Children have always had a short attention span, and these days it’s even shorter thanks to technology and iPhones. With all the fun distractions around with apps, PlayStations, and the internet, it can be hard to encourage your kids to dedicate some time to pure learning. Every parent wants to watch their child learn and grow, and while we also love to see them enjoy themselves and have fun, it’s important that they continue learning and educating themselves as they go. How to do that in the age of digital communication and endless entertainment? With games, of course!
Whether it’s online or offline, there are plenty of fun games and activities that will encourage learning in your children without them even knowing it! If you’re struggling to come up with fun and exciting ways to keep your kids’ brains developing and growing, we’ve created this list of 6 fun learning games for kids. From board games to fun websites for those kids who can’t get away from the screen to traditional games that require nothing but you and the kids, give these games a go and marvel at how much fun your kids can have while learning!
Let’s start with the easiest way to get kids learning – through the internet! Funbrain is a great website for kids of all ages to play some new games that encourage brain development. With different pages dedicated to games, reading, videos, maths, and more, there’s plenty of content here to keep your kids busy and interested in the world around them.
- Dinner table games
This is a secret learning game in lieu of a conversation. Dinner time is a great way to sneak in some brain activities for the kids, and you can encourage children’s memory by asking them to recount the activities and details of their day. Ask them questions, with the difficulty depending on their age, and a good idea is to also ask them to think of the best thing that happened to them that day. Going over your day helps the brain to retain information, and pointing out the best part of the day helps kids develop a sense of gratitude.
A fun and easy game for everyone in the family, Uno is a sneaky way to encourage kids to learn basic algebra and association between objects. The need to associate colours and numbers can help kids to maintain focus and attention, while also teaching them reason and strategy. It’s maths, in a fun way!
- Guess Who?
Who doesn’t enjoy playing the classic game Guess Who? But this is more than just a fun game! Guess Who? can help younger children with adjectives and developing a sense for people’s different characteristics. You don’t need the board game to play, either! Try playing Guess Who? with characters from movies or games and you’ll get the same effect!
- Build a dollhouse
It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Whether your child is a girl or a boy, building a dollhouse (or any sort of structure) together is a great way to have some fun while also teaching kids motor skills, tactical skills, and giving them an idea of how objects of different weights and materials work together. When you’re done, let the kids decorate for a bit of art education, and afterwards they can unleash their imagination and do with it what they please!
This one’s more for the older kids, but Monopoly can still be lots of fun and teach younger kids patience as well as basic maths skills! Everyone enjoys the game of Monopoly, and it’s a great way to teach teens about things like the importance of saving, financial planning, and budgeting. If your kids are on their way to moving out… this is a great way to get them prepared without all the lectures!