Years ago, when children wanted entertainment in the form of game play it meant pulling a board game from the closet, begging a sibling to play along and sitting down at the table until every turn was up and a winner had immerged. Today’s children don’t often play board games, as online games have become all the rage and they either require a partner or come along with many players from all over the world.
Kids games online have increased in popularity, with a multitude of websites available for any time play. If you’re a parent or grandparent, you may frown upon this pastime of today’s youth; but online games for kids can produce many benefits.
Here are 3 reasons that kids should play games online:
If you’re like most parents, when you hear the word “games”, particularly when it is paired with the word “online”, you become very sceptical. That’s understandable, as there are many games aimed toward children – both on and offline – that seem to incite violence and have little educational value. However, there are many gaming sites that provide educational kids games.
These games serve as a development aid, helping both children who are not of age to attend traditional school yet and children who attend school but could use supplemental learning. The games promote independence, as your child will likely be navigating through them at their own pace and for the most part, on their own. They also help improve hand eye co-ordination, spelling, math skills and problem solving skills, as well as many other academic and real life basic but necessary skills. Many also provide opportunities to socialise with peers.
Education and Fun Collide
Kids love playing games online; taking a break from the books and sitting in front a computer screen that offers animated and lively activities is typically welcomed, even after a long day of schooling. Unlike sitting in front of the television to mindlessly watch a show or play computer games that are likely to make you cringe, when your child takes part in online games you can relax and know that they are enjoying themselves while educating themselves – without even noticing it!
Free Time for the Whole Family
It’s important to spend time together as a family, but it’s also important to spend time alone. With younger children, it can be difficult to find forms of entertainment that will actually entertain them for enough time for you to think your own thoughts.
Finding online games for kids of all ages is easy and most are entirely free, and they’ll provide you with well over an hour of free time. Your child won’t get bored, they’ll be learning as they play and you’ll have a chance to relax!
Be sure to keep an eye on your child’s online activities. Use parental controls or software that allows you to block sites you would not want your child to visit; sometimes kids navigate around the internet accidentally and end up on inappropriate sites.
You know what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are, and you can use that to your advantage to choose those kids games online that will benefit your kid the most.
Not all games online are bad! A lot of kids games online are fantastic for educational reasons (not to mention fun!) Don’t be too blinkered, you don’t have to be a kid to enjoy them. I know I do!