Games come in all shapes and sizes, from basic toys to complex video games. While games serve the purpose of entertaining your children, there's more going on than kids just having fun.
Children explore and learn through playing as they practice making decisions and solving problems. So while kids are having a blast during playtime, games can help foster a variety of academic skills and a love of learning.
Through new technology, interactive video games in particular present a great way for kids to learn independently. Video games that incorporate your child's favorite television or cartoon character with basic math and reading skills are optimal at engaging kids.
"The games are entertaining and intuitive, enabling younger kids in the family to have fun while learning at their own pace," says Samantha Ryan, senior vice president of development and production for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.
When selecting video games for your child, look for the following features:
By choosing the right games your children will get more out of playtime than just smiles on their faces.
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