Learning may be rote memorization, hands-on lessons or something in between. It isn’t always fun, but there are steps you can take to make it more enjoyable. That’s why educational games exist. And this is why parents often invest in educational games for kids to play at home.

Online Flashcards

Online flashcards are probably the most prevalent educational games for children. They can teach vocabulary terms and math facts. They can be used to drill this information deeper into the child’s brain. Most parents don’t want to get fifty different sets of flashcards, but you can get apps to do the practice with your child. The apps can add fun special effects and animation to keep kids engaged, while parents would be frustrated or bored after a few minutes. As a side benefit, you can take flashcard apps with you anywhere, assuming you install the app on your device.        

Educational Puzzles

These puzzles tend to be for younger children than older ones, but it can take a variety of forms. One example would be geography puzzles. Put together the 50 states and learn about geography. Anatomy puzzles can be used with all ages.

Younger children may match puzzle pieces with letters and the phonics sound it makes or written numbers and the number of dots on the other side. Or link the word with the picture of what it represents. These types of puzzles are popular with pre-K through second-grade children.

You can also find puzzles of complex educational diagrams. Whether that is the periodic table or evolution tree depends on what you want to teach. You can give groups of kids in your class the puzzles to do. They’ll enjoy the game and working with the image will help them to memorize the facts contained within it.

Role-Playing Games

The enduring popularity of “The Oregon Trail” shows how entertaining it can be to role-play in an educational way. Your children can learn business by playing the various versions of Tycoon. Younger children can learn about money by playing store. Older children can learn about money by playing Life or joining in financial reality fairs. If the goal is to teach geography, let them play a version of “Little Passports”. Or re-enact an event from history. If it is an option, you could even take children to historical reenactments by adults.

Skills Reinforcement Games

Skills reinforcement games reinforce what children have learned. Every typing game that rewards them for speed and accuracy falls into this category. Reading games akin to Pick a Path novels could fall into this category, though they are generally considered to be just literacy games. But reading the sections and choosing where the character will go forces them to read. You can also find games for sorting long and short vowel words, parts of speech or identifying sensory words. Literacy games that fall into this category may show children multiple sentences, one on each card, and ask them to identify the one that uses commas correctly. Or they may flag the sentence fragment out of the group of sentences.


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