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What are Educational Games?

Written by Rachel Beechin 9/30/2020

Educational games are used in classrooms, the community, and at home to help students review material or gain skills. Education can seem like a serious undertaking, and it is vitally important for children’s growth. Educational games can be an overlooked resource that can help engage kids in learning as well as develop their skills.

The benefits of educational games

Games are a great way to get and keep kids engaged in the material they’re learning. It can be hard for kids to sit and listen to a lesson, especially if they have difficulties with paying attention. Educational games can make learning fun and interesting and provide kids with some healthy competition as well. Games based on curriculum can also help children remember the material they were taught.

In addition to teaching kids information, games can also aid in children’s development. Educational Games can provide kids with opportunities to develop strategic thinking and problem-solving skills. They can also develop other skills depending on the game, such as map-reading, hand-eye coordination, and computer fluency in a way that other forms of learning may not be as successful at.

Example games

Some examples of games that can be used to incorporate learning materials as well as developmental opportunities are Jeopardy, Pictionary, Scattergories, puzzles, and some video games. Games like Jeopardy, Pictionary, and Scattergories rely on quick thinking and making connections. Puzzles require problem-solving skills. Playing video games also often uses problem-solving skills as well as hand-eye coordination.

Game resources and creation

All in all, educational games are a valuable resource for kids both at home and in the classroom. Games can teach students in multiple ways, but it’s also important for kids to have fun while learning. The majority of a child’s life is spent in the classroom, so a love of learning is one of the most important lessons to learn. After all, learning doesn’t stop when you leave the classroom. 

Here at Farmington Underground, we create many games to educate and engage. Anyone can learn by playing educational games. You can put those problem-solving skills to the test in an escape room, on a historical scavenger hunt, or have us work with you to create a custom game to fit your needs. If you would like to work with us on creating an educational game for you, please reach out!