This is a collaborative post by Ellie Jo with the benefits of fun and games for kids.
Children thrive when they’re having fun. When they’re happy, smiling and curious, they’re more likely to absorb information because they’re actually enjoying themselves. This is why having fun with games is an incredibly effective way for your child to grow their knowledge and commit information to memory.
A lot of parents associate games with just leisure, but even something like playing a video game or watching a film can help them develop incredibly important skills that they’ll make use of in the future.
So to help break down this concept, we’re going to explain how fun and games can help your child develop important skills.
How Fun and Games Can Help Kids Learn More About the World
The benefits of video games (in moderation)
One of the most controversial topics surrounding children is video games. Parents typically ban video games in the household until a certain age because they feel they can be too addictive and unproductive. This is actually true and without moderation, video games can cause serious issues, especially if your child is given access to violent games with online components.
However, with moderation, video games are fantastic at helping your kids develop cognitive skills and also hand-eye coordination. Some games also encourage your child to stay fit, while others will teach them the value of hard work and overcoming challenges. You can also turn study processes into games with a variety of different apps and software available on tablets, smartphones and even game consoles.
Movies and books always have a message
One of the reasons why many people adore Disney films is because they’re accessible to children and often have subtle messages that will teach your kids more about the world. You can encourage your kids to watch these movies and then use Disney trivia questions and answers to test them about what they saw, what they learned and also encourage them to study the concepts and messages behind the films.
It might take several re-watches of a movie for your child to understand a message, but this is a concept that even adults utilize to learn more about the world. Movies are a great way to learn more about specific things in the world and they can also have a profound impact on our personalities. Pick the right films and it could encourage your child to develop positive skills and a great attitude towards life in general.
Children learn best when they’re having fun, at least in most cases. Playing is a great way to help them develop their bodies and minds, but too much play can also be harmful since they’re more likely to focus on the fun aspect as opposed to the lessons they can learn.
When used in moderation, fun and games are a fantastic way to help your child progress further in life and pick up essential skills. It’s far more interesting than sitting at home with a book (at least, for most children) and it’s worth trying to incorporate a few more games into your child’s study routine if they’re having motivational issues.
Rachel is an Austin blogger, educator, mom, wife, young breast cancer survivor writing about health, saving money, and living a happy life in Austin, Texas.
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