Click on the photo box above for my list of the Top 10 Educational Games for Kids
My nephew Ben is about to turn 10 and is at that age when he needs to explore cognitive toys that tie into his school work... and my beautiful niece, Amy, is 5. Together, over the past Thanksgiving and Xmas vacation periods, we have tried and tested almost all educational games on the market (Amy and Ben's mom is a math teacher)
We have here, just for you -- our friends on examiner, compiled a list of our fave games for folks that we like, have found useful, but most importantly, have found educational. I have genuinely had so much fun testing these games with my niece and nephew, felt like a big kid again:) I would say, in comparison to my own childhood when basically the only really educational "games" available were school math puzzles, modern kids' games have greatly improved and enhanced the educational process for kids.
Using the right games can greatly improve a child's intelligence, creativity, intuitiveness, audio and visual recognition while teaching kids different subjects. So, here goes! Above (click the photos link) is a list of the top 10 educational games for kids that I have personally tested, ranked from 10 downwards. I welcome your feedback, and just to say this is only my humble opinion, it's not necessarily set in stone, just our family's perspective.***
***Please believe me when I say that I have not been paid in any way for this article by any of the brands I'm about to name; I am writing this article solely as a general educator of kids and an uncle - kind of like the idea too of helping other folks sort through the wheat and chaff when it comes to separating games that really deserved to be called "educational" from what is just a phony PR pitch, like green washing. Hope that makes sense.
(The product I reviewed previously, Yamie Chess, would have almost certainly made this list although it has not been released yet until Toy Fair 2014 -- see their K-8 teachers' guide page for more details on release.