Educational games provides students with the opportunity to enhance the learning experience taught in textbooks, workbooks, worksheets and other aspects of the classroom environment. When introducing educational games into the learning environment, teachers, parents and others can help students of all ages have fun playing games while learning the skills necessary to succeed in math, reading, social studies and other subjects.
FunBrain is a website for grades K-8 that features bright, colorful pages full of fun, interesting and challenging games. Games are divided into categories of math, reading, fun and playground across the bottom of the home page to allow quick access. Down the front of the page, games may be played by clicking on “Arcades,” “All Games,” “Books and Comics” as well as “More Fun.” Within each of these categories are several games at various grade or functioning levels. One nice feature about FunBrain is that the site also includes a page for parents as well as teachers. Parents can help children learn at home while exploring FunBrain. The whole family can become involved and entertained playing the educational games.
PBS cartoons are familiar to many children so students will enjoy learning while playing games on PBSKids. Parents and teachers will appreciate the wide variety of educational games in math, science, reading, letters, vocabulary, spelling and even music. A nice feature to the site is that students can choose a specific category of games such as games featuring dinosaurs or dress-up. With pages for both parents and teachers, the learning experience at PBS Games can be experienced at school or at home.
Learning Games for Kids not only helps kids learn with educational games in subject areas such as math and reading, but also teaches typing skills, literature, social studies, nature, geography and much more through educational games. The games educate on the pre-school level up to the older student who may need extra help and can benefit from educational games or who just wants to play games and have fun while learning at the same time.
For family game night, classic learning games can help students improve skills. Scrabble may have become even more popular with the release of the movie “Akeelah and the Bee,” which told the story of a girl from a troubled neighborhood and school wrought with students who did not want to learn and bullied other students. Akeelah loved to play Scrabble, both the board game and on the computer, a game she used to play with her father until he was tragically killed, having been gunned down in their troubled neighborhood.
Scrabble was utilized by students who were gifted spellers who frequently met to enhance their spelling skills, while challenging and inspiring their peers. Akeelah inspired her school and neighborhood as she competed in her first school spelling bee and traveled to Washington DC, winning the national title in a tie. Scrabble may be considered a fun, educational, challenging game for the entire family.
Since the first Apples to Apples board game was released in 1999, Mattel has published several newer versions, making this fun card game a great choice for family game night. Featuring cards of nouns and adjectives, players try to match a card from their nouns cards to the judges one adjective card. After what may turn out to be much debate and negotiating, the judge with the green card will decide which player selected the most appropriate red noun card from his or her deck to most closely match the description named on the judge’s green adjective card.
Several variations of Apples to Apples have enabled players younger than the original recommended age of 12 and up to enjoy the game, enhancing their learning experience as well as communication skills. Love to Know Board Games says that the game also develops verbal skills “as children explain their decision making and reasoning,” critical thinking skills and that the game promotes positive relationships between students when used in the classroom.
The Civil War Game was originally developed for use in the classroom when it made its debut in 1974. It can now be found on-line from Learning Game or Educational Materials Associates (EMA), which features several other history, geography and wildlife games. The Civil War Game can may also be found in museum gift shops, particularly historical museums.
Students in grades 4-12 use trivia flash cards with Civil War facts and figures. Players win cards by correctly answering information contained on a card or by correctly challenging an answer given by another player. One to six players can enjoy this game, complete with study guide to enhance knowledge of the Civil War. If playing the educational version, up to 30 players can all enjoy Civil War Games.
No matter what age, grade level or functioning level, educational games are available to help students learn necessary skills to not only become proficient in individual subjects, but to enhance the overall learning experience. Students learn communication skills, how to negotiate and create positive relationships with others when playing educational games.