Not all virtual games are bad to a child’s lifestyle. In fact, many computer games can test the child’s alertness, comprehension, creativeness and other helpful skills. As long as you pick the right game, your kids will stay far from unhealthy gaming. Here are 6 examples of child-friendly educational games you can install in your PC:
Caillou Kindergarten: Counting and Thinking Skills Combined
This game is good for kids before or during their kindergarten days. The best part of this game is its focus on organization and counting. Specifically, Caillou is going to teach kids essential skills such as associations, sorting and recognizing numbers. Aside from math, the game will teach children some French and Spanish words.
In just one game, there are a total of 26 activities that children will surely love. One activity involves clicking squares with numbers to help Caillou complete the maze. Another one is searching for misfit objects inside a room. The rest are looking for opposites, spelling words letter-by-letter, matching photos, coloring images and other exciting activities.
The best part of this game? Children can bond with their parents. The whole family will definitely have a fun time teaching the young ones.
Now, we’re heading to puzzles. Aqua Words aims to teach vocabulary through puzzle games. In this game, bubbles present letters in random order. The child must form words from the letters given. Longer and more complex words gain higher points. Once a word is formed, new bubbles are going to replace the existing ones. The child should think carefully on which bubbles to click because the new ones might give more complex letters.
Since children have different intellectual levels, Aqua Words has three various game modes: strategy, time attack and arcade. Arcade mode is similar to Tetris which can test the child’s focus. Time Attack, on the other hand, requires speed. Lastly, Strategy aims to test the child’s creativity with words. Aside from the modes, the game also has three difficulty settings.
Bob the Builder: Can Do Zoo
Personally, this one’s my favorite. I play this game with my two kids at home. Bob the Builder needs to create a zoo to save the animals sent into a town. While most preschooler games focus on letters and numbers, this game aims to teach life skills. It focuses on challenging the child’s critical thinking skills such as problem solving, recognizing patterns, shapes and colors, and following directions.
Problem solving is taught through puzzles. The game wants the child to realize that every problem is just a puzzle with a certain solution. Meanwhile, recognition and memory tests challenge the child’s perception of colors, patterns and shapes. Now, one of the most crucial skills for a child is following directions. The game’s building activity teaches the child to follow step-by-step instructions. I love how my kids get blueprints and rewards as if they are architects. I also noticed that my kids are so excited in collecting stickers that can be received as rewards.
In addition to the colorful graphics and catchy gameplay, the background music is delightful and engaging. My kids and I sing along during game time. They also have no issues navigating around the game because Bob the Builder reads the options when the mouse pointer hovers on a menu.
Dora’s Carnival 2: At the Boardwalk
My daughter loves Dora the Explorer so much. No wonder she always gets excited playing this game. Dora has so many games available. But, each game has a specific theme. The carnival theme is a favorite of my little girl.
This game has 10 mini games available. Examples are giving water to dolphins, recognizing colors of boots and choosing the correct piñata. The activities aim to teach counting, improve coordination of hands and eyes, and some Spanish words. There is also a challenging air hockey game with Swiper that can be played by parents as well.
Talking about unique rewards, tickets are won from mini games so you can purchase prizes such as printable coloring pages, connect-the-dots puzzles and picture frames.
SpongeBob SquarePants Typing
Typing games can be redundant, boring or too challenging for kids. But, SpongeBob SquarePants Typing game is a fun way to teach children how to type fast. It is a unique typing game because it has a storyline as if it came directly from an actual episode. The scenes are funny, capturing the essence of the series completely.
The activities such as Snail’s Pace Race, The Glove World 500, A Star Is Born, Doh Ray Me and Senseless Patrick have different storylines but only one test – typing! Don’t worry if your child gets lost because the game will teach him how to properly place his fingers on the keyboard. Not only that, the game will remind your child about proper posture while typing.
Your family will surely enjoy this game for quite a long time because it has 17 levels. The rewards are adorable certificates your kids will definitely love.
Diego’s Dinosaur Adventure
While most educational games for kids focus on easier activities, Diego’s Dinosaur Adventure takes it up a notch with challenging ones. It also veers away from the usual math and letters lessons. It teaches kids about dinosaur names and their correct pronunciations, dinosaur bones and skeletal system, and the extinct creature’s food and habitat. So, as a relevant reward system, prizes are bones to be collected.
The major activities for this game are dinosaur racing, matching dinosaur needs, flying dinosaurs, egg rescue and a maze. In the dinosaur racing mini game, kids can pick their own dino to race with. Each dinosaur has a different set of strengths and weaknesses. The path is not safe because of the obstacles such as rocks, wood and water. The Flying game has a similar theme as this.
The Matching game will teach kids responsibility and association. The child must take care of the baby dinosaur by matching certain needs to the newly hatched dino.
The rise of technology is not purely disadvantageous to humans. It can enhance classroom tools and ways of learning at home. Of course, parents should take full responsibility when it comes to the kids’ control of high-tech gadgets. They must supervise the child at all times, especially when in front of the monitor.