Games are a reflection of how the human brain learns. Through teamwork and desired goals, games motivate young minds to develop skills and reach above their comfort zone in a fun and competitive way. They also shadow their opponents actions by observing their downfalls and techniques, what more could we ask for?
When children learn, they do it because they have to. Do you want your child to always learn in the same way, and to come home hating it? Think back to when you were at school. How did you feel about learning, and how much did you actually learn? Was it fun or was it a chore? Most children find learning to be the latter, so why don’t we teach our children in such a way that they believed was a reward? It is scientifically proven that by incorporating a type of ‘game’ into a child’s session, their cognitive retention will improve and they will want to do better the next time round. As teachers, we are always looking for the best way to help a child grasp a concept, and despite this being one of the least considered exercises, games can have the best effect.
A question many parents ask is “how are games going to assist my child’s learning?”. Whilst children are playing a game, they develop skills as they understand the game more. This means that games can help develop key skills such as memory, drawing, guessing, calculating and socialising. All of these skills are what we expect our children to learn from daily learning but in a fun and interactive way!
Jean Piaget, a Swiss psychologist known for his work on child development, once stated: “The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done”. Learning is believed to be “successful” through handouts that involve different questions on the same topic. However, learning takes place when children are undertaking new challenges. As they are consolidating with what they know through different social environments, they adapt their behaviour and perform advanced learning skills.
Give it a trial at home, sit down with your child and ask them to complete a worksheet outlining the topic given. Then, allow the child to complete the same task in an interactive and fun way. Which one has more impact on the child’s understanding of the topic? Let us know below.