How to Choose the Right Educational Games for Your Child

How to Choose the Right Educational Games for Your Child

Children love to play and they learn through playing. They are continuously developing throughout the first six years of life. During this period, children develop skills in communication, cognitive abilities, motor skills development, and creativity. The right learning environment is essential to helping children maximize their potential, as well as keeping them mentally healthy and safe. Much like physical exercise improves cardiovascular health, regular engagement in activities that develop cognitive, social and emotional skills is crucial in ensuring the healthy development of your child. It is equally important that your child engages in mental stimulation to help build their physical and cognitive capacities. And what better way to help your children develop at an early age than playing educational games.

When choosing educational games to use with children, it is important to strike a balance between education and entertainment. You want to choose educational games that engage your child and keep him coming back for more. Let’s take a closer look at how to choose the best educational games for children.

Age-appropriate

Little children are natural explorers. Their inherent curiosity and fascination about the world around them often leads to amazing learning opportunities. It is always a good idea to inspire them to ask questions about the world so as parents you should be prepared to answer hundreds of them. Early learning toys such as educational games can also help support your children’s interest in learning how the world works.

Generally, it is entirely up to you what you deem as age-appropriate for your children. However you can always refer to the packaging of the educational game that you are planning to buy. Most educational games provide unique challenges with varying degrees of difficulty. Educational games designed for older children might be too difficult to solve or too advanced for your children which could lead to frustration and might discourage your children to pick up the educational game again.

Safety

The purpose of providing educational games to children is to help them develop mental and physical skills. However this should not be used as a reason to compromise on the safety of your children while playing with these educational games. You should always consider the safety of the toy when buying one for your children. Educational games with too many small detachable parts that are considered potential choking hazards are not suitable for very young children especially those who developed a nasty habit of putting objects and toys into their mouths. Read instructions and warnings before considering buying any educational game.

Materials

We are huge fans of anything eco-friendly which is why we highly recommend choosing educational games over their plastic counterparts. Plastic educational games are widely available and they are more convenient to clean. However they are also not the most eco-friendly toys out there. Moreover plastic educational games or any plastic toys might contain BPA or bisphenol-A which is considered as a hormone disruptor and many other toxic chemicals.

Wooden educational games on the other are made from sustainable and renewable resources. Wood as a material is known for its natural antibacterial properties which means your wooden educational games do not get dirty as often. You still need to clean them regularly, however. Additionally, wooden educational games are tactile in nature and good for sensory stimulation.

Budget

Setting a budget when buying something including educational games is good practice. Doing so helps you manage your finances as well as prevent overspending. It could also help you narrow down your list of possible educational toys and will make shopping for educational games easy and simple.


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