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Great Learning Games for Kids

With modern technology, it is not surprising that kids could become so techie and wired as early as three years old.  While this is is supposed to be a good thing, I know of many parents who have this as a reason to worry, especially when kids could become so preoccupied with their online games, videos and social networking sites that they forget to connect with other people in their own homes.

I am not saying that playing online games or spending time in the internet could be bad for the kids– our own kids play games in the computer, too but always, we see to it that we monitor and limit their time.  There are other games that could that could be very beneficial to their learning.  What’s great about these games is that they could be played by many family members so it  could serve as a great bonding time, too.

So here are a few suggestion of games that could be great for your child’s learning:

1.  Puzzles

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3D puzzle of the Empire State Building in New York


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300-pc puzzle the kids completed

For toddlers, puzzles aid in the development of cognitive and psychomotor development.  It is also great for development of the eye-hand coordination skills.  Studies show that solving tiny pieces of puzzle helps kids develop their problem-solving ability.  It teaches them to persevere and not to give up.  Of course, after every puzzle is solved, a child usually feels good about himself– in other words, solving a puzzle helps boost a child’s self-esteem.

Puzzles  are not only for children.  It  is also beneficial for adults.  Instead of spending too much time watching TV or online, one could challenge himself to finish a 1,000-piece puzzle!  Elderly people who are still fond of puzzles, according to studies, are found out to have better memory skills.

2.  Rubik’s Cube

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Rubik’s cube is also another kind of puzzle that has become so popular in the 80’s.  Just as exercising helps develop our physical bodies, playing games like the Rubik’s cube exercises our brain cells.  This is good for elementary level kids and for adults of all ages, too.   In a  five-year study involving more than 400 participants over 75 years of age, it was found that activities that involve thought, such as reading, writing and board games, were more likely to ward off dementia.


3.  Board Games


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Our family’s collection of board games

Board games are excellent for family time.  It is a good way to bond and teach kids to use their initiative, to think on their own and to be handle defeat.  It also teaches them how to follow rules and learn many of life’s important lessons the fun way.  For older kids, chess could be an excellent way to teach kids about focus, to skillfully strategize and determination.

 4.  Lego

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Roi’s Lego set

Lego develops a child’s spatial perception, challenges his creativity and ingenuity.  The more LEGO pieces and the more diverse their shapes, the better!  A child could never go wrong with LEGO because he can create anything he/she wants with it!  LEGO helps a child’s patience and gives him a sense of accomplishment once his/ her creation is done.

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What’s Next?

When Roi is passionate about something, he really puts energy on it.  I guess I can’t question where he got it from *clears throat*.

Haha! :)

I remember how passionate he was with Cars/ Lightning Mc Queen, then Veggietales, then Ben 10, then Plants vs. Zombies… and now Angry Birds.  I wonder who/ what’s next?

Recently we watched the movie “Ice Age 4” and we really had fun!  We were laughing and smiling from start to finish.  Ria and Roi have been memorizing some lines as they have surfed clips from youtube.

For now it’s hard to determine what Roi is really passionate about. He is definitely musically inclined, but he is not that keen in learning a musical instrument yet. I hope he does soon, so we could enroll him at a music school somewhere.

When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, he would tell you he would like to be an Engineer. A Pastor Engineer, he would say. Maybe he needs to play with toy milling machines to get some practice. For now he has this Lego as a present from his godparents, but he doesn’t seem to play with it often.

Presents from godparents-- lucky little man!




Psychomotor Skills

When Roi was a lot younger, he had problems with his psychomotor skills. I mean I am sure it was normal for his age, but his speech development is a lot advanced compared to his age. He did not have trouble with baby talk, and he easily conversed with adults even at an age when other kids his age would still be stammering.

So we bought him toys that improved his psychomotor skills. He liked it, and even pretended to be a mechanic fixing a machine or something. Pretty soon it was noticeable that his psychomotor skills have greatly improved.
Toys like these are ideal– we bought him lego, too.  Aside from developing his psychomotor skills, he also had fun imagining what to make:  cars, houses, towers, etc. At his age of 6, we are also trying to teach him how to be patient and do things systematically. I am sure jigsaw puzzles would help him, so we might look for those in the Philippines. Boardgames would also be fun for him and for the family, too.