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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Friday Funnies #47 Difference Between Men Women & More

Man, two weeks into the new year and things are already starting to pop. I’ve finished testing a plugin I bought late last year and I’ve just purchased another one this week. Each could help me to maximise this blog and I highly recommend you join my list so that you don’t miss out. It’s so easy, just click on the sign up image at the end of the post.

But we’ll get to that later because today it’s all about making you laugh. After all, that is what Friday Funnies is all about isn’t it? Especially after you’ve had a crappy week at work. This first one is all about a teachers experience while teaching her young class about an interesting fact during a biology class.

A Teachers Story ABout Stuttering

A teacher is explaining biology to her 4th grade students. “Human beings are the only animals that stutter,’ she says¬†

A little girl raises her hand. ‘I had a kitty-cat who stuttered.’

The teacher, knowing how precious some of these stories could become, asked the girl to describe the incident.

“Well,” she began, ‘I was in the back yard with my kitty and the Rottweiler that lives next door got a running start and before we knew it, he jumped over the fence into our yard!’

‘That must’ve been scary,’ said the teacher.

‘It sure was,’ said the little girl. My kitty raised her back, went “Ffffff!, Ffffff!, FfffffF,”

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A Good Argument For Tough Love vs Spanking

All through the ages people from all over the world have been arguing over ways of disciplining your children. A lot of countries have actually banned spanking the child saying that this leads to psychological damage. Yet a lot of people continue to do so quoting such authorities as the Bible that says things like ‘spare the rod and spoil the child’.

I used to get whacked when I was a kid and I even spanked my kids when I though it absolutely necessary, albeit with the palm of my hand. Perhaps if there was another method? Well it seems that there is as presented by one frustrated parent.

Most people think it improper to spank children, so I have tried other methods to control my kids when they have one of ‘those moments.’

One that I found effective is for me to just take the child for a car ride and talk.

Some say it’s the vibration from the car, others say it’s the time away from any distractions such as TV, Video Games, Computer, iPod, etc.

Either way, my kids usually calm down and stop misbehaving after our car ride together. Eye to eye contact helps a lot too.

I’ve included a photo below of one of my sessions with my son, in case you would like to use the technique.

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