Learn While You Play! Finding the Best Online Video Games for Kids

Learn While You Play! Finding the Best Online Video Games for Kids

Posted 08.03.2012 in Articles by Neil-Denny

Long gone are the days when video games were seen as a novelty that rots your brains. Video games have come into their own as a useful educational tool, and a great way to develop hand-eye coordination as well. Why put your kids through the trouble of memorizing a boring multiplication table when they can blast aliens and learn the same material in a way that's faster and a whole lot more fun? We've scoped out some great games online that are not only educational, but thoroughly entertaining, so your kids can earn their gold stars, while you earn parent (or teacher) of the year.

Our first spotlight shines on FunSchool.Kaboose.com. This user friendly site offers plenty of fun games in the fields of Math, Language, Science, Geography & History, Arts & Music, and Sports. You'll find a game on this site appropriate for all grade levels. A few great Math Games we've scouted out include Addition Attack, Cannon Math, and Action Fraction. In Addition Attack, the player must solve both single and double digit math equations before the aliens reach the ground. Cannon Attack combines practice with simple math equations and familiarity with angles all in one entertaining game. For practice with fractions, try Action Fraction, where players must add and subtract fractions quickly to win the race. While these games are perfect for a younger audience, students in middle school and high school will enjoy Dimentia 13. A comprehensive game that tests your knowledge in science, geography, math, history, and pop culture. At the Parents and Teachers Center, you will be provided with great ideas for family activities, arts & crafts projects, and printable word puzzles and coloring pages.

Another great stop ideal for children of all ages is PBSKids.org/games. Here you'll find hundreds of games to choose from in a variety of topics including science, math, vocabulary, rhyming, reading, music, healthy eating, and much more. Students will enjoy the familiar faces they'll get to play with to help make learning from. Popular characters they'll see along the way include Arthur, Curious George, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang, and unforgettable creatures from the world of Dr. Seuss.

Last but not least we have LearningGamesForKids.com. Although this site may not be as visually appealing as the first two, this site offers an excellent variety of games to choose from broken down into categories and separated by grade level. Subjects include Health, Art & Music, Vocab, Math, Literature, Keyboarding, Social Studies, Science, and Brain Games. The “RandoMath” section provides useful math tools like online flash cards and calculator. The “Math Man” game takes a unique spin on the classic Pac Man arcade and implements practice with addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. In the Songs and Video section, you'll find great ways for kids to learn and memorize facts and concepts through music. Best of all, this site isn't just for kids. Adults can find useful learning tools here as well, including a “Typing Challenge” to help increase your words per minute, and a “Randography” section of Geography to help you brush up on World Flags and Capitals. Another great section for adult and child alike is the “Hand-Eye” Category under Brain Games. Using classics like Space Invader, Arkanoid, Tetris and Pac-Man, you can help your child improve their hand-eye coordination, or simply keep yourself entertained with a stroll down memory lane.

Keep these three sites bookmarked and you'll never run out of fun ways to educate and entertain your children and students. By integrating video games into your learning curriculum, it will help make learning fun for everyone.

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Re: Learn While You Play! Finding the Best Online Video Games for Kids
Reply #1 on : Tue October 16, 2012, 08:10:44
do appreciate the practical use of video games, but even as a gamer, i see it as a supplement. can't just sit them in front of a computer all day. still need to engage them in conversation and keep children active. and i hate they're outlawing dodgeball from public schools.

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