Educational Games To Play With Your Kids

5 Educational Games to Play With Kids

The period of childhood is a very strategic and specific one. Children do not remain children forever, and the activities they engage in as kids help them build up

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 life skills. It is important to include playtime in the routine of kids. The activities engaged in during playtime can also be tailored to enhance strategic thinking, problem-solving and emotional skills. Here are some educational games to play with kids. These games were selected based on their ability to develop essential skills in children.

Kids learn fast and soak up activities from their environment really quickly. So, educational games, puzzles and hard riddles that challenge them should be aimed at teaching them essential skills in a fun and relaxing way. Everyone from teachers to babysitters to parents will find the following games enlightening for kids.

Hide-and-seek

Although this is an old and traditional game for kids, it is still very much relevant in helping them to build essential life skills. Here’s what a child learns from hide-and-seek. When you hide and tell the child to find you, they begin to engage their minds in exploring possible hiding places. As they engage their minds, they also are building up critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Also, as kids hide, they analyze the environment and hide in most suitable places engaging their minds and building up analytical skills. Hide-and-seek is also so much fun, so you get to build these skills while having fun.

Simon says

This game is ideal for toddlers, as it helps them build communication skills and develop a healthy respect for authority. In Simon Says, the adult or older person is Simon, and the child must obey will Simon’s instructions. Simon says also improves the listening abilities of kids, as the adult can twist it up by giving instructions without adding the “Simon says” prefix, which means students must listen intently. This game is also a lot of fun as weird instructions could be incorporated.

Puzzles and Riddles

Puzzles and riddles are both traditional and effective games for building essential skills in kids. There are also several age-appropriate puzzles for toddlers. Puzzles can build different skills in children, from critical thinking skills to problem-solving skills. Puzzles can also build emotional skills and team spirit in children. Riddles are always a fun and exciting challenge for both young and old. Most children thrive on challenges and riddles are a great tool for this. Simply collect some good riddles with answers and tell the kids that you want to see if they are able to win the game of correctly figuring out the answer. Riddles help children learn higher order thinking and reasoning skills.

Odd one out

Odd one out is tailored to help children identify distinctions. These distinctions could be in colors or other characteristics. This is a good game to play with a child that is struggling with identifying colors.

Scavenger hunts

Scavenger hunts are great for developing cognitive skills. Scavenger hunts could also be modified to help kids with counting and identifying colors and items. If a child has an issue with telling two things apart, scavenger hunts are ways of helping them through it. Scavenger hunts can also be themed. Find me two pairs of purple socks and a blue napkin, for example, teaches the child colors, the meaning of pairs and what a napkin is.

The games highlighted above are both fun and education. They will be even more fun if you attach rewards to them.

 

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Teaching People The Proper Way To Comment

Most people probably don’t realize this but there was a time when I was studying to be a teacher and I only had a semester to complete to get my degree before I gave it all away. There were many reasons for this but the main reason was I discovered near the end that I didn’t have a passion for it and so I decided I would be doing all those kids a disservice were I to continue on.

Now seeing as how I have all that experience I wondered if I could use it to teach people the proper way to comment on a blog. I know there are a whole lot of posts out there that have tried to educate people the proper way to leave a comment, I even wrote one myself called Commenting 101 Important Rules For 2009, yet even with this wealth of information I find there’s a lot of people out there who just don’t get it.

Perhaps they think they understand the proper technique but for some reason they’ve missed some vital point, and so they continue to leave comments that can be so bad some people interpret it as spam and send them to Akismet Hell.

Timken Roller Bearing Co., calendar, September 1950, teacher at desk

I’m hoping this post will solve that problem and the way I’m hoping to do that is by grading every comment out of 10. That means that I will allow all comments, even the spam ones, and with each grade I will give a reason as to why they got that score.

A warning though, even though I will leave comments that I would normally delete or spam I will remove the url. So, what are some of the things that will cause points to be deducted?

  1. Comments that do not follow the Comment Policy!
  2. Poor grammar, which includes being too slack to use capitals and punctuation. I will make special consideration for those to whom English is a second language.
  3. If I feel your comment has nothing to do with the post, by which I mean you probably didn’t read it.
  4. If I feel you didn’t put any effort or thought into your comment.
  5. All spam comments will obviously receive a score of ZERO

OK, I may add to that list if anything else comes to mind. I reckon it will be very interesting to see what sort of comments this post will solicit. Be warned that I will not hold back because I’m not one who believes being soft on students is a good tactic, and certainly doesn’t teach them anything. :devil_tb:

You may want to tweet this post so it will get maximum exposure.

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