to the child's development by providing different benefits. The best game for each will depend on her age and her personality . The most active prefer movement and sports games, the most creative, games in which they have to invent (build, draw or write) and those who are more curious to understand how the world around them works, tend to enjoy games more. related to scientific experimentation.

Benefits of playing as a family

As a natural way of learning, play is a fundamental tool for establishing social relationships in the early stages of development. In this sense, playing as a family contributes to strengthening intra-family ties and improving communication channels between parents and children. In the same way, playing as a family can contribute to enhancing the emotional and values ​​education of boys and girls.

Family play facilitates learning, enhances the ability to work as a team and cooperate to solve problems, fosters imagination and creativity, facilitates the recognition and expression of emotions, improves communication skills and enriches vocabulary, develops self-esteem and reinforces respect and discipline.

The variety of educational and didactic games that you can find in our store and practice at home is enormous and with budgets for all pockets. What we must never forget is its ultimate purpose: to have fun.

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