Yes, you heard it right. Your children should spend time playing video games. According to researchers at MIT, girls spend average 12 hours a week playing games, while teen boys devote a staggering 23 hours a week to playing games. While some parents see these as wasted time, others see them as a powerful chance to support a child’s education and enhance critical skills using an interactive tool that children not only understand, master easily but also enjoy.
Of course, even the best educational games won’t work if your children don’t play them or play incorrectly. The key is to seek the games that incorporate educational themes within an engaging framework that ensure children to be motivated and guaranteed excitement to play. Skip the “skills and drills” parts, and check out these top titles that will encourage your children to learn and have fun on the virtual world at the same time.
The “Carmen Sandiego” Series
Yes, the globe-hopping recluse from your childhood has still needed to been found, and now it’s up to your children to track her down. The “Carmen Sandiego” games were one of the most famous and enjoyable educational series developed in the ’80s, and they still are famous today. After all, who doesn’t love being a detective? Designed for elementary and middle school children, these games enable kids to solve a mystery or track down Sandiego or another villain across the planet. The series has long worked as a teaching tool for reading comprehension and problem solving, geography, history, and the newest version focus on building mathematics skills. For example, children may need to place numbered columns in order from smallest to largest figures or solve a series of equations within a short time limit to move on to the next level. Children who enjoy these games might also like the companion books, TV shows and board games developed based on this game series.