Kids are learning to master technology at a younger and younger age all the time. Even infants can learn to push buttons on toys to get the results they want. Preschoolers can master electronic toys and kindergarteners are taught keyboarding in school. With kids embracing computer technology at such a young age, we need to channel their interests toward games that are not only fun, but educational as well.
Many people have the misconception that all video games are activities that have no educational value at all. They are viewed as brainless activities that are a waste of time. However there are many educational games available that allow kids to explore the world, learn about history, and improve their problem solving skills, all while playing a game that is fun and entertaining.
It is time to change our view of video games and kids and take a look at the games that are fun, interactive educational experiences that promote learning.
There are many companies that produce quality, education games and computer programs for children. Preschoolers can learn the fundamentals of reading, math and science by playing games that they find fun and entertaining. Leapfrog and Knowledge Adventure are two companies that are in the forefront of creating educational technology for kids.
Leapfrog – This is one of the most innovative companies out there. They produce educational videos, learning toys and games geared toward kids of all ages. One of their products is the Tag Reading System. Remember the books on tape we enjoyed as kids? Well Tag is like those on steroids! Using an electronic pen, kids can enjoy reading. The pen not only reads the story, it has sounds, words or music for all the pictures as well. You do need books that a specifically made for the Tag system, they can be purchased anywhere Leapfrog products are sold.
Knowledge Adventure – This is the company behind the Jumpstart computer programs. These programs are a wonderful way to prepare your kids for school. The games teach kids about problem solving while increasing their math, reading, and science skills as well. Knowledge Adventure also has great free games available for download on their website.
There are many other companies that produce quality games for kids. You can find great educational games for popular gaming systems such as the Wii and Xbox. With the Wii, kids can play fun games that also included physical activity so they are exercising the bodies as well as their minds.
Video games can be a great asset to your child’s learning experience. Research the games and find the ones that will best suit your child and then sit back and let the learning begin!